Pit bull owners have not cornered the market on narcissism. This is the story of Susan and Gary Kolb, narcissists extraordinaire.
and Gary lived in Jersey City New Jersey with their son, and two
Boerboel dogs, Jumba and Imani. Just a little background on Boerboel
dogs, they are a guarding breed from South Africa and expected to weigh
100 pounds or more. Please read this loopy breed description from Dog Breeds of the World.
In 2009 Jumba and Imani, pictured above, were involved in three separate attacks,
earning three counts of fourth degree aggravated assault with a deadly
weapon for their owner Susan Kolb. BTW, I like these charges very much.
Susan Kolb did not have her dogs on a leash during any of these
attacks. She also denies that James Joyce was injured but she does
blame him for approaching her dogs "incorrectly." Per the Jersey
Journal "Based on all the facts and circumstances related to these three
separate and distinct incidents, the grand jury found probable cause to
believe there was reckless conduct on the part of the defendant,"
Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio said.
weight of Kolb's dogs was reported as 260 pounds. This is courtroom
photo of Susan Kolb, could this woman be realistically expected to
restrain 260 pounds of canine?
Per the Jersey Journal
L. Rodriguez, 24, of Brunswick Street, was injured on Jan. 19 at
Washington Street and Christopher Columbus Drive. He said Kolb unleashed
the dogs and they ran across the street and tore into his arm.
group of construction workers tried to scare the dogs away during the
attack and a driver tried to frighten them off with his car. Kolb said
the dogs got spooked by trucks plowing snow and got away from her.
Joyce, 24, said he needed six stitches after being attacked on Jan. 9
by the dogs at Warren and Morris streets. Joyce, who has also filed a
lawsuit against Kolb and her husband Gary, said he was struggling to
keep one dog from biting his face when the other bit him in the groin
Susan Kolb said Joyce was not injured and that he had approached the dogs incorrectly.
Sept. 21, at the park at Greene and Essex streets, police said the two
dogs were reportedly unleashed when they knocked down a woman who was
carrying her 6-month-old granddaughter. Kolb said she thought the park
was empty." All of these victims required medical treatment.
The photo below
was snapped by Li He and Xiangwei Liu on the day Kolb's dogs attacked
Liu's mother while she was carrying their six month old baby.
But the story does not end here, not by a long shot.
Kolb's dogs were impounded and at trial in May of 2009
Kolb agreed to send the dogs out of state in order to avoid an order to
euthanize them. This is a magic phrase for Kolb, you will see it again.
The promise to send the dogs away halted the court proceeding to try
the dogs under the New Jersey Vicious Dog Law which would likely result
in Jumba and Imani being euthanized. BUT in January of 2011 Jersey City
police discovered Kolb still had the dogs at her home.
The dogs were discovered at the Kolb residence when police were called by concerned neighbors. Per the Jersey Journal
"On Jan. 17 Jersey City police got a 911 call from Kolb's neighbor
saying Kolb's husband was being attacked by two dogs. When police
knocked on Kolb's door they were told there was no problem, Hernandez
No problem? The dogs that she agreed to remove from the
state of New Jersey in May of 2009 to avoid euthanization as vicious
dogs were attacking her husband, in their home, and the attack was in
progress!!! On January 28th a search and seizure warrant was obtained,
Jumba and Imani were seized again and sent to the Liberty County Humane
Society. Susan Kolb was arrested on outstanding warrants for unpaid
fines. The prosecutors office later filed contempt charges with the
potential for 18 months in prison. Susan Kolb freely admitted these were
the same dogs and she entered a guilty plea to the contempt charges.
Kolb again PROMISED TO MOVE THE DOGS OUR OF JERSEY CITY. You have not
seen the last of this promise. Jersey City's problem was about to become
the problem of Jefferson Township New Jersey.
Has Susan Kolb learned her lesson?
Well, no, she has not. On August 29, 2011 the Jersey Journal reported that Susan Kolb stole Jumba and Imani from the Liberty County Humane Society
during the Hurricane Irene evacuation. The dogs were returned a day
after they were discovered missing, following police inquires.
Kolb is getting to be a legal system nightmare. No further charges were
filed on this caper. On September 25th a trial date was set for the
criminal contempt charges.
On October 6th Kolb's dogs were
released to her by order of the Jersey City Prosecutor with a direct
order to REMOVE THEM FROM THE DISTRICT. Kolb's vehicle was escorted from
the premises by two Hudson County Sheriff's vehicles. The order stated
that the dogs were to be transported to a residence outside Jersey City.
Susan was sentenced to probation and 100 hours of community service.
Susan Kolb also agreed to pay a $10,000 fine. Kolb paid $4,000
restitution on Liberty County Humane Society for the care of the dogs.
Kolb made a statement in court "I'm sorry for what I did."
Susan Kolb treated the laws of the state of New Jersey like they were
printed on toilet paper and the best she can come up with is "I'm sorry
for what I did"?
It's all good and everyone has learned a lesson, right?
The first week of October of 2011 the Kolbs moved to Jefferson Township
New Jersey. On moving day they were escorted to the Jersey City line
by Jersey City Police. At the Jefferson border they were met by
Jefferson Police. This was not a "welcome to the neighborhood" courtesy
call. Clearly Jefferson Township officials were aware of the Kolb's
history. Neighbors were not thrilled with the Kolbs, and violations of a
court order to muzzle the dogs whenever they were off the Kolb's
property began soon after moving day. Susan Kolb was less than cordial to her new neighbors.
A resident of the Oak Ridge development told a reporter "They have
moved to my neighborhood ... filled with small children," she said.
"It's actually making me a little crazy. ... I don't know if these dogs
can get out easily.
The other morning they weren't muzzled and I
asked her about it. She said she would (expletive deleted) sue me if I
kept harassing her."
Just days later, on October 18, 2011 Gary and Susan Kolb were found walking Jumba and Imani without muzzles in violation of court order. Here is the story per the Jefferson Patch
Post, a neighbor and a Little Falls police sergeant, testified that he
was at a local bagel shop early that morning when he saw a Jefferson
police car turn down a road that led to his neighborhood. Post said he
sensed the police officer was responding to the Kolbs and their dogs.
he arrived in his neighborhood, Post said, he pulled to the side of the
road and saw Jefferson Cpl. Bryan Christie, the Kolbs and the dogs.
Post said that he was told by Jefferson Township Council President
Richard Yocum that the dogs were not to be in public unless muzzled and
on a short leash. Post said he spoke briefly to Christie.
said he was close enough to the police car to hear the sounds of a
conversation between the police officer and the Kolbs but not all of the
actual words. He did say that he heard the phrases. “There are bear
around” and “they are hard to get on.”
He testified he was unable to determine which of the Kolbs spoke the phrases.
Kolb’s attorney Robert Dunn asked Post how he knew the Kolbs were
walking the dogs, and Post replied that when he called Jefferson police
to report the incident the officer who took the call mentioned that
there had been other calls. Post also said two neighbors told him they
also called police.
Gary Kolb testified that they walked the dogs
between 5 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. when it was still dark so the presence of
the dogs would not alarm neighbors.
On Oct. 18, Kolb testified,
they were walking with the dogs. He walked Jumba, and his wife Susan
walked Imani, when Jumba went into a wooded area along the street to
relieve himself. When they came out, Kolb said, Jumba’s muzzle had
slipped. They decided to walk toward Chamberlain Road where there was a
street light and planned to remuzzle the dog at that point.
About that time Christie showed up in his patrol car, Kolb said.
said he showed the officer that the muzzle was in his hand and tried to
explain that it had come off in the woods. He said that one reason he
had not immediately replaced the muzzle on Jumba was that there had been
reports of a bear in the neighborhood, one by a neighbor and another by
the bus driver who brings their son home from school.
Kolb said that he was afraid that his dog would be injured if muzzled and there had been a bear in the neighborhood.
“These dogs are loyal, fearless and protective,” Kolb said."
Jumba and Imani were impounded, again. Both Gary and Susan Kolb pled not guilty to failure to muzzle, both were charged with contempt of court and indicted by the Morris County Grand Jury.
The Kolbs would have been wise to obtain a monthly parking pass at the
Justice Center. Susan faced a hearing to determine if she had violated the terms of her probation.
Susan Kolb with lawyer Gerald Miller
Back in canine slammer, things again look bad for Jumba and Imani. In an offer that has no element of surprise, SUSAN OFFERS TO PACK UP HER DOGS AND MOVE AGAIN.
She stated “This is one of several ideas that we and our lawyer are
proposing to expedite the solution of this misunderstanding,”
Misunderstanding? Not so much. Per the New Jersey Journal
offer isn’t even going to start a conversation,” said Jefferson
Municipal Prosecutor James LaSala, who had already offered the Kolbs a
deal of his own: Send the dogs to an out-of-state rescue facility and
pay $10,000 in housing costs the township has incurred after seizing the
dogs last October. LaSala said that by accepting these terms, the Kolbs
would avoid a trial that could result in the dogs being euthanized"
Incredibly Susan Kolb claimed "We don't believe we are guilty of the contempt charge as we did everything possible to follow the order." What??????
Susan blamed her neighbors
for her current legal difficulties stating they were experiencing
"tremendous hostility" by "certain individuals in the Township of
Jefferson per a Jefferson Patch article titled "Don't kill Our Dogs,
We'll Move - Again, couple Says."
Jefferson Township New Jersey was not proving to be the safe haven that Susan and Gary were searching for. Neighbors went on record with their fears. An editorial by the Star Ledger Editorial Board, "liked" by 8,586 readers, called for euthanization of Jumba and Imani. A later editorial
also written by the Star Ledger Editorial Board called for sending the
dogs out of state and failing that, euthanizing them because their
owners were not capable of handling them in a responsible manner.
Kolb complained that she and her husband were being bullied into giving
up their dogs. She took an additional step that is not a shocker, she
set up a 501c3 called savenjdogs.com.
to "help other dog owners" but looking over the goals makes it clear
that the $10,000 goal is meant to cover the legal expenses of Susan and
Susan and Gary Kolb
In January of 2013 Jumba died of lymphoma while still in custody. Imani remains at the Jefferson Township Municipal Pound. Just this week Susan Kolb has agreed to send Imani to a facility in Utah
(Best Friends?) in exchange for dropping all civil and criminal charges
against her. Kolb's lawyer does hint at prospective problems by stating
that the only hitch might be the transportation of Imani must be
accomplished in the next few weeks. Susan Kolb is scheduled to appear on
April 10th in Superior Court for paperwork to be signed that would end
Jefferson Township Animal Control would be
wise to do regular inspections of the Kolb property. Susan Kolb has made
many promises to send her dogs away and never did. The magic never