Neighbors fear animal rescue Pit bulls

(WHTM) – In Cumberland County, a safe haven for animals, has some people fearing for their safety.

For three and a half years, Janine Guido, founder of Speranza Animal Rescue, has been rescuing abused and abandoned animals.

“It’s a very long story why I do this,” said Guido. “Pretty much they’ve saved my life and I’m just returning the favor to them.”

There are 47 dogs there. Almost all are Pit bulls or mixes.

“We get them from bad situations, we rehab them and then we adopt them out to loving homes,” said Guido.

People who live in homes nearby are fearful.

“Someone could simply make a mistake, they trip, they fall, it gets loose and our dog, he’s just a little guy and who knows what could happen to him in the back yard,” said Stephen Catalano, a concerned citizen.

“We have never in the almost four years we’ve been here had a dog escape off our property,” said Guido.

Still, Catalano would like to see some changes.

“Would be for them to put these dogs behind fences where they walk them,” Catalano said.

“Fence in our whole 20 acres, which we looked up the cost, that’s close to $100,000,” said Guido. “We’re fully a donation rescue. We don’t have that kind of money.”

There’s a hearing before the Monroe Township Planning Commission on Wednesday January 11 at 7 p.m. The hearing before the Township Supervisors is on February 9 at 7 p.m.

The animal rescue has a petition to gain support from township residents. You can find the petition by clicking here.

“It’s just ignorance. It sucks,” said Guido.

“We don’t really want to get rid of it. We love dogs and we’re glad that they’re doing this for these dogs who do get a bad name,” said Catalano. “We just would like the assurance that we’re safe at our own property.”

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