Mark Joffe of Rockville, whose wife was mauled Sept. 15 by three Rottweiler dogs owned by a neighbor, said yesterday he will seek to have the animals destroyed rather than banished from the community as ordered by the city's Animal Control Board.
He is backed by the local civic association, which initially endorsed the banishment.
"There is no guarantee that this won't happen again," Joffe said. "Once the dogs leave Rockville, we have no control over them. If they're not safe here, they are not safe any place."
Joffe said he plans to file a petition this week for a rehearing on the board's decision, formalized as an order issued yesterday, to ban the dogs from Rockville and bar their owners from bringing others into their home.
"We have to compel the board to deal with destroying the dogs," said Joffe. "It has not fulfilled its responsibility."
Joffe's wife, Arlynn, 39, required 150 stitches for leg and thigh wounds suffered in the attack. The couple's 3-year-old son, Brett, witnessed the mauling and suffered minor injuries.
The decision to banish the Rottweilers came following an emotional public hearing Oct. 2. It was in line with a last-minute agreement reached by the city, the dogs' owners and the North Farm Citizens Association.
The citizens association voted Sunday to withdraw from the agreement and back the Joffes' petition to reopen the case.
The dogs' owners, Paul and Hagit Levin, who have signed the agreement, reacted angrily to the association's move.
"If you destroy my dogs, there is no agreement," said Hagit Levin. She said she would feel free to get new dogs.
The board's order declares the three dogs -- Lear, the 5-year-old mother, and her two year-old male offspring, Bear and Caesar -- to be dangerous animals that must be permanently separated.
Under the agreement, Caesar would be sent to Israel to live with Hagit Levin's family. Bear and Lear would be relocated to farms at undisclosed locations in Maryland.
The city seized the dogs from the owners Sept. 18 and is paying to board them at a kennel until the arrangements are completed.
Mayor Douglas Duncan said city officials, wary of protracted litigation, wanted to ensure the dogs never returned to the community. Duncan said the case could drag on for several months if the board decides to rehear the case. "I expect the dogs to be in a kennel for quite some time," the mayor said.