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Attack on Chi. by Jack Russell Terrier-Hamilton

July 22nd, 2005, 11:11 PM
(Ontario ) dog park??? Did anyone hear about this one? I'm looking to find out what happened. :confused:

July 23rd, 2005, 11:30 AM
From what I've heard the incident happened in a dog park in Burlington. JRT attacked and killed a 3 month old Chihuahua puppy. It was in Tuesday's Hamilton Spectator. If I can find the article I will post it.

July 23rd, 2005, 11:32 AM
This is the exact reason, why I told the lady to leave the dogpark with her 9 week old pup!

July 23rd, 2005, 02:16 PM
Here's the article my friend scanned about the incident:

July 23rd, 2005, 02:43 PM
:sad: Nothing to say just sad.

July 23rd, 2005, 02:46 PM
I saw one of the flyers that she put up at the Ryan's at Dundurn.

I have to say that WAG is one of the worst dogs parks I've been to. There are far too many aggressive unsocialised dogs there and many of the owners are too busy chit chatting with each other and not watching their dogs.

WAG is NOT suitable for small dogs period! They don't have a separate area for small dogs or puppies which is a MUST for them.

My vet in Burlington has nothing good to say about the park, she has stitched up far too many of her clients dogs that have been attacked at WAG.

July 23rd, 2005, 03:52 PM
My son has a JRT and although she is very friendly with other dogs,she would probably see a prey in a tiny Chi-puppy,I know she runs after rabbits.
It's a very sad story,the poor little are not for tiny little puppies :sad:

July 23rd, 2005, 09:20 PM
Why the hey would you bring such a small dog like that to a dog park? Not only are Chis small, they tend to be very fearful. Not the ideal dog in a dog park, to say the least. When will people learn that just because it is called a "dog" park, it doesn't mean that if you have a dog you HAVE to go in? People want to claim their right to go in, regardless of the safety of their dog. I really hate that. "It's a public place, I have every right to be here." Maybe so, but if your dog is not safe or is endangering others, the consequences will be irreversible.

I love how they make the woman out to be such a terrible victim, and then they make it sound noble that she bought a dog at a pet store. :rolleyes:

How tiny must the dog have been to have been "clamping most of its body between its jaws"??? Jacks have a hard time fitting a tennis ball in their mouths. :rolleyes:

I just don't have any sympathy. I mean, it's horrible to lose a dog, but I don't feel the blame should be put solely on the Jack.

We're responsible for our doggies. We are. And I for one don't take that responsibility lightly.

July 23rd, 2005, 09:43 PM
I feel awful for the poor dog,but I do not like dog parks.I heard 2 weeks ago about a big shep being attacked by a corgi in one.Lots of damage,a chunk taken from the shep and a ton of stitches needed,size is not the issue always.

Lucky Rescue
July 23rd, 2005, 09:52 PM
I guess common sense is becoming more rare every day.

Poor little puppy.:(

July 23rd, 2005, 10:03 PM
Yep,and big dogs are not safe either. :(

July 24th, 2005, 11:19 AM
I feel awful for the poor dog,but I do not like dog parks.I heard 2 weeks ago about a big shep being attacked by a corgi in one.Lots of damage,a chunk taken from the shep and a ton of stitches needed,size is not the issue always.

I agree, I hate dog parks and I hate how one is located right beside the SPCA. Loose dogs always rush up to the ones I'm walking. It's really annoying :rolleyes: I used to take my Scottie there but after I saw a really bad dog fight there, he went there no more. There's too many irresponsible owners going there, not even bothering to clean up after their dogs.

July 24th, 2005, 11:59 PM
I have not been to that dog park. It doesn't sound like a good place to visit at all! Poor dogs & owners! :sorry:
(IMHO, this area just doesn't understand how to do dog parks.)

July 25th, 2005, 09:28 AM
I feel very sorry for this little dog. I also do not feel that the chi's owner should ever have such a small dog again. I read the posted newspaper article - too much background on the woman as far as I am concerned - and noted reference to chi being "almost a handful". Jack Russells are prey dogs as are othe terrier types. I was a PetSmart one day recently and there was a woman there with her fully grown 2 lb. something dog looking for a toy. Several of the other dogs in the store - and big cats for that matter - were looking at the dog with serious intent in their eyes. There were 2 mini Dachshunds being pushed in a shopping cart - I helped their Mom hold them back as they were very intent on getting to this dog. My passed on benevolent, very Alpha Dachshunds were very considerate of all other dogs we adopted. But no way would I have brought a dog this size into the house. I won't take my 21 lb. Eskimo to the dog park - bad enough walking by the regular park that does not allow unleashed dogs - surprise - they are all off leash - and the sight of my dog's fancy little tail swinging along the street is enough for them to come out for "lunch". Not pleasant.

July 26th, 2005, 02:29 AM
but I find many JRT's to be just too aggressive. They will even take chances with very large dogs. I've seen a few go after people. Their owners often seem to fel that since their JRT is small, it's o.k. for it to be off leash in none-leash-free areas & harrass dogs of any size. (Implying that it's the other dog's owners responsibilty to save their JRT.) Some Chi's will also take a wack at huge dogs.

I do totally agree about tiny dogs not being put into leash free areas that do not separate dogs by size in some way. But! -Considering the size of a JRT & a Chihuahua, they could be allowed together in the small dog area of a LF. ?? What then?

I think this story shows lack of judgement in both of the owners.

July 26th, 2005, 10:20 AM
This is the exact reason, why I told the lady to leave the dogpark with her 9 week old pup!

Perhaps you could copy this article and hand it to this lady the next time you are in the park and see her, or, better still, post it on the community board or a fence for all to read.......just a thought....... :o

July 26th, 2005, 10:34 AM
I find that the summer is the worst time for people bringing their aggressive dogs to the park. When the weather is cold, wet, etc. there are not there. Also, I find that far too many people that have small dogs don't think it is necessary to socialize and train them. Now with so many of them on t.v. being carried all over the place doesn't help at all with socializing.

July 31st, 2005, 04:46 PM
About the owner..

Someone in rescue heard about this.. Saw the article, recognized the woman.
She tried to adopt a chi from rescue and wanted a free dog.. Refused to pay the adoption fee, was a bad canidate even before that apparently..

Yet she turned around and paid a heck of a lot more to 'recue' one from a pet store.

I feel bad for the pup, and the JRT being toted as such an evil dog..
The sob story about the owner makes me kinda grumpy though.. everyone was right.. who takes such a little and young dog to the park..

July 31st, 2005, 05:37 PM
This Woman is known to Hamilton Animal Control and SPCA. This woman went to a rescue and the rescue did a homecheck and everything saw her apartment and approved her for a small dog. Less then 24 hours later she called and said she had to return the dog as her mother was going to cut off the money to pay for her rent and for her studies if she kept the dog. This woman then started emailing this rescue being quite nasty. I have spoken to the rescue at great lengths and the rescue said she later found out about this person's mental problems and that the rescue was the 5th one she had contacted and adopted from and then she dumped the dog back on the rescue anywhere from 1 day to 2 weeks and demanded her refund of her adoption fee when she returned the dog.

July 31st, 2005, 05:50 PM
I hate dog parks.Your dog may be great,the rest may not be.Its asking for trouble imo.