Dogs attacked by other dogs: the responsibility falls on the owners

Anne Babin lives in Carleton-sur-Mer. For 12 years, she was Léa’s mistress, but on July 16, everything changed. At a private campsite in the city, his dog, which is about 3.5 kilos, was attacked by a Great Dane, a type of very strong dog that weighs an average of about 70 kilos.

The attack killed the little dog.

The dog Léa was killed by another dog while in the arms of her mistress.

Photo: Courtesy of Anne Babin

Anne Babin headed to her trailer, her bichon frize in her arms, after the animal left to explore the land of its neighbors. At that the animal stood up to jump on me and snatched my dog ​​from my arms. He took her in his mouth, crushed her chest, pierced her heart and threw her to the ground. The woman was unable to restrain her animal, which was extremely strong and only held by a collarsaid the owner of Léa with emotion.

According to Ms. Babin, it was only after killing his dog that the Great Dane released it. My dog ​​died in my helpless armshe said.

The owner of the Great Dane, named Tokyo, attended the scene, helpless and unable to control his animal. He was crying, according to Ms. Babin.

This woman should have contacted Ms. Join social networks to apologize. The owner of the Great Dane told him that he would go the next day to take his animal to the breeder in Gaspé where he adopted it. He would have added that he knows he made a mistake and he fully accepts his responsibility.

Anne Babin holds her little bichon frize in her arms on a boat.

The dog Léa and her owner, Anne Babin, a few years ago.

Photo: Courtesy of Anne Babin

Michel Bourget is the owner of La Vallée des Géants, a Great Dane farm in the Gaspé. Tokyo was born and raised in her home before being adopted by her family in Carleton-sur-Mer last summer.

For Mr. Bourget, the explanation for this attack is clear. He was not raised to be strong enough. They are not a distinct breed, the Great Dane, but they must be well behaved and stronghe said.

He believed that this was not the case with this family. boss, c’était le patron là-bas. Ça aussi ça a manqué”,”text”:”Il était plus comme un jouet qu’un chien. Ils l’aimaient, donc ils n’avaient aucune autorité et lui laissaient faire tout ce qu’il voulait. C’était lui le boss, c’était le patron là-bas. Ça aussi ça a manqué”}}”>He’s more of a toy than a dog. They love him, so they have no authority and let him do whatever he wants. He is the one boss, he is the boss there. Missed againhe said.

The problem is the owner, not the dog. »

An excerpt from Michel Bourget, owner of La Vallée des Géants breeding

Since Tokyo returned to the breeder, he said that the behavior of the dog is exemplary. He was very good and with us he was very kind, even gentle as a lamb. I took him everywhere and he showed no malice. I don’t understand what happened. I don’t understand his reactionhe said.

Mr. confirmed. Bourget noted that Great Danes are not a dog breed known to be dangerous or particularly aggressive towards other animals. I have never seen that. I’ve never heard of this and I’ve had Great Danes all my lifehe assured.

The unpredictable attack also shows the extent to which vigilance is always necessary.

You never know what’s going to happen to a big dog, because he’s a big dog. [La propriétaire] I wish his dog had a muzzle. That was the mistake he made. »

An excerpt from Michel Bourget, owner of La Vallée des Géants breeding

A pattern for the Great Dane

Even Tokyo today soft as lambaccording to the breeder, this is not the first time he violently attacked another dog.

After the attack, which she discussed on social media, Anne Babin received testimonies from two owners whose dogs were attacked by the same Great Dane. In their case, the attacks were not fatal. Noticing that the dog had sinned again, the three decided to file a complaint with the City of Carleton-sur-Mer.

Therefore the animal’s level of danger should probably be assessed by a veterinarian. This is exactly the intention of his breeder, who expects to be contacted again by the Town of Carleton on this subject.

A very small dog and a very large dog six times his size touched their muzzles.

A Great Dane can weigh up to 70 kilos. He is seen here next to a French bulldog (archives).

Photo: Vertical/istockphoto/GlobalP

However, Mr. Bourget intends to keep the dog at home, regardless of the outcome of the veterinary examination. The breeder feels that he has some responsibility and wants to prevent such a thing from happening again in the future.

Michel Bourget is convinced that another attack will not happen if Tokyo stays with him. boss“,”text”:”Moi je les élève bien. Je ne suis pas méchant, mais je suis ferme et c’est moi qui suis le boss”}}”>I raised them well. I’m not rude, but I’m stubborn, and that’s just me bosshe pointed out.

The role of the city

If it is declared dangerous, I will store it accordingly. He stays in a cage, and when I go out with him, he has a mouth and I don’t let him out with small dogs, he’s always on a leash.said Mr. Bourget.

On the website of the City of Carleton-sur-Mer, it is also mentioned that a dog weighing more than 20 kilos must wear a harness or halter in public places and the dog must at all times under the control of a person who is able to control it.

In the case of Tokyo, these guidelines were not respected.

Anne Babin is well aware that municipalities cannot monitor every animal. However, he wondered if they could do more than just publish legal reminders in the newspaper. The woman wanted irresponsible owners will be punished.

If you can’t control your animals, you can’t catch them! »

An excerpt from Anne Babin, owner of the dog Léa, died in the attack

Anne Babin points out that it is not always easy to report dog attacks in a small town like Carleton-sur-Mer, where everyone knows each other. However, he invited people to do so to prevent further attacks from occurring. She believes her dog Léa would still be alive if that had happened.

Do we wait for a dog to attack a child or a person to act? he was surprised.

Different dog, same problem

Last fall, Raphaële Bérubé was at the top of Mont Castor, in Matane, with his two dogs in a racing harness, when his miniature pinscher, Gustave, was attacked. A dog that he claimed was a pit bull, with no owner or leash, appeared out of nowhere, grabbed his little dog by the neck and started shaking him.

A small dog with a harness.

Gustave before the attack that almost killed him in Matane in the fall of 2021.

Photo: Courtesy of Raphaële Bérubé

My first reaction to the adrenaline was to try to put my hands over the pit bull’s mouth to try to separate him from Gus, but I got bitten.said the young woman.

Raphaële Bérubé recounted that at this time, two old men he had talked to before the attack tried to help him by hitting the animal with a stick. Me, I kicked his ribs, I didn’t force my life too much, but he wouldn’t let go.he remembered.

Finally, after what felt like an eternity, the pit bull released his dog after hearing someone whistle.

His masters were about 500m away, on the other side of the mountain. I screamed. I screamed murder. I heard 20 km away and they didn’t come. And suddenly, I heard hissing and the dog released Gustave. »

An excerpt from Raphaële Bérubé, owner of the dog Gustave

Very shaken, Ms. Bérubé is the urgency of the situation. skinné comme un lapin. Tout coupé et sa peau tout arrachée. Je prends Gus dans mes bras et on a couru en bas de la montagne”,”text”:”Mon chien était skinné comme un lapin. Tout coupé et sa peau tout arrachée. Je prends Gus dans mes bras et on a couru en bas de la montagne”}}”>My dog ​​used to be peeled like a rabbit, everything is cut and his skin is all torn. I grabbed Gus and we ran down the mountainhe remembered.

At the on-call vet in Rimouski, the operation to save Gustave lasted two and a half hours. His mistress says he came out with about 45 stitches and that the vet, a specialist in dog aggression, can’t get over his injuries.

Although the pit bull’s owner left her contact information after the attack, she never wanted to pay the $2,500 vet bill. Raphaële Bérubé therefore launched proceedings in the Small Claims Court.

The law is clear

However, the Éducaloi site clearly reminds us that the owner is responsible for the damage caused by his animal.

A dog owner remains responsible for damage caused by his dog even if he was not in control of it at the time the damage was done.

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A small dog wearing a jacket on the bed.

Gustave, the miniature pinscher who was attacked by another dog in Matane

Photo: Courtesy of Raphaëlle Bérubé

Today, Raphaële Bérubé maintains that his dog is fine, except for his big scar. I think I am the most traumatized in the storyhe admitted.

But the case did not end there. Raphaële Bérubé discovered that his friends were neighbors of the owners of the pit bull that attacked Gustave. His friends also admitted that their dog had fallen victim to the pit bull, which they said, should never have been tied.

Ms. criticized. Bérubé the inaction of the City of Matane in this file.

I told them that there was an attack by a pit bull dog, which first is prohibited in the territory according to the municipal regulations, and secondly, it was a violent attack with a police file and they did nothing . »

An excerpt from Raphaële Bérubé, owner of the dog Gustave

The young woman claims that people contacted by the City did not take her seriously.

The City should have answered him that he did not face such charges aiming to examine the pit bull, even after Raphaële Bérubé recommended them to the special veterinarian who operated on Gustave.

Bérubé. Imagine si j’avais été avec un enfant. Et si j’avais été seule sans mes chiens, est-ce qu’il m’aurait sauté dessus? Parce que mes chiens sont zéro agressifs, ils sont super bien élevés et on venait de courir 8km. Ils étaient brûlés, mais il nous a attaqués”,”text”:”Si les municipalités ont des règlements, qu’ils les appliquent, lance RaphaëleBérubé. Imagine si j’avais été avec un enfant. Et si j’avais été seule sans mes chiens, est-ce qu’il m’aurait sauté dessus? Parce que mes chiens sont zéro agressifs, ils sont super bien élevés et on venait de courir 8km. Ils étaient brûlés, mais il nous a attaqués”}}”>If municipalities have regulations, they must apply them, Raphaële Bérubé launched. Imagine if I was with a child. And if I’m alone without my dogs, does he jump me? Since my dogs are zero aggressive, they are very well behaved and we only ran eight kilometers. They were burned, but he attacked us.

Anne Babin and Raphaële Bérubé both criticized the lack of effort and the inaction of the municipalities involved in their files. Both women hope to make commitments to prevent the dramas they experienced with their dogs from happening again.

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