The Rockville Animal Control Board announced last week that it would not reopen a hearing on the Sept. 15 mauling of a woman by three Rottweilers.

That decision virtually assures that the controversy over the fate of the dogs will shift to Montgomery County Circuit Court.

Arlynn Joffe, whose injuries from the attack required 150 stitches, and Rockville officials last month asked the board to reconsider its order banning the animals from the city and instead require that the dogs be killed. With the decision by the board not to rehear the case, the civic association representing the North Farm neighborhood where the attack took place has expressed its interest in pursuing the matter in court.

The city currently has custody of the dogs, which are housed in separate, undisclosed kennels in the county.

The Rockville City Council will hold its next regular session at 7:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall, Maryland Avenue at Vinson Street.


The town has hired a full-time gardener and horticulturist, at an annual salary of $20,000, to landscape and tend the town's parks and public areas.

Following a unanimous vote by the Town Council last month, Mayor Walter J. Behr hired Jonathan Dawkins, who earned an associate degree in horticulture from Michigan State University and has owned a landscaping business.


The Takoma Park City Council will appoint a new mayor at its Dec. 10 meeting to replace Stephen J. Gel Giudice, who won a seat on the Prince George's County Council in a historic write-in campaign. {See related story in today's Maryland Weekly.}

The council will hold a work session Dec. 3 to agree on a set of nominees. For information on time and location, call 270-1700.

Council members Marc Elrich and Edward Sharp have expressed interest in the post. Others interested in being considered for the position should write by Nov. 30 to City Clerk Paula Jewell, Takoma Park Municipal Building, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park, Md. 20912.