A St. Petersburg, Florida, police officer shot and killed two dogs Sunday night.
Chris Clark, 44, said he was walking his Rottweiler, Quincy, and his landlord’s Chesapeake Bay retriever, Missy, when he heard a police officer shouting at him — Officer Slobodan Juric, who was investigating a complaint about a suspicious person in the area.
When Clark stopped, a third dog, unleashed approached Missy and the two exchanged growls. Quincy’s leash got wrapped around him. Clark fell and the dogs started fighting.
Clark told the St. Petersburg Times that he was grabbing his dogs’ collars, trying to pull them away, when Juric yelled “mad dog” and pointed the gun at Missy.
Clark said Juric fired one shot into the dog, pointed the gun at Quincy and fired another round, then fired two more shots into Missy.
“We’ve begun an internal affairs investigation,” said St. Petersburg Police Department spokesman Mike Puetz. “There will be a statement taken from (Clark) and from everybody who was a witness in the case, to try and discern the totality of the events and the appropriateness of the (officer’s) action.”
Juric, 25, has been with the department for more than a year. He was formerly a freelance photographer for the St. Petersburg Times.
Posted by John Woestendiek September 14th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
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One human bit another at a New York dog park Sunday night.
Police said a fight broke out between two dog owners at Kennedy Dells dog park in New City. Apparently one dog owner did not like the fashion in which the other owner’s dog was playing with his dog.
During the altercation, one dog owner bit the other on the wrist, police said.
The victim was treated for injuries and released, the Journal News reported.
The Rockland County Sheriff’s Department was investigating.
Posted by John Woestendiek May 25th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: altercation, animals, bit, bite, bitten, disturbance, dog park, dogs, fight, human bite, humans, injuries, kennedy dells, new city, new york, news, ohmidog!, parks, pets, police, rockland county
Marquel Dawson of Fairfield, Calif., told the news media he used a Samurai sword to fight off a mountain lion that was attacking his dog.
And the news media — despite no confirmation from police or fish and game authorities — duly reported it:
Teen uses Ninja sword to fight off mountain lion, reported KGO-TV in San Francisco.
Dog, sword-wielding teen drive off lion, read the headline on a UPI article.
KTVU reported, Teen saves dog from mountain lion with sword, before correcting the headline, except for its dubious grammar.
As it turns out, state game and fish officials say it was most likely a raccoon — and not a sword-wielding one — that Dawson’s pit bull mix tangled with in a marshy area near Fairfield. Most media outlets corrected their earlier versions of the story yesterday, though KTVU left a “c” out of raccoon in its correction.
It was yet another case of the news media — as it did with Zeus the Rottweiler — jumping the gun, the kind of boo-boo that, with continued cutbacks in news staff, leaving less time to dig past the surface, is becoming more common than ever.
Dawson told news outlets the animal his dog chased into the bushes after was a mountain lion. But after examining the dog with a veterinarian, and tracks in the area, Fish and Game warden Patrick Foy, who pointed out Dawson called the news media as opposed to police, said Thursday the evidence suggests it was a raccoon.
Dawson said he and his dog, Stunna, a 65 pound pit bull-shepherd mix, were walking in a muddy area Wednesday a short distance from his family’s Fairview Place home when the dog noticed something rustling in a bush and went in after it. As the animals struggled, he told reporters, he went home and got his Samurai sword.
When he got back, he says, he whacked the “mountain lion” hitting it in the shoulder, at which point the animal fled.
Stunna was treated by a veterinarian for cuts and scrapes across his face and legs and is expected to survive.
Posted by John Woestendiek February 12th, 2010 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: assumptions, attack, attacked, california, dog, fairfield, fight, fish and game, jumping to conclusions, marquel dawson, media, mistakes, mountain lion, news, pit bull, raccoon, reporting, samurai, saves, sword
Rachael Ray’s pit bull mauled another dog, and the talk show host is worried that the attack could lead to her dog being put down, Radar Online reports.
Ray’s dog, Isaboo, recently bit off part of the ear of another dog in Greenwich Village, the website reported.
Ray’s husband immediately contacted the other dog’s owners and paid their vet bills, and a vet was able to save most of the ear.
According to the story, it wasn’t the first time Ray’s dog has been involved in a violent incident, including one that left Ray injured.
Isaboo was in a fight with another dog three years ago. When Ray intervened she received a gash on her hand, the website reported.
In the most recent incident, Radar Online says — citing the National Enquirer as its source — Isaboo was walking past another dog in Greenwich Village when she bit the other dog, tearing its ear.
Posted by John Woestendiek February 11th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
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It may not look like it, but Chris Rickard, a farmer in Australia, said the fight he put up to save his dog from an angry kangaroo that was trying to drown it, ended in a draw.
Rickard, 49, said he was walking his blue heeler Rocky on Sunday morning when they surprised a sleeping kangaroo in Arthur’s Creek, northeast of Melbourne. The dog chased the animal into a pond, where the kangaroo then turned and pinned the pet underwater. Rickard dove in and tried to pull his dog free, but the kangaroo turned on him, too.
Rickard said he managed to end the attack , and save his dog, when he elbowed the kangaroo in the throat as it tried to hold him under water, The Herald Sun reported.
“I thought I might take a hit or two dragging the dog out from under his grip, but I didn’t expect him to actually attack me,” Rickard said. “I was stuck having to hold onto the dog with both hands because it was half drowned and I couldn’t really see anything because the kangaroo just ripped into me.”
You can see a video of Rickard, recounting the incident from his hospital bed, here.
(Photo via Herald Sun)
Posted by John Woestendiek November 23rd, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, attack, australia, australian, battle, blue heeler, chris rickard, dog, drown, farmer, fight, kangaroo, pet, pets, rescue, rocky, roo, victoria
A confrontation over an unleashed dog ended in a California man’s arrest on suspicion of a hate crime, after a woman reported that he screamed racial slurs and tried to hit her with his pickup truck at Point Isabel Regional Shoreline, .
Police are continuing to interview witnesses who were present Saturday afternoon in what bills itself as “the largest public off-leash dog park in the nation,” according to a Contra Costa Times report.
Police booked David Triebwasser, 48, on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and committing a hate crime. He later posted $175,000 bail.
The 55-year-old black woman arrived at the park in Southwest Richmond with her German shepherd about 2:20 p.m., according to police reports. Apparently upset about the dog’s behavior, Triebwasser, who is white, confronted the woman.
The woman told police he shouted, “Take your black ass out of this park!” and threatened to kill her if she did not obey. She reported that he shouted racial slurs, punched her in the face and hit her with his pickup truck.
Both the man and woman called police. The woman declined medical treatment .
Officers found several witnesses who observed a heated exchange and who confirmed some details of the man’s and woman’s assertions. Triebwasser denied voicing racial slurs, hitting the woman with his car or punching her, police said.
Posted by John Woestendiek August 26th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: altercation, argument, arrest, assault, california, david triebwasser, dog park, dogs, fight, hate crime, point isabel regional shoreline, police, racial, richmond, unleashed
A former Marine who was hospitalized after a fight over a barking dog died Sunday in a Massachusetts hospital.
Brian Cherry, 48, of Abington, suffered severe brain injuries when he was punched and hit his head on ground, according to an Associated Press report.
He’d been hospitalized since July 6 when Michael McGunigle, 49, allegedly punched him in the head outside a coffee shop after Cherry suggested McGunigle better restrain his dog . The dog, even though inside his car, was menacing passers-by, police said.
McGunigle is free on bail after pleading not guilty to aggravated assault. The Plymouth District Attorney’s office is awaiting autopsy results before determining whether new charges are filed.
Posted by John Woestendiek July 14th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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Police found an 8-month-old puppy taped to the side of a refrigerator in a Boulder, Colorado home Tuesday morning, the apparent subect and victim of a domestic dispute between his owner and his girlfriend.
Abby Toll, 20, was arrested on suspicion of felony animal cruelty after telling police she taped the puppy, a shiba inu named Rex, to the fridge because she was angry at her boyfriend for not getting rid of his pet after it had bitten her, the Colorado Daily reported.
“There’s a dog taped to the fridge,” she reportedly told an officer who responded to a call about a domestic incident at the apartment in the 2900 block of East Aurora Avenue around 5 a.m. Tuesday. “I know this looks bad. We were going to get rid of him anyway. We usually don’t do this.”
The dog’s feet, snout and tail were bound in clear packing tape, a plastic bag and elastic hair ties, and he was taped to the side of the refrigerator with more packing tape. He was taken to the Humane Society of Boulder Valley for safekeeping.
CEO Lisa Pedersen said Tuesday that Rex was doing fine and the Humane Society would take care of him until the legal case is resolved, at which time he may be put up for adoption.
Toll, a University of Colorado sophomore majoring in environmental design, faces felony charges of animal cruelty and domestic violence. She was being held at Boulder County Jail in lieu of a $12,500 bond.
Police said Toll slapped her boyfriend, 21-year-old Bryan Beck, in the face and threw several objects at him after taping the dog to the fridge.
Beck, who has been dating Toll for about a year, returned to his apartment Monday evening to find dog poop and urine throughout. Toll told Beck to get rid of Rex, saying he bit her a few days earlier. The couple argued, but made up. The next morning, Toll tried to apply cream to an old wound on Rex and he growled and bared his teeth at her. Upset, she decided to get back at her boyfriend and “teach the dog a lesson.”
When Beck saw the dog, he told Toll: “Take him down. You are so sick.” To which she replied: “No, you are sick for not caring enough about me to get rid of the dog.” A fight ensued, and the dog remained taped to the fridge for about 20 minutes, until police arrived in response to someone reporting the couple’s yells.
Toll’s Chihuahua, Peanut, was also taken to the Humane Society after the couple’s arrest.
(Photo: Police mug shot, via Colorado Daily)
Posted by John Woestendiek April 17th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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A man in Tarpon Springs, Florida, is sticking to his guns — and threatening to use them — in a protracted battle over walking his dog without a leash.
Robert Wirth Jr. has spent $100,000 in legal fees on the case, and may lose his house, all because of walking his dog in a deed-restricted community without a leash.
“We’re running out of time because we’re running out of money,” said Wirth, 52, who works as a real estate broker and continues to walk his black Labrador, Cole, without a leash.
In January 2003, the River Watch Homeowners Association fined Wirth and his wife, Sandra L. Blaker, $1,000 for letting Cole walk without a leash. When the couple didn’t pay, the association filed a lien and, later that year, foreclosed on the home to collect the debt.
Last year, a circuit judge ordered Wirth and his wife to pay the fine, plus interest, attorney fees and other costs or the house would be sold. Wirth now owes more than $40,000, he said. He filed another appeal in February 2008, which has yet to be ruled on.
Wirth argued that the River Watch Homeowners Association deed restriction – “A dog must be kept on a leash at all times when outside” — is too broad and, as written, required even dogs in fenced yards to be on leashes.
Wirth’s frustration have escalated to the point that he not too wisely said he would shoot and kill one of the board members if things don’t go his way. “I am not going to let them ruin me and my wife like this without standing up to them,” Wirth said.
Wirth’s comments were reported to the Tarpon Springs police, which followed up. The agency said the threat didn’t appear imminent, but that authorities would monitor the situation.
The St. Petersburg Times, in an editorial today, comes down on the side of the homeowner’s association, calling Wirth’s defiance of the rule ”stubborn and illogical.”
The editorial argues that the couple, by buying the house, agreed to the restriction and states that, no matter how well-behaved a dog might be “there are no guarantees when dealing with an animal.”
Posted by John Woestendiek April 7th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: association, battle, court, deed restrictions, editorial, fight, fines, florida, foreclosure, homeowners, leash, lien, police, river watch, robert wirth, tarpon springs, threats, unleashed, walking, wirth