At 79, this Clermontoise, whose family “from Royat-Chamalières for generations”, is independent. “I drive, I manage myself and I have everything in my head, despite weak health and a hard life that makes me tired,” he said.
But he lives alone, his son lives in Australia and his daughter, in the Loire. To break this loneliness, “heavy everyday”, his children therefore had the idea, eighteen months ago, to offer him a small dog. A yorkshire terrier quickly christened Sushi to the septuagenarian’s grandchildren.
“Sushi calms me down, allows me to retreat…”
“When he came to our family, my life completely changed, he recalled. I get up every morning for happiness, to take care of him, I spend my days hugging him, talking to him, he is my reason to leave my house to walk everyday, chat with passers-by… Sushi , who comforted me and allowed me to retreat, thanks to his affection and his joie de vivre, became my life partner at the end of my days. »
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Used to walk with his little Yorkshire in the spa park in Royat, “full of memories of [son] childhood”, the septuagenarian therefore went there, on July 13, at the end of the afternoon, just to enjoy the “freshness of the tall trees”. “Always an opportunity to be with people, to have a social contact,” he explained.
However, on this eve of the national holiday, this simple little moment of everyday happiness can turn into tragedy. Appearing out of nowhere, a dog, not leashed and not held by the human leash as if it were its owner, rushes to Sushi, catches it in its mouth, shakes it like a puppy and kills it. The attack lasted only a few seconds.
Video and photos of the attack were taken by witnesses
“A woman intervened to try to recover my dog, the prisoner in the jaws of another dog, remembers his owner. He was even kicked. But it was too late”.
Many witnesses helped him, some had the reflex to take pictures and a short video of the attack, which may have made it possible to identify the owner of the attacked dog. But he left the scene without asking for his rest and disappeared with his dog, before the arrival of a police crew. “He witnessed the whole scene, without moving, without doing anything, without even trying to control his beast. And he left as if nothing had happened,” lamented the Sushi mistress.
Shocked and saddened by the violent loss of his little companion, his son first took him to the emergency room of CHU Gabriel-Montpied, to have a check-up there. Before going, the next day, to the central police station in Clermont to file a complaint. But this one was not taken
“Under the pretext that this is a civil dispute, we let this irresponsible person continue to walk around with his dog, which is a real four-legged weapon, to act with impunity, without’ y control, that he is not worried in the least. world, while he is completely known by the police! “, he continued, rebelling.
“What are we waiting for to act? Which child is the next victim? That there will be a tragedy? That people take the law into their own hands? »
the sushi owner
Supported by his daughter, who is there every day, he tries to turn the page. “But it’s very difficult,” he admitted. I lost my reason to get up, to leave my house. I need help erasing or blurring the images swirling around in my head. But I don’t know where to go back…