New Jersey prosecutors have declined to file charges against the owner of two pit bulls that killed a three-year-old boy and wounded his mother on March 16.
Aziz Ahmed died after the two unregistered dogs broke into his backyard and attacked him and his mother in Carteret.
The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office said investigators determined that they did not find ‘intentional, knowing, or reckless criminal conduct’ on the part of the dog owner
‘In this case, based upon the information known at this time, it would appear as if no law has been violated,’ the letter reads.
‘Thus, despite the well-intended demands for justice, no charges will presently be filed. Again, this decision is based upon the facts and evidence known to law enforcement at this time.’
There are no state laws in New Jersey specific for dog attacks and prosecutors have to find ways to prosecute pet owners under existing laws.
A vigil was held in the young boy’s memory on Sunday where attendees called for lawmakers to pass ‘Aziz’s Law’ which would allow the owners of killer dogs to face criminal charges.
‘If there is no law, we will fight to make a law,’ Oma Morgan, a co-worker of Aziz’s father Tanveer said.
‘They hold people accountable for jaywalking or letting a dog poop on your front lawn.’
The Coney Island Auto Parts in Avenel where Tanveer Ahmed works has started a GoFundMe to help pay for his young son’s funeral expenses that has since raised more than $225,000.
‘The young mother fought with all she had to save her little boy despite her efforts to save her son; his injuries were too severe even with the help of first responders little Aziz could not be saved,’ the GoFundMe reads.
‘As for Aziz’s mother she is still fighting for her life and needs multiple more surgeries, she will never fully recover from the scars she now has to live with.’
A neighbour said the dogs have bitten a number of residents who know to avoid walking near the home where the pit bulls live.
Cops shot one of the pit bulls immediately when they arrived at the scene and the other was euthanized later.