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Rottweiler Attack - West Island-Montreal

meimei
July 20th, 2005, 06:56 AM
Hi Everyone

We live on the West Island of Montreal, west of St. Charles, north of Gouin.
Anyone who lives near this area will understand where I mean.

We are home to several working Labs whom many of you may have seen accompanying an amputee (male) in a wheelchair. This guy really gets around with chair and dog and has a fairly long route along Pierrefonds Boul. He and his labs have become well known "bastions", here in the area, and he's well loved by all.

Last weekend on Saturday, the man in the wheelchair and his working lab were visciously attacked by a woman walking a rotty. Apparently, the woman , clearly in shock, pulled her rotty away, but instead of offering help to the man, actually took off and RAN away together with her dog, leaving the man in the wheelchair stranded. Apparently The wheelchair man's lab was very seriously hurt and required hospitialzation. (this is all secondhand information from my neighbour who witnessed the attack)

#1: We do not know the address of the owners of this Rottweiler, and we are trying to locate them as we feel this person demonstrated a clear lack of responsibility in this matter. Next time it could be a child or smaller dog.

#2: We realize that accidents DO happen, and the owners should walk the Rotty with a muzzle.

#3: The man in the wheelchair is on disability and has incurred large medical and vet bills, and should not be stuck paying these on his own.

If anyone who lives in the area knows this woman or dog, please contact me privately. We don't want her arrested, we certainly don't want harm to come to the Rotty, but we do believe she shares a responsibility in the bills, and we do believe she should be educated as to how to properly manage her dog, and how to take appropriate safety measures when walking her dog.

The only clue we have is that the Rottweiler seems to be an older dog, walks very "stilt-edley" as though he has a serious hip displastic problem. The woman is tall, slim and in her mid to late 40's with long, dark brown hair.

Again, please contact me privately if you have any information.
Thanks
MM

Karin
July 20th, 2005, 07:21 AM
I swear it wasn't me & Ciara..




The description fits, I'm 47...5'8", long brown hair. Ciara is 6 & disabled.


Besides, Ciara is a goober.

Rottielover
July 20th, 2005, 08:17 AM
I know exactly who you mean, I have seen her walking her dog on occassion, and I see that man every day towards my daycare...OMG is he ok, will he be ok, what about his dog. I have a rottie puppy, and I swear, it it people like her that give this poor breed a bad name. Mine would not hurt a fly. If I see her again, what do you want me to do about it?????

BMDLuver
July 20th, 2005, 09:01 AM
I know of at least two women in that area that fit the description. One dog is male and young however and the other is female and older. As I was with the latter on Saturday, I don't think it was her. She would never have run away... she would have been right there helping the man and his dog. All this to say that please do not take matters into your own hands. There are a lot of Rottie owners on the WI and it would be best to just contact the OP with a description and go from there.

Lucky Rescue
July 20th, 2005, 10:16 AM
OMG, how awful! Was the Rottie off leash? Was the man in the wheelchair attacked, as well as his dog? What injuries did he sustain.

I hope this woman can be found and held accountable for this,and certainly have to pay the vet bills.:(

Rottielover
July 20th, 2005, 10:30 AM
LR, from the sounds of it stating medical bills as well as vet bills, I would have to say he was hurt too. I have yet to see him this week, which I thought was weird because he is there everyday when I drop off my daughter. I thought nothing of it, until I heard this horrible story. I do know who she is talking about though. I saw her walking the dog the same area about 2 days ago. IN that neighbor hood there are only 3 rotties, I have seen them all. ONE is def not dog friendly. I feel so bad for this poor man. His dog was doing right by him, and staying ground to try to protect him. I have seen the pair in action, and let me tell you the bond there is nothing more than incredible.
I hope both have a speedy recovery, but I do not think his Lab will be able to go back to work for him, depending on the mental recovery as well.
OP, I believe I know where you are located if that is the case, my daycare is a couple houses down. My daughter would love to meet your pups. She just loves big doggies :D

meimei
July 20th, 2005, 10:32 AM
I know exactly who you mean, I have seen her walking her dog on occassion, and I see that man every day towards my daycare...OMG is he ok, will he be ok, what about his dog. I have a rottie puppy, and I swear, it it people like her that give this poor breed a bad name. Mine would not hurt a fly. If I see her again, what do you want me to do about it?????

Well for one, the man in the wheelchair lives in the apartment building on the corner of Chateau Pierrefonds and Gouin. Everyone in the building knows him.
We are hoping to spot the woman (who has clearly gone into hiding), and confront her with out knowledge of the attack, then of course get her coordinates. The wheel chair man is ready to identify the person in question.

We just feel that she SHOULD PAY the vet bills and his medical bills and she should walk at every instance with a muzzle on the rotty. This man is on a very fixed income and the last thing he needs is additional bills to pay for circumstances that he never asked for. As far as his dog, well, no one knows how this may effect his dog's training or character either. Whole thing real sad.



Cheers
MM

meimei
August 5th, 2005, 07:34 AM
Update for those interested

The owners of the rottweiler have been found thanks to a collective effort from our neighbours and friends.

My understanding is that the owners have been visited by the police and the wheelchair man will be trying to re-couperate some badly needed funds for his working lab.

Apparently, the lab has to go back to Mira for some re-homing as he stopped working after the attack. Mira estimates that the lab will have to stay with them for at least two months (that's a long time for wheelchair man to be without his friend and aid), and the cost for re-training is quite expensive.

The rottweiler is off the streets for now it seems as we haven't seen him, and the situation resolved.
Thanks everyone who helped.

MM