Dear PoP – Please Warn Residents of Dangerous Dog in Columbia Heights

“Dear PoP,

I’d like people in the neighborhood to be aware for their own safety as well as help ensure the owners follow the rules:

As most of you know, my dog Luca was attacked by a rottweiler in columbia heights about a month ago. Luca is recovering well, but the dog that attacked her has been declared a dangerous dog and is still living in columbia heights. Despite that the rules for maintaining a dangerous dog are quite strict, it is ultimately up to the owners to follow them and the community to report any violations.

As a dangerous dog, the owners are required to keep the dog inside their house at all times. The dog is not allowed in the front yard nor on walks, even if it is muzzled. The dog is only allowed to leave the house for vet visits or other travel that is approved by the department of health and must be muzzled at all times during travel.

In my communications with the Department of Health, they were not wholeheartedly convinced that the owners would comply with these rules, depsite that they had gone to great lengths to obtain a dangerous dog license. So, as friends and neighbors, i’m asking you to help me spread the word. Attached are two photographs taken of Chloe, the rottweiler, additional information about maintaining a dangerous dog and contact informration for the case officer at the Department of Health. If you happen to see Chloe on a walk or even in her yard, please notify the DOH immediately.

In addition to the fact that this dog attacked with no provocation and was on a leash with its owner at the time, it was also reported to DC Animal Control for attacking a man in the neighborhood a month prior to this incident. The attack occurred during the snowstorm, so the person was wearing lots of layers and a winter jacket. He sustained severe bruising and swelling from the attack, but no serious action was taken at the time because the dog did not break skin. If this had happened during warmer weather, he would have sustained very serious injuries.

Chloe lives at Holmead Pl, NW. This is located on Holmead (between 13th and 14th ST NW) between Otis and Monroe. It is easily identified as the only house on the east side of the block with a chain-link fence.

Again, if you see Chloe in the yard or on a walk, please contact Molly Lunaris at the DOH immediately. Here is her contact info:

Molly Lunaris
Program Specialist | Animal Disease Prevention Division
DC Department of Health | Government of the District of Columbia
825 North Capitol Street, NE | Suite 8001 | Washington, DC 20002
Office: (202) 535-2508 [email protected]

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  • Readers should note that there are other Rottweilers that live in the Columbia Heights neighborhood, who are very friendly and have DC dog licenses. While we understand that Chole is a “dangerous dog”, readers should not assume that every rottie that they see is dangerous. With responsible and caring owners, Rotties just like any other dog can be very friendly and loving. We shouldn’t stereotype all Rotties because of Chloe, who obviously has an irreponsible owner.

    • Don’t see any stereotyping here. It’s all specifically about one dog.

    • A male rottie attacked my Labrador in Bloomingdale, unprovoked, and left me with a $200 vet bill. I’m not one to believe that all rots, or pits and german shepards for that matter are dangerous, but the person handling the rot that bit my dog was not of the, shall we say, “disposition” to handle a dog such as that. If you own an aggressive breed dog you probably shouldn’t let it sniff other dogs at the end of their 6 foot leash, as happened in the case with my dog. Expensive lesson learned, and I too have been warning other dog owners in my neighborhood. Had my dog been a smaller dog it would have been REAL NASTY.

  • Interesting post, but I don’t think people know how to recognize dogs… So a lot of people will just avoid rottweilers or not avoid any dogs.

    Maybe if there was a photo of the dog with its owner, but I don’t know if that would be appropriate to post.

    • there’s a picture of the dog, which is a lot more than we often have.

      I bet if we had a picture of the dog with its owner or of the house and yard where the dog lived, people would complain about invading someone’s privacy.

      But just because of the nature of memory, people may start avoiding large, thickly-built dogs generally. Oh well.

      If people want to have a cheery-looking dog that draws smiles, pats on the head and hugs from children would they buy a rottweiler?

  • Just glancing at the “dangerous dog” law, I don’t see where it says that the “dog is not allowed in the front yard . . . even if it is muzzled.”

    The statute says that the owner must keep the dog in “a proper enclosure unless the potentially dangerous dog is under the control of a responsible person and restrained by a chain or leash, not exceeding 4 feet in length” and also must keep the “dangerous dog exclusively on the owner’s property except for medical treatment or examination.” So it seems like it’s okay to have the dog in the front yard, so long as she is in an enclosure or held on a leash. Or am I missing something?

    • I would guess that the OP was implying that the front yard of the dog’s house would not be considered a “proper enclosure”. Most of the front yards on that block are sloped so that the top of the lawn is higher than the sidewalk. With topography like that, a measly chain link fence wouldn’t do much to stop a dog on a mission. That being said, I see no reason she wouldn’t be allowed in the front yard if on a leash or tethered. Oh, and I’d like to echo CH dog owner in reminding everyone that Rottweiler does not equal dangerous dog. Irresponsible owners create dangerous dogs. Unless they’re Pomeranians, they’re all just downright mean and nasty.

      • I haven’t walked by the yard, so I don’t know whether it is a “proper enclosure,” but even if it is not, it does look like Chloe is allowed in the front yard on a leash.

        But, she has to be attended, she can’t be tethered. (Dog must be “under the control of a responsible person” even when “restrained by a chain or leash.”)

  • this dog is terrifying. she is on my walk to the metro/grocery and though she is rarely outside, when she is, i always make an effort to avoid the house. she is very clearly a “dangerous dog” if you’ve ever been in her presence.

  • cue the rottweiler apologists who don’t understand that certain breeds are particularly attractive to a type of person who raises them to be dangerous…

    • Ding! Spot on.

      It’s sad that this dog must suffer for the mistakes that her owner(s) has made. You’ve got to train a dog and when a dog turns out like this it’s clear that this didn’t happen.

      The fact that nobody thinks the owner will carry through with the requirements is pretty telling. They don’t see the danger here. What’s so bad about that isn’t even this dog, it’s the next dog that they get, and the next dog, etc. They are going to continue getting dogs and continue not caring for them, because they don’t think they did anything wrong.

    • “breeds are particularly attractive to a type of person who raises them to be dangerous…”

      What does this mean? Dogs, and dog breeds aren’t attracted to people who raise them to be dangerous. This is honestly one of the dumbest things I’ve ever read. THE OWNER is responsible for the well being of the dog. Dogs want to be in a pack, and they want a leader. If the human doesn’t do this, then the dog will. When a dog like a Rottweiler, Pitbull, German Shepard, Doberman Pincher, etc…assumes alpha role, you got problems. You actually see this with little dogs all of the time. People think it’s cute for a little Shih Tzu to be aggressive, but when a Rottie acts the same way it’s a completely different story (as it should be). Both dogs can show aggression, and behave in a similar manner, but the difference is a Rottie can kill you. This is why it is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL that you establish yourself early on with a Rottie that you are the Alpha / Pack Leader.

      • Eric in Ledroit:

        Sorry man. I misread your post and went off on an tangent. I re-read, and totally see what you’re saying. I thought you were saying Rotties, and dogs like them, are attracted to people who will raise them to be dangerous. Apologies again for the confusion on my part.

  • Can we put the same restrictions on the owners?

  • It pisses me off that the government even HAS a “dangerous dog” category. As far as I’m concerned, only two kinds of dogs should be recognized: safe ones, and dead ones. If it’s not in the first category, it needs to be in the second.

  • Dogs should come with applications and contracts. It is rarely the dog that is the problem, but improper training / leadership from the dog owner.

    So this is yet another case of irresponsible owners with dogs they cannot handle. Rotties are not inherently vicious dogs (no dogs are). They are just super powerful and many people who know nothing about dogs think it’s cool to have a Rottweiller. This in turn means the dog becomes the Alpha, not the human, resulting in an unbalanced, untrained dog. Add that to a 100+ pounds of muscle and incredibly strong jaws, and you have a volatile situation.

    • That goes double for teenagers.

      • + 1 million. Number of people killed in DC by teenagers in the past 2 months – atleast 7 from my counts. I wish we could enforce these same kind of restrictions on them, but chances are they’ll be back out on our streets in a mere matter of weeks/months. Wish the same people in this city who are so very anti-dog (we had an incident in our neighborhood this past week as well) would be anti kids killing people. But, instead of actually blaming the kids and their parents, we find a million excuses for them…

        • I have the capacity to be angry about vicious dogs AND vicious kids. I support repercussions for irresponsible/cruel dog owners AND for disinterested/cruel parents. It’s not a zero-sum game.

          • I am glad you are able to say that. many people who leave comments on this blog are rediculously hypocritical when it comes to this. While yes, I realize I am equating dogs with humans, it is amazing to me that people don’t see the connections between who is responsible for the being for which they are the “owners.”

            I am a dog owner of a “scary” breed. She was abused and is scared of most people so she runs away from them. I can tell when I walk down the street when someone is intimidated by us, and I make the effort to cross the street and get out of their way. What is shocking to me is that one of my neighbors, who clearly has an unfounded dislike for me and my dog, allows her son to deal drugs out of their house and has another person living there who openly does crack on the front porch and walks around drinking all damn day long. But I am the one who is not trusted. All my other law obiding neighbors have no problem with me or my dog, and we have great neighborly relationships, so the hypocracy of this person’s behavoir is specifically irritating.

            And yes, while Phil Mendelson definitely needs to see and end to his lame political career in this city, he is just another, in the many, of excuses for the reasons juvenile crime plagues this city.

        • Please don’t forget to vote against Phil Mendelson this fall.


          • Look at Clark Ray as a replacement.

            Full disclosure: I’m collecting signatures for him and I have a big sign in my front yard.

            The dog wags the tail in this case, I looked into him and decided I liked what he stood for before I decided to volunteer.

    • I totally agree that there is nothing inherently dangerous in a rottie or really any breed. It is the owner that is the issue. But large, strong, powerful dogs (when raised to encourage aggression) are hard-to-impossible to control. A passer-by cannot wait to make a determination about a particular dog or owner because an agressive dog can attack before an evaluation is made. So in the interest of caution, we steer clear of large, strong, potentially hard-to-control dogs. Owners of such dogs should recognize this and sympathize. In fact, they should behave the exact same way on behalf of their own dog, children and themselves.

  • One morning I walked passed that house. Chloe was jumping really high and seemed to be in attack mode. It was to the point, I thought she was going to leap over and attack me.

  • Thanks for this post. I live a couple of blocks away from this dog.

    I was sitting on some steps years ago and a Rott became very agitated. Its owner had to use her body to get it into the door. I made no eye contact, nor did I engage her or the dog.

    If people really loved Rotts, they would realize that DC is not a proper environment for their temperament. There are too many stimuli and it is extremely territorial. Combine that with its size and you have a catastrophe waiting to happen.

    So many people have the “I want what I want when I want it wherever” attitude about dogs. It’s not fair to humans or the dogs. Get a dog that is suitable for the environment, your skill, and your commitment level.

    • Bitter Elitist:

      Its not the DOG, it’s the OWNER.

      Rottweilers actually do pretty well in a city environment. The noise, and crowds really don’t bother them. Rotties, when trained well, are extremely focused on their owner, and the things around them, they can be quite aloof to. Rotties aren’t known to be anxious / nervous dogs, therefore, crowds, noise, traffic, etc…shouldn’t bother them.

      Before you continue to claim you know things about Rottweilers and people who own them, maybe you should do a bit more research.

      Here’s a bit on their temperament:

      The AKC Standard describes the Rottweiler as “a calm, confident, and courageous dog with a self-assured aloofness that does not lend itself to immediate and indiscriminate friendships.”
      Typically steadfast, sensible, and serious (though some are happy-go-lucky clowns!), the Rottweiler tends to respond quietly and with a wait-and-see attitude to influences in his environment.
      This muscular dog needs some space and exercise: brisk daily walks, interactive romping sessions, and regular opportunities to stretch out and run. Mental exercise (advanced obedience, agility, retrieving a ball, Schutzhund) is even more important and appreciated.

      Overall, the Rottweiler is a splendid, capable companion in the right hands, but without ongoing companionship, socialization, obedience training, and supervision, he is “too much dog” for many households.

      • I’ll accept that Rottweilers are all the things you say they are, and you are absolutely correct about how to own a dog. But if it is all about THE OWNER, why describe the breed, as you and other experts do?

        “…courageous…self-assured aloofness…”

        “This muscular dog needs some space and exercise…”

        You’ve made your case for Rotts in the city very poorly. You know that if those knuckleheads on Holmead bought a Golden, its only offense would be slobbering on their couch.

        Breeds have tendencies and characteristics and you cannot effectively regulate dog ownership, so this libertarian urbanist favors removing certain breeds from city by law.

        • Daddy:

          “…removing certain breeds from city by law.”

          This is absolutely ridiculous. You are punishing a dog breed not the irresponsible owner. Instead, there should be a Dog Application, and if you choose a Large / X-Large breed, you should be mandated to train it.

          I live in a part of DC near Rock Creek, and Rotties would do just fine there. In fact, I’ve seen them, and all have been very nice. Saying a dog or certain breeds need to be removed from a city is just a very ignorant thing to say.

          • It is not ignorant. It is based on what you say. Now you have backed off on Rottweilers in the city and removed them to Rock Creek Park. More appropriate, yes, but un-regulate-able.

            Imposition of such a restriction would have to include “grandfathering” in dogs that live here, so that nobody loses a pet and the problems with Pit Bulls and Rottweilers in the city die as they do. We’d say, “15 years from now it’ll be illegal to have these breeds…” Dogs will not ever be punished, and I’ll personally distribute free hankies to all those unable to get a Rottweiler puppy.

    • Sorry bitter elitist, you obviously aren’t a dog expert. Rotti’s are great dogs, when handled properly. This has absolutely nothing to do with stimuli, where would you even come up with this? As many people have mentioned above, it is not the breed, it is the owner. The problem with the more powerful breeds is that they can do a lot of harm with an unknowledgable or idiot owner. But seriously, do Labs/Weimaraners/ and Vizslas belong in the city? Yes, with an owner tha has the right energy level and time. Pits and Rotti’s, yes with the proper owner. Seriously, almost any dog is territorial with an owner that doesn’t train it properly. Spreading misinformation does a disservice to the whole community.

      I will definitly be careful on Holmead when walking with my dogs from now on!

    • You’ve got a great point here. You can’t adopt a dog that needs open fields to run in if you live in an apartment or a row house with no yard. Walks only help out so much on certain breeds.

  • Anybody seen the guy who walks around Columbia Heights with his pit bull off the leash? I’ve seen him three times, usually near 13th and Columbia. Scurry.

  • I have a fear of dogs (which stems from a childhood incident) and I would like to know where this dog lives, so that I actively avoid walking past the house.

    Are you able to give a general location??

    • Re-read the article.
      Information given.

    • Oh, how could I have missed that! Got it. Thanks!!

    • It’s the blue house at the corner of Monroe and Holmead, with the high chain-link fence right up to the sidewalk.

      Hey, remember when we were all complaining about how ugly that fence is, and wondering how it’s allowed to exist (grandfathered, probably)? Aren’t we glad it’s there, knowing what we know about the dog? *cue music* Always look on the bright side of life!

      • I’m not sure it is the blue house on the NE corner of Monroe and Holmead… a Rottweiler used to live there, but I haven’t seen that dog in a very long time and I walk by pretty frequently. There’s another dog there now, yellow-ish with a black muzzle, medium-sized, under a year old, and fairly friendly. From the descriptions of the aggressive Rottweiler, I can’t imagine she could co-exist in that space with the new dog.

        That said, I can’t think of another house in that block with a chain link fence.

  • Has anyone every seen the movie Cujo??

  • I actually think this is in reference to a beige-yellow duplex, about a block up from the blue one, can anyone confirm? I have seen a dog there, too, that seemed aggressive.

  • Sometimes it isn’t the breed, or the owner. The problem is just that specific individual dog.

    It’s not for lack of training or lack of trying, but simply that the dog doesn’t take to training, or can’t control their impulses. We had to put a dog down because of that, even though we trained her just like our other two, and brought in trainers, etc. That was what the professionals told us to do, in the end, put her down. It sucked.

    The owner’s failure, sadly, is that they haven’t put their dog down.

    • A trainer told us to put our dog down due to extreme fear-aggression. We got a new trainer and, months later, our dog is fixed. It took a boat load of dedication on our part (2 hours of training every day for months on end), not to mention an excellent trainer, but every dog can be fixed. You had a bad trainer. Too bad the trainer couldn’t just own up and say s/he couldn’t handle that specific dog.

      We have fostered numerous dogs others deemed aggressive and wanted to put down. The proper training saves lives. These dogs have successfully gone to new homes and both dogs and owners are happy.

      Sorry, this issue lies close to my heart, I couldn’t let this pass.

      • Do you have contact info for that trainer?

      • yeah, please post the info for the (good) trainer if you wouldn’t mind (assuming he/she is local).

        • They are local (though sometimes hard to reach), here is their website:

          We are forever grateful to them for not turning us away like the first trainer we met with, and for sticking with us with our crazy little rescue (she is 15 pounds, most likely the reason she wasn’t put down at the shelter for aggression). We now have another dog and foster and have had sessions every once in a while for “upkeep.” We’ve been able to take what we’ve learned and help other foster dogs. My rescue also recommends them because they don’t turn away the scary breeds- which apparently many trainers do. Both the trainers are great with the dogs. My dogs get very excited to see them, or when we drive up to the facilities!

    • mphs:

      Maybe it is an individual dog gone bad, but this is SUPER RARE. 99% of the time, dogs can be and are willing to be rehabilitated. The problem…most people don’t have the patience and/or skills to do so; even “expert trainers”.

      Take a look at what happened with many of Michael Vik’s dogs. They were trained to be ferocious killers, yet many were indeed rehabilitated. Patience and persistence is key.

      • Patience and persistence and a friggin’ boat load of money for multiple trainers that you could better spend on rescuing other animals, and you may have your other pets or children injured during the training period, and if your neighbors get bitten or injured, you can lose your homeowners insurance, which puts you in default with your mortgage.

        But, every single puppy soul is precious, no?

        • You just don’t get it man.

        • Dude seriously, if you take on dog rehab of a fearful or aggressive dog (any breed) YOU SHOULD NO BETTER THAN TO BRING CHILDREN AROUND IT. My God man! Some things you absolutely just have to spoon feed to people.

          • Uh, I don’t do dog rehab. Not sure, what you’re allcapping about. As for me, I’ve had shelter dogs for 20 years, if that matters to you, splendidly trained to endure all sorts of urban stimuli.

            I definitely recommend a good trainer, first, and good luck with that. (Maybe you can pay for one for Chloe). But, when it doesn’t work out, it doesn’t work out.

            Since there are no child-free zones in the District, I think a dog owner in DC has to consider all the consequences of having an aggressive dog in their home. Or, one that becomes aggressive. For example:

            “The Insurance Information Institute, an industry association in New York, recently released statistics showing that dog-bite claims nationwide grew 10.5 percent from 2006 to 2007, the latest data available. In 2007, dog-bite claims paid by insurance averaged $24,511 each. In addition, dog bites currently account for one-third of all homeowner’s claims.”

  • The house with this dog is about a 1/3 block North of Holmead Apartments (which goes up for auction TODAY…YEAH!!!!). There are two simliar looking, out of place, vinyl siding homes that two sisters own. These houses were built by Habitat For Humanity about 10 or so years ago. The one with the chain-link fence is the house where this dog lives. I never had a problem with the dog, but do with the way this one sister maintains her backyard, what a freaking mess. They have a tenage son and one young adult son living there and instead of cleaning up their lawn they just play basketball. If they were my kids I would make them work before they played ball.

    • SISTERS! Yes you are a REAL LIVE RACIST! Why don’t you take the time and knock on the SISTERS door and request to clean the LAWN! TAKE A NAP!

      • I know it’s mean to make fun, but I’m seriously giggling out loud at this post. TAKE A NAP!

        I wonder if it’s the same person on DCUM who calls everyone RACIST (all caps, usually when s/he has misunderstood the post s/he’s responding to).

    • everytime i walk pass the back gate i would see the Teenage boy cleaning dog messor taking out the i don’t kno what your talking about.

    • Thanks for the blogs, I do understand, but my backyard. Stop by I will give you the key to the gate. You can cut grass, pick up trash what every you want, I will make sure Chloe Frances is in the house, AND I will pay you. You know nothing about my sons, that’s not good.

      When the mood hits you bring you lawn mower and whatever tools necessary to get it done.

      I see you have plenty of time, for what’s going on here. Stick to the DOG.

  • Seriously, we should ban dogs. I mean I am so tired of stepping in their ***; and owners that think it is cute when they jump up on me; and mean dogs, and how about incessant barking? I know it is the owner’s responsibility, but honestly, let’s just get rid of them….

    • I think we should ban you because of your incessant whiney-ness and anti social personality.

    • definitely anonomous:

      Perhaps we should get rid of you…

    • Seriously, we should ban hipsters. I mean I am so tired of seeing their fixed gear bicycles, and they think it’s cute when they wear skinny jeans; and slacker attitudes, and how about incessant Hot Chip playing? I know it’s their parent’s responsibility for financing them, but honestly, let’s just get rid of them.

  • @holmeadres

    Yes. It’s that house.

  • me

    OP, just curious, what kind of dog is Luca? I think I know you.

  • For starters, you people are ridiculous to pass judgment on my dog and our family when you don’t know anything about us. First off when we got Chloe she had a broken leg from her previous owner who use to beat her. We have taken nothing but absolute care for our dog and we love our dog. This is Washington, DC where crime is prevalent, so we have a dog that legitimately can aid in the defense of our home. As for “Luca” the dog who was bitten by my dog, the owner HAS NOT spoken about the fact that she was with another dog whom began to bark which initiated “Chloe” to become defensive. I am sad that her dog got hurt, but I don’t want anyone for a split second to sit here and believe my dog just went off and bit her dog! Lady you are a COWARD for this action! Instead of being diplomatic and approaching our family as an honest human being with a quarrel, you find it necessary to slander my dog and our family, some kind of person that makes you! Yes, the Department of Health has deemed my dog as dangerous, but unfortunately for you Chloe haters, she was here before you moved near our home, she is still here after your attempts to have her removed, and she will remain here because we will do whatever that is needed to keep her. We love our dog and Thanks to those for your support!
    Dedicated owner of CHLOE

    • Oh the dog barked?! Then it’s cool to start biting then.

      Glad that was cleared up.

      And here we see the usual DC argument, “Oh yeah, well we were here first.”

      captcha – of tethered
      If only.

    • So what’s your rationalization for Chloe attacking a man during the blizzard? Did he bark at her, too?

    • Yeah, what Badger said. How dare Luca stand near a dog that was *barking*. Luca was totally asking for it.

      What about the guy in the snowstorm that Chloe bit? Was he barking too?

      Keep your vicious animal locked up. That dog should have been destroyed the first time it bit. Why give it another chance? I live on your street and have small kids. You know what little kids do when they see a puppy? They bark. It’s hilarious to them.

      Off-topic, why all the quotation marks in your post? “Rottweiler” and “Chloe” and so on? Are these names changed to protect the guilty?

    • To Luca’s owner: Sorry, now I see what you’re dealing with! Irrationality at its best!

      When a dog barks Choloe bites, wonder if her owner just whacks people when they speak… Poor dog.

    • Chloe’s Owner – Congrats on the rescue. As a Rottie owner myself I understand what you are saying about your dog being provoked. Our breed is a bit different than others and with your dog’s history I can understand. Take care of your dog and keep her away from other dogs and humans and you have every right to keep her. Confining her is no fun, but since she has already been declared dangerous – it’s better that she be a bit bored than dead. FYI – I usually take my Rottie for longer walks later at night or early morning or down alleys when and where I know I am unlikely to encounter anyone. Maybe not as much fun as the dog park, but certainly a better solution than worrying about what might happen. Best of luck!

  • @definitely synonymous: thanks for the laugh!

    when i take my dog on a walk i am suspicious of any unfamiliar dog, rottie or not. we had a bad experience last year with a rambunctious rottie. unfortunately with a large dog like that, excitement can be confused with attack mode.

    i do, however talk to any owner with a dog off leash that i see on our block. that’s how these problems start.

    poor chloe. sadly everyone pays the price – except for the crappy owner.

  • Nice story about Chloe, but I don’t care. I have not encountered Chloe yet but I live in the neighborhood. If your dog ever bites my dog you WILL be very very sorry.

  • OP: Don’t forget to get your expenses paid by Chloe’s owner. If the dog was on public property unleashed she is the guilty party. She has also basically admitted here what happened. Get every cent back.

    • I Live On The Same street and one day my child wanted to pet “Chloe” We Asked First and kindly the Owner let my child pet “Chloe”. I have been in contact With Chloe And She is nothing but nice and sweet. When she hops on the fence it is because that is just what dogs do. She has done that to me, BUT even though she did that I came in the yard with her there was no jumping or barking. I am a White 44 year old man. So it has nothing to do with race. The dog barked at chloe so she took that as a Threat which caused her to attack. With the man she was playful there she did not bit him she just jumped on him, showing excitment.

  • I have lived right next door to Chloe and her family for the past 7 years and have never had a problem with Chloe. Yes, she barks when people come near, but good, I like to hear that someone is right out back my home. Beyond that I see that she is truly loved by this family and plays well with the children/young adults that live with her. As far as commenting on the backyard, if I don’t have a problem with it (living right next door) than why should anyone else? And kids play basketball! I don’t know all the in’s and out’s of the issues with Chloe but I can vouch for the family, they are good people.

  • Thanks for the blogs, I do understand, but my backyard. Stop by I will give you the key to the gate. You can cut grass, pick up trash what every you want, I will make sure Chloe Frances is in the house, AND I will pay you. You know nothing about my sons, that’s not good.

    When the mood hits you bring you lawn mower and whatever tools necessary to get it done.

    I see you have plenty of time, for what’s going on here. Stick to the DOG.

  • I just want to say this, I know Chloe and the family, and I know what happened. Chloe was on a leash while on her walk with the owner’s son; she did what most dogs would do when feeling threatened. The owner of the dog that was bitten was given the contact information for Chloe’s owner and never contacted her. For you to put information on a blog with a picture of the dog at the shelter after she was removed from the home was cowardly; you could have contacted the owner and talked to her, and you still can. If it were your human child wouldn’t you want to speak with the parents? I am sympathetic, and I can understand your concern, but once again you never contacted the owner. You don’t know Chloe, she is a dog that is loved and cared for, and her mommy is a responsible dog owner. Now, about the man that was so-called bitten, I saw him because I was walking by, and I saw his arm when he pulled his coat off for the police, not one mark on him….nothing!

  • blester01

    Rottie Owner, Neighbors, and Mom,

    I can see both sides of this story. There are people who freak out at the dog parks for getting slobbered on so I can see how the “biting” incident may have been overhyped.

    As a person who has experience rescuing/ rehabbing aggressive dogs, it sounds like you have a potential issue on your hands with Chloe. Rotties are very sweat dogs, but they can become aggressive if not raised properly, which sadly happens very frequently and most likely occurred from what you wrote.

    From your story, it sounds like you are trying to do the right thing for the dog by taking care of it after it had a rough upbringing and are adamant about protecting her. If it were my dog, I would do the same. However, you have to recognize that having your dog listed as a “dangerous dog” by the city is not in your family’s or Chloe’s best interest. She is a potential liability and an accident waiting to happen if you do not have complete control of her emotions/ excited states.

    There is no reason that a dog of her size should be allowed to jump on people. Saying that is just what dogs do when they get excited is not acceptable. There is no excuse; as a responsible owner you need to teach the dog that this behavior is not allowed. Keeping her pinned up in the house will only make matters worse.

    I have worked with the trainers that PW Neighbor mentioned above with a couple of my large fosters who had issues similar to Chloe and they are fantastic. If you truly love Chloe and want to do what is best for her, you should contact them. They use techniques very similar to Cesar Milan, and it is very empowering to be able to walk a dog the size of Chloe and be in complete control. Please do the right thing and get some help.

  • blester01

    To clarify, the “biting” incident I referred to was involving the person.

    It is not acceptable to have your dog attack another just b/c a dog barked at it. Working with a trainer can solve this issue as well.

  • me

    Just ANOTHER reason I carry mace with me. If a dog like that attacks me for no reason, I won’t hesitate to empty the can in its face.

  • +1 for Butch Henderson at Liberty K9. You won’t find anyone better.

  • “As most of you know…” hahahahaha

  • Stop being so angry at Chloe and the owner. It was an accident. Dogs are animals not people. Does this mean your dog has NO TEETH? Anything with teeth will bite. I love animals, no one takes thair dog for a walk and say , let’s go bite someboy. Come on guys…..

  • I have walked by that home and there isn’t a proper enclosure for that dog. The fence is not tall or strong enough to keep that dog from jumping out. I walked my Jug a couple of months ago by that house and Chole jumped up and was almost 75% over the fence before i could get me and Tugga to safety. Please, please please beware.

  • I would be curious to hear if other people have seent he pitbull that was mentioned earlier in the comments. My dog was bitten TWICE by that dog and both times the owner ignored that it happened (and coincidentally also implied that it was ok because my dog had barked – um, ok….). Both times the owner (a blond man in his late 20’s early 30’s) appeared to be visiting someone in the area – near 13th and Lamont – he has left quickly so I was not able to take a photo or follow up – being a bit busy with trying to stauch blood from my 20lb dog’s head.

    If you cannot control your dog – you need to accept this fact and get some training – or therapy – whatever – and a leash!! How is this difficult? I’m glad this erson was able to follow through and get some resolve on the otehr dog – I haven’t found DC govt to be so user-friendly.

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