I wrote two weeks ago about my poodle, Willie, being attacked by a pit bull, Hugo. Animal Control came out and took our statement then, but said they could not really do anything unless he attacked other dogs! I had heard Hugo attacked another dog down the street, so I walked down and asked those dog owners if they would call Animal Control and report the attack since Hugo is a dangerous dog. They knew what had happened to Willie.
The husband, Frank, said, “If Hugo had attacked our Chihuahua, Rosie, I would be knocking on your door asking you to call Animal Control, just like you. But, Harry, Hugo’s owner, is a friend of ours. I hope you understand. “ I did understand. In other words, I won’t help you because it didn’t happen to me or my dog. But if it had happened to me I would be asking for your help. Where does this kind of logic come from? I just stared at them and walked away.
Then last week tragedy struck again. Rosie’s mother, Sarah, was walking down the street with Rosie when the pit bull, Hugo, ran out from the bushes and attacked Rosie. Sarah and her kids were screaming and yelling for help, just like I had done. Harry came out and kicked and pulled to get Hugo off Rosie. Blood was everywhere. My husband, who saw the whole thing, said Hugo was thrashing poor Rosie around like a rag doll. Sarah scooped Rosie up and hurried home. They took Rosie to the vet, where she spent the night. She has stitches and tubes coming out of her neck, but she will recover.
That night, Rosie’s dad, Frank, did knock on my door. He wanted the number to call Animal Control. I gave it to him. My husband and I listened while he told us about Rosie’s ordeal. Frank did not mention my previous request, and I didn’t either, but I kept thinking that this could have all been avoided if he had called when I asked earlier. Animal Control came right out to investigate. As it turns out, that was the third complaint against Hugo and so they put him in the back of the van and drove him away—to be put to sleep.
Three dogs mauled and one dead.
Causes Patricia Thomas Supports
Room to Read, UNICEF, Kiva, Save the Children, Pencils of Promise