Nervous, sitting on a bench in the public park, “Le parc du Moulin de Berny”, in Fresnes, Évelyne continued to turn around. More than two weeks after the events, this grandmother was having a hard time enjoying the place. On April 16, she was walking with her husband Jean-Michel, their 22-month-old grandson and Valentino, her Maltese bichon mother-in-law when the latter was “caught in the throat by two American Staff, -says t -she. He finally died a week later. Can you imagine, those dogs might attack my grandson. »
Her husband, while trying to save the dog, was severely bitten on both hands. “He hit the thumb in my mind,” the American Staff owner whispered, this time on a leash, hanging out in the park with friends like the day of the event. He, he couldn’t. Choupette attacked the little dog. I returned it two months ago but I was trying to get rid of it. »
Valentino was taken by the throat of the mastiffs
Whether the attack was carried out by two dogs, according to the victim, or only one according to the words of the other owner, Valentino, a small ball of white hair weighing 3 kg, classified in the Book of French Origins (LOF) as a bichon Maltais no chance.
“I was pushing my grandson on his tricycle while my husband was hugging the dog on a leash when two American staff literally jumped down his throat, Évelyne shuddered, describing the scene. Jean-Michel started by kicking. »
Nothing helps, the two mastiffs do not release their prey. “Then he tried to separate them with his hands,” she recalls. He was also bitten on both hands. He can escape ten days of total unemployment. »Finally, the master ended up calling back his two dogs and went to see them. “He begged us not to call the police because he was known in court,” added the 66-year-old woman.
The couple immediately went to a veterinarian who directed them to a clinic, the dog’s condition worried. “He had surgery because a vein had torn several centimeters,” he describes. He was intubated and hospitalized on Wednesday. “Despite care, the presence of an autopsy, Valentino was found dead the following Saturday morning. He was only nine.
The husband has the right to stay in the hospital in Antony (Hauts-de-Seine) with fractures of the edges of two wounds, one on each hand. Finally, the couple goes to the Fresnes police station that night, to file a complaint for involuntary damages.
“Dogs have to be put on a leash”, recalls Stéphane Lamart
“I passed the information to the mayor (Marie Chavanon PS Editor’s note) and the municipal police, identified Stéphane Lamart, deputy (SE) of the town hall animal delegation and president of the association for the defense of animals of the same name. Municipal police once saw a man with two American staff, but they were hanging out in the park. »
On Tuesday, the owner of the mastiffs was still there, with only one dog, a male, tied up but without a muzzle. “What, he’s dead!” It doesn’t look serious, though, to grieve this unemployed 47-year-old, who wants to remain anonymous. Another dog, a woman, a cross, attacked. It’s not insured because I got it two months ago from a friend who would remove it. But here, I can’t. »
From words to deeds, he showed up in an email sent on April 23, the day the bichon died, to ask the Stéphane Lamart association to adopt him! “I don’t have an answer, I’ll take him to the SPA”, he plays, worried about a possible legal fallout.
“Dogs should always be placed on a leash and those in category 1 or 2, such as American Staff, should wear muzzles”, recalled the elected representative of Fresnes, who is working to create a park in iro. They can be removed in between but they need to hold the muzzle. In this case, if the owner knew in the courts, which I do not know, he would not have the right to own dogs of these breeds. They can be taken from him and euthanized. »