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Still Searching for Owner of Dog Who Killed A Pomeranian


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His picture has appeared in the media – still no absolute identification.

Reportedly, the man pictured here took his pit bull-type dog to Montrose Dog Beach (Mondog) on St. Patrick’s Day. And his dog attacked and killed a Pomeranian, while several witnesses watched, including the dog’s owner Audrey Fisher and her 12-year old daughter.

The pit-bull type dog’s owner took no responsibility and reportedly made off, refusing to give his contact information.

I talked about this story, and pointed people to the photo (on my blog) when I was on Bill Moller’s show on WGN Radio. As a result, I thought I had a lead, and communicated to the police. It is still to be determined whether or not this lead pans out, but the police have told me personally there are very interested. My blog (and the Mondog site) may be last hopes, since my colleagues in conventional media have pretty much let the story go at this point. I have not.

Note: This man has what’s called a “blue” pit bull-type dog (a type you don’t see everyday), and reportedly drove off in a grey or silver car.

If you have any information on who this man is, feel free to contact me (As I said, I am communicating with police) [email protected] or contact the police directly. Your contact information may be anonymous.

Not being there when the dog attacked, I can’t personally comment on what happened. Here’s one account from the Mondog website:

“Pit Bull Kills and Owner Shows NO Remorse, Walks Away On Saturday March 17, 2012 we walked into the Montrose Dog Beach Gate with another family that had a couple of cute little Pomeranian’s. My son and daughter were having a ball running back and forth with our little poodle for about ten minutes when I heard some shouting. I looked over and there was a Pit Bull acting aggressively towards the family with the Pomeranian’s. To my horror, I then directly witnessed the Pit Bull calmly balance itself over the littlest one and clamped down on the belly and back. Then the Pit Bull violently shook the small dog until it was mortally wounded. The owners of the little dog were hysterical and after a short time grab up the dying pooch and left for the vet. I went over to the Pit Bull owner and asked for his name so we could have a contact number and he refused. He told me, “the other dog started it”. He showed zero remorse and was walking around calmly chatting with others who were unaware of what had happened. It seemed obvious that this was “normal” behavior for his dog and him. He then slowly slipped away while 5-6 people on bikes and in cars tried to follow him to see if we could get a plate number. He was abusive then in his behavior and language to anyone who approach to talk to him about the killing. He shrewdly and aimlessly walked around for almost an hour in the park while the police were called 10-12 times and he got away. This dog is a killer and the owner (above) has zero remorse. This Pit Bull will kill again unless we stand up (edited). While the owner was walking around, we saw the Pit Bull lunge at other small dogs time and time again.”

I am appalled that this sort of event rarely occurs, but does happen in dog friendly areas. I was among a group that helped to convince the park district that we need dog friendly areas here. Having said that, dog friendly areas are not for all dogs. Dogs who (for whatever reason) may become aggressive to other dogs should simply not be brought to these places – end of story.

If a dog acts aggressive – there are no dog police – it’s up to all of us to “police” these places before things get out of hand. The hope is (and I’ve seen this work repeatedly) community pressure does matter. So, if everyone at the dog friendly area politely but clearly suggests the person with the aggressive dog go elsewhere, that usually happens.If not, you go – let the aggressive dog and irresponsible owner stay – while you protect your dog by leaving.

But there are problems with this – how do you if a dog is “playing hard” or being truly aggressive? A dog trainer or dog behavior consultant might know, but even experienced dog owners can’t always tell. (More on this in a future blog). Meanwhile, I suggest it’s better being safe than sorry.

Worse, some dogs are not aggressors – but still seem to always be picked on. Sometimes these dogs (which must offer signaling which suggests ‘pick on me’) might be seriously attacked by dogs who normally would never do that. These dogs should attend basic training classes to build confidence, but for now, don’t belong in dog friendly areas any more than aggressive dogs.

Are some dogs more likely to attack? Well, according to dog friendly area rules, dogs must be spay/neutered. So, if people abide by the rules – there are no intact dogs. Sure, maybe some “breedism” is true. And larger dogs can do more harm than smaller ones. No matter, the fact is that any dog may be aggressive, regardless of breed or mix. Besides, the mix you might guess a dog to be might not always be what a dog truly is.

Overall, I am still very much a fan of dog friendly areas.Often it’s about owners who are guilty of taking their dogs – and then catch up on their phone calls or read the paper. I like it best when the owners interact with their own dogs. The dog may be social but it really there will participate with you. No matter, if you don’t watch what’s happening, how can you possibly be aware of an aggressive dog?  Requiring owners to be aware of their own dogs is, in my opinion, very reasonable.

As I said, I was not there on St. Patrick’s Day – but Fisher lost a family member, as did her 12-year old daughter, and also left with veterinary bills. That is a fact. Another fact is that this man didn’t offer his contact information. The police are interested. I am grateful for their interest – but require your help to find this man.

 

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