Charges filed after dog kills bear

August 28, 2008 5:25:35 AM PDT
Legal concerns for the owner a Rottweiler that authorities say killed a black bear cub at a Morris County home this week.

Teri Daubner says her 5-year-old dog, Max, was doing what dogs do -- protecting its owners.

But the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals yesterday charged the Jefferson Township woman with two counts of failure to provide proper shelter for her dog and two counts of causing the death of an animal.

The first counts are criminal charges, and the second counts are civil charges filed on behalf of the animal.

Daubner could face up to six months in jail and a maximum fine of $2,000.

Daubner's dog was in an outdoor kennel but got out when the cub wandered onto the property Tuesday. Daubner had built the pen in July after the Rottweiler caused the death of a neighborhood dog.