“Please Help Me Find the Dog who Killed my chihuahua Freckles”

A reader sends the following from craigslist:

Friends and Neighbors,

I’m desperately asking you for your help.

On Tuesday night at approx. 10:30pm, my chihuahua Freckles was attacked and killed outside of my house on the 2400 block of Tunlaw Rd, NW. in Glover Park.

She was standing on the ledge in my front yard when she was snatched by another dog walking down the sidewalk with its owner. I struggled with the dog for about 20 seconds, but by the time I was finally able to pull her from his mouth, it was clearly too late. When I ran up and took her inside my house, the owner and dog continued on their walk. He didn’t try to restrain his dog, he didn’t try to help me pry her from his dog’s mouth, and he didn’t even bother to wait around, and he’s yet to come back.

I’m asking you for your help in locating this man and his dog. If anyone recognizes the description of this man and/or dog, I am begging you to please let me know.

Owner: Tall, thin, older (maybe 50s or 60s), light colored hair, white man
Dog: Large, between the size of a weimaraner and a great dane. Long, lanky legs, very tall, with a dark colored body and white head.

They were walking southward down Tunlaw Rd, towards Benton St. If anyone happened to see a man and dog who fit that description walking around Glover Park at around 10:30pm on Tuesday, or if you know who they are, or if you see them again, please please let me know. If this dog has already been deemed “dangerous” from a previous attack, then it should have never been out without a muzzle in the first place. If it hasn’t been deemed dangerous, it needs to be. A dog this vicious does not need to be on the streets where it could do this sort of thing again to another animal, or God forbid, child.

I never want anyone to have to go through this. Thank you so much for any and all help. Please reply to the email address above if you have any information. Thank you again.

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  • Wow, that is terrible. Was this larger dog on a leash when this occurred? If so, the owner just stood there? Did you guys say anything to one another?

    • My first thoughts too. Also, did you call the police? If not, do so not to report the dog bite incident. The police and animal control take these things seriously and will help find the owner and also ensure the dog is vaccinated against rabies, etc.

      • Nevermind- just read below that the police are already investigating, and that apparently the “victim” dog was off-leash and provoked the big dog.

  • This makes me sick. What is wrong with people? I hope this owner/dog are caught. So sorry for your loss.

  • Oh wow, this is so sad. I hope they find the dog owner that walked away. What a horrible thing to do.

  • My thoughts are with you – what a horrible horrible incident.

  • This is so sad.

  • Omg. This is sickening. I’m so sorry for your loss and I hope you’re able to find this guy. 🙁

  • Such a sweet little dog. I’m so sorry.

  • This is so horribly sad and awful on so many levels. I’m incredibly sorry for your loss and hope that, with the help of friends and neighbors, you can find the person and dog responsible. I also hope you’ve contacted the police–if not I encourage you to in case there are similar incidents. If there have already been they may have information about this man and his dog.

    So very sorry:(

  • Did the chihuahua owner report this to the police? To Animal Control?

  • That made me sick to my stomach. I hope that man is found- what you described is absolutely reprehensible. Can you file a police report? Providing a description to the cops may reveal if there have been previous complaints against this owner and dog. My thoughts are with you.

  • omg i am so sorry to hear this 🙁 i hope you find that a$$hole.

  • His dog was on a leash and yours wasn’t?
    Did his dog come on your property?

    • I was wondering the same thing… the Craigslist OP said, “She was standing on the ledge in my front yard when she was snatched by another dog walking down the sidewalk with its owner.”

    • a lot of people are blaming the little dog’s owner for not having his pet on a leash.

      But what would a leash have done? His dog was on his property and it barked at another dog, who came over and killed it. That could have happened if the little dog were on a leash or not, and it wouldn’t have been any easier to get the dogs separated–possibly harder.

      • Dogs on leashes may be restrained, and are leash taught to be less aggressive. Dogs react differently to other dogs when they are both leashed. A leashed dog is at a disadvantage when encountering an unleashed dog.

        Little yipper dogs can be quite aggressive, yet people tend to treat them like toys. Like this owner who let her little dog run down the stairs to stand unrestrained on a wall and bark at other dogs as they pass. If this little dog was a rottweiler, no one would say it was ok to let a rottie run down the stairs and stand unrestrained on a wall barking at all who pass. A dog is a dog and all dogs should be treated like dogs.

        • Can’t disagree with this, especially when my larger dogs have been harrassed and bitten by chihuahua and jack russell in the past without provocation.

          That being said, the dude walking the larger dog is a freaking assclown (words censored for public viewing). I get dogs act out like that sometimes, but you gotta do what you can to help and not just stand there letting your dog chomp on another dog. Terrribly sad that there are people like that.

          • +1 to assclown. I am at a complete loss to understand why an owner would not restrain his dog when there is a dogfight, and how he could ever just walk away after a fight occurs. It is a complete failure as a dog owner and a human being.

            But now it is time for me to go home and play with my pup and let her know how much I love her.

  • More evidence that some dog owners (and in my experience, most dog owners) are selfish and callous.

    • What an awful generalization…please take your bitterness somewhere else.

      • To expand on what anonymous said about dog owners being “selfish”, I don’t know that dog owners are more selfish than the average person. I do know that society as a whole is very self-centered and focused on individual needs. This me-first focus pertains to a person’s actions and a person’s belongings including their animals. It does bother me when people treat their animals better than they treat other people.

        That said, NONE of the dog owners I know would walk away from this situation due to their love for animals. This is an awful occurrence and I hope you find this terrible owner.

    • More evidence the some PoP commentors (though I wouldn’t say most PoP commentors) are massive over-generalizers.

    • What an inappropriate and incendiary comment to make on this thread, anonymously of course.

      I’m so sorry for the owners loss and hope that this man is found soon.

  • claire

    Absolutely horrific – I can only imagine how angry/sad/frustrated I would be if I were in this position. My condolences, Freckles looks like an adorable, sweet dog and certainly did not deserve a fate like this. Hope they catch the bastards and stop something like this from happening again.

  • I would be a complete wreck. I’m so sorry! Definitely file a police report, and soon.

  • Seriously? Sorry for this woman’s loss and none of us were there but it sounds like her dog was loose and ran over to the attacker dog. I will say as a larger dog owner who always keeps my dog on a leash (unless in a fenced in area). The number of people (especially small dog owners) who have their dogs off leash walking or in front of their house with no fence is frustrating. People say my dog is friendly- well guess what my dog has been attacked by a dog while she was on a leash so is now agressive when a loose dog approaches her and she is on a leash. And I will keep my dog on a leash because a- I don’t want her to get hit by a car and b-it is not fair to the people and/or dogs we may see on our walks. People forget that we live in a city- keep your dog on a leash.
    So yes if your dog came running over to my dog and she attacked your dog I wouldn’t walk away but I would be pissed that your irresponsibility put us in that situation.

    • How did you get that from what the OP wrote without making some assumptions?

      And, FWIW, if the dog was on the OP’s property, she is not the one that “put [them] in that situation.”

      • Based off the My Fox DC article, the chihuahua was off leash and ran to the edge of the property and barked at the dog and his owner. So it sounds like it was the wrong day to do that. The chihuahua’s owner has some responsibility for the situation.

        But if the owner of the large dog didn’t react while the chihuahua was being mauled and simply walked away without saying a word after the incident was over, he sounds psychotic.

        • That’s exactly how I felt but didn’t know how to say it without being a jerk.

          Now, Denizen, if you could only help me communicate w/ my wife.

          • F’reals? Now I feel just as sorry for you as the dog owner. You didn’t mate with her yet, did you? If you did, don’t have any more! Work it out now or walk. Don’t spend your life with a person you cannot talk to.

          • I was just trying to be funny. We communicate, just sometimes I say things trying to be constructive and I come across like a jerk.

        • Her 5lb dog barking doesn’t give the other dog the okay to kill it. The other dog is aggressive and dangerous and the owner sounds like a psycho. If barking off leash is sufficient provocation to allow you to let your dog kill someone else’s dog, then please keep your dog away from every dog park in the world.

    • Yes to all of this. Not to take away at all from the pain of losing an animal — and it hurts even worse, I know, when you as the owner could have done something different to save your animal — but this brings up a pet peeve of mine.

      As an owner of two large dogs who are ALWAYS on leash outdoors, I find that owners of smaller dogs often think that their little guy doesn’t need to be on a leash, whether in their yard, in Logan Circle, or wherever, because “he’s so small, he couldn’t hurt anyone.” But as this post demonstrates, small dogs need to be on leashes for their OWN safety, too. Unless you have a securely fenced yard, letting your dog off leash in your front yard is as good as letting him or her run around the neighborhood.

      • WTF to dogs off leash in the Circle? We have a large dog who can be iffy with new dogs – the other day, a tiny dog did the whole “I’M TINY AND HAVE NEVER BEEN DISCIPLINED!” act (barking at every dog that walked by). How is it 100% my responsibility to make sure my dog doesn’t react? No one can guarantee that – keep your damn dogs on a leash in public, or if you’re too lazy, don’t get a dog. Logan Circle isn’t your yard.

  • omg, this dude is an A$$HOLE… who does that? strolls along his merry a$$ way when his dog has KILLED another? that is sooooo wrong on so many levels… i’m so sorry this happened. I sincerely hope you find the dog and the owner and he gets what’s coming to him. Again, I’m so sorry for your loss

  • My condolences for your loss, but I do think a lot of us are wondering the details of how this happened. Did this other dog snatch your dog through a fence? You say your dog was at the ledge of your front yard, was it leashed? or just right on the edge of the sidewalk and on an open lawn?

  • So sad. Saw this story on the news last night. Here’s the video: http://www.myfoxdc.com/video?clipId=7247021&topVideoCatNo=233138&autoStart=true

  • There’s also an article on this on the Fox-5 TV station’s website:


    Key excerpt:

    D.C. Police confirm they, along with animal control, are investigating the violent death of Freckles, but because their reports are incomplete, they cannot yet be made public.

    D.C. law permits sanctions against “dangerous dogs” and even “potentially dangerous dogs”, but the law clearly states that any menacing, injury or death from a dog must occur “without provocation.”

    If the man and the large dog are identified, “provocation” could be a key issue, since the unleashed chihuahua did run up and bark at the pair.

    • That is exactly the key, provocation and off leash in an unenclosed area.

      I hope the walk-away human is found, and that some criminal offense may befall him because of his actions. The dog …. not sure.

      My thoughts go out to Freckles owner, I could not imagine dealing with my dog dying in this fashion. I hugged her close last night when I saw this.

    • This seems to be the most important part to me:

      “Sometimes, said Baroody, when another owner would walk a dog down Tunlaw, Freckles would run off the porch (to the edge of the wall supporting the lawn), and bark.”

      • and I’m sure if a pit bull did the same thing, it would be considered a violent dog.

        I wish people (as another poster said) would treat dogs like dogs regardless of size.

  • God I hope you find him.

  • What a horrible thing to go through. The dog’s owner almost certainly lives in the neighborhood. I live nearby and will be driving around looking for this guy.

  • When I saw this on Craigslist, I thought, “This is awful and tragic… but I suspect there’s a little more to the story than what’s written here.”

    The owner of the large dog sounds like a jerk for just walking away and saying nothing, and it sounds like he could have (and should have) done more to keep his dog away from the chihuahua. But seeing as the chihuahua wasn’t on a leash, I’m not entirely sure that he or his dog can be held responsible.

    Very sad.

    • i agree, no one will likely be held responsible, awful things do happen, but the LEAST this guy could have done was to offer a heartfelt, “I’m sorry”… that’s what irks me the most about this story… .not the little dog who wasn’t on a leash and not the big angry aggressive dog either, but the LOSER CREEP dog owner who walked away with no heart.

  • I can’t even imagine how much pain you are in. My dog is such a joy in my life and the mere thought of something happening to her makes me tear up. I’m so sorry for your loss and my thoughts are with you.

  • I’m terribly sorry for the owner’s loss. It must be extremely traumatic.

    However, having just watched the news report which was obviously told from the owner’s perspective, I have to say that demonizing the other dog owner won’t absolve her of the fact that she wasn’t taking care of her dog. Her dog was loose on her property without a fence. I don’t have a doubt that the guy who walked away is a jerk and I hope he’s punished for walking away… but the fault is with Freckles’s owner. Take responsibility for your animal.

    • i hate to add insult to injury, but this post above is exactly right. you owe it to your dog to keep him safe. part of that is keeping your dog on a leash at all times, unless you are in a fenced in area. doesn’t sound like freckles was being protected. and when i walk by a dog who runs up and barks at me OFF leash, i don’t care how big or small, it’s freaking annoying.

    • I agree. This is tragic all around, and the large dog’s owner is a d*ck for not doing anything to stop the attack. But I have to agree that the small dog should have been leashed. My dog also has a habit of barking at other dogs passing by when we’re sitting on the porch, so I always tether him to the porch so he can’t run down the steps and get into trouble.

    • I agree. I own a dog, though still a puppy, and both he and I have been bitten on 2 different occasions (the bite he received drew blood, I just had a large bruise) by dogs off-leash while we were walking. I would never let my dog off leash without a fenced area, and unattended no less – regardless of size or temperment. It’s simply irresponsible.

  • I am disturbed by the tone of some of the posters here: “I hope that man is found.” “Hope they catch the bastards.” “I sincerely hope… he gets what’s coming to him.” “God I hope you find him.” “I live nearby and will be driving around looking for this guy.”

    What is coming to this man is a warning from the police and possibly a civil suit from the chihuahua’s owner. Anybody considering retaliation against the dog or his owner needs to check their values system. It’s a dog. Sorry.

    • Or, you know, to some people–family.

      • Society at large and our justice systemd do not consider your dog family and our laws are written accordingly. Dogs are property. If you are going to go after a stranger whose dog killed another stranger’s dog to harass or assault him, then you’re a vigilante and a criminal. There are thousands of people in DC that have done heinous acts towards other people. Don your Batsuit and go after them instead.

        • Emmaleigh504

          Well written! thank you

        • And there you lost it Denizen.

          Never advocate going after anyone.

          • Boom, roasted. By stating “Don your Batsuit…” I was not seriously advocating for people to be vigilantes. Quite the opposite. Just to clear that up.

          • Uh, wrong, Denizen of Tenallytown is clearly advocating violence here. Tool time in the comments today.

        • I think that some level of harassment might be warranted. Some public shaming perhaps?

          If this guy, in fact, trotted off without a car in the world after leaving, what was reported to be a bloody mess, behind him ALL THE WHILE not having restrained his dog in the least, I think he should be subject to at least an aggressive PR campaign disparaging his character and judgment.

        • bfinpetworth

          Property law is evolving on that point towards recognizing the pet as more than property.

    • Emmaleigh504

      These kinds of comments are disturbing. I get that people are upset when an animal gets killed, but no need for vigilantism.

  • The responsibility does NOT lie directly with the chihuahua’s owner if their dog never left her property. That would mean that the other dog came onto private property and attacked Freckles.

    • Look, I hate that this happened, but dogs don’t recognize property rights, hell a lot of people in DC have trouble with the concept.

    • ledroittiger

      You’re wrong. Keep it on a leash next time unless there is a fence, which there clearly is not from the video reporting showing her property line. You are displacing your anger on the bigger dog just because you don’t want to confront the fact that you were at least partially responsible for your own dog’s death.

      • ledroittiger, I am not the OP, ergo, I’m not “displacing my anger.” I’m just saying that if her dog was on her property, it’s the responsibility of the larger dog’s owner to prevent his dog from entering private property and mauling a smaller animal. Please read for comprehension in the future.

        • When I look at the photo in the Fox5 story, it appears that the small dog could have been on its property and the big dog could have grabbed it from the sidewalk. It’s not clear to me that the big dog went on private property.

  • This “man” allowed his dog to kill your dog?

    He should be doing time, and his dog should be shot (euthanization is more cruel, just shoot it out back…)

    /good luck!

  • Obviously, this is why you keep your dog on a leash.

    However, I’m not sure how the outcome would have been much different if Freckles was being walked down the street, on a leash, and the attacking dog, also on a leash, had grabbed the dog, in a similar manner.

    Thats what is scary… when you are approaching another dog on a leash, you’re immediate thought isnt “that dog is going to try to kill my dog and the owner isnt even going to pull it back”.

  • just playing devil’s advocate here, but is it possible that maybe the man did not know that is dog actually killed the small one? if it was late at night, and there was a scuffle form which the owner pulled the small dog away and ran it inside, perhaps he thought maybe the owner was doing just that, pulling the dog away and getting it inside. maybe didn’t know the extent of the damage or couldn’t see what had really happened.

    i am really just trying to think of what could have made him just walk away. terrible though.

  • My heart goes out to the owner of Freckles. I have a chihuahua as well and am always frightened of this sort of thing happening as a friend of mine’s chi was also killed by a big dog at a dog park. I hope they catch the man who is responsible for the larger dog. RIP Freckles 🙁

    • also, this is why you shouldn’t let your tiny dog loose in a dog park that isn’t segregated. many small dogs are trampled or otherwise killed and maimed this way. but please, y’all, don’t think this is a suggestion to carry your little bougie dog around in a purse.

      • After this incident happened to my friend, I only take my chi to small dog meet up groups if I’m trying to socialize him. Otherwise he happily remains on my couch, or goes for on-leash walks in parks where other dogs don’t frequent.

      • I just listened to the Fox News story and saw Freckles’ house. There is absolutely no excuse for the behavior of the other dog’s owner, no question about it, but that’s a moral issue and not a legal one. Freckles’ owner was clearly at fault for letting her little dog run around, unleashed, in an unfenced area. Poor Freckles.

        • I get what you’re saying, and haven’t seen the video you speak of, but am wondering if you would feel this way if the dog attacked a child who was wandering around in front of the house? The purpose of leashes is for dog owners to control their dogs. If those dogs can’t be controlled for some reason, walking them in public spaces where they can encounter all sorts of smaller defenseless creatures is a bad idea.

          Some of the onus for what happened should go to the owner of the larger dog even if a greater portion of the responsibility should go to the small dog owner. Like I said, I never leave my dog unattended for this reason, although I’ve heard of big dogs doing things like this even when both dogs are on a leash.

          • bfinpetworth

            Good point about a toddler in the yard.

          • there is a difference between a toddler wandering around a yard and from what the video implies, Freckles running up to bark at other dogs. I guarantee you both situations would get different reactions from dogs.

          • @anon– “there is a difference between a toddler wandering around a yard and from what the video implies, Freckles running up to bark at other dogs. I guarantee you both situations would get different reactions from dogs.”

            How so? Since you fail to qualify this statement in any way, I’m going to have to assume you mean that the big dog owner wouldn’t have let his dog attack a kid? Or are you suggesting that toddlers wouldn’t approach strange dogs walking down the street, because of course that never happens…

          • let’s get real. no toddler should be left unattended in a yard like that either. there’s a big staircase and a significant drop onto the sidewalk from the yard.

          • I have a feeling Freckles’ owner wouldn’t have allowed her toddler to approach the big dog like she did Freckles, but if she did and the toddler “provoked” the dog and got bitten, well . . .

            You need to watch the Fox News report. Freckles’ owener says that she routinely allowed Freckles to run the the edge of the property and bark at passing dogs. I’m sorry, but that’s not smart with any dog, especially one as little as Freckles. All dogs in this city belong either on leashes or behind fences at all times. There’s a reason why this is the law.

  • bfinpetworth

    I often wonder if I’m overly protective and paranoid about my two Havanese when it comes to big dogs. But one of mine was attacked a number of years ago at a football tailgate party, and we were lucky to escape with a slightly torn (though bleeding heavily) eyelid. My dog (Alee) was on the leash, and a black lab put Alee’s head in his mouth. The leash saved Alee, as my partner was able to pull her up by the leash and out of the lab’s mouth. It was terrifying and I can still hear Alee’s shreaks of fear for minutes after the incident. The owner apologized after I lashed out at him for not having his dog on a f….ing leash.

    Anyway, Freckles demise reaffirms my position – no dog parks, no off leash except in a fenced in area, baby gate on our front porch so we can sit safely out there. I also always walk the dogs with pepper spray in my pocket to use against any threatening dog. Sad.

  • what a lot of people seem to be missing here is that these are dogs. Not humans who can reason, but dogs. Since we’re only getting the side of the owner who lost her pet, who knows what really happened. Nobody here is fluent in dog, so who knows if the larger dog felt it or the owner was being threatened by the smaller dog. Again, the dog is an animal and will not reason but only act on it’s instincts. By the owners own admission, her dog would bark at other dogs passing by which I’m sure is threatening behavior in the eyes of another dog.
    Now for the guy who just left, wow, what an ass, sorry to say. At least stick around and offer condolences and apologies, don’t just stroll off into the night like nothing happened.

    • On neighborhood listserves throughout the District, at least a few times in a spring/summer when the weather is warm, people are up in arms because someone’s dog (sometimes on leash, sometimes off leash) bites a runner/kid/other person’s dog. In an urban environment with everyone in close quarters and the streets filled with all kinds of people and animals, if we don’t place the burden of responsibility on a dog owner to control their dog then who is responsible? “Dogs will be dogs” is not an excuse for a dog attack, whether the dog be big or small, because when someone chooses to be a dog owner in a major city, they must learn to accept that they are responsible for their dogs’ actions whether justified or not, and control them accordingly. My brother has an English Mastiff and I have a Chihuahua. We both live in big cities. My Chihuahua is snippy and his Mastiff is a huge, calm beast, but both are capable of causing harm to people and other animals. Both of us have taken our dogs for professional training and both of us never take them off leash outside or let them interact with other dogs or people if we have an inkling it could end badly. This means me picking up my dog if I see another dog approaching, and my brother crossing the street to the other side if he sees his dog perk up and become unmanagable in the presence of another animal or person. A lot of this is common sense, but unfortunately despite these things happening repeatedly, people never seem to learn.

      • “…if he sees his dog perk up and become unmanagable…”

        though really, people shouldn’t own dogs they can’t manage. if you live in a city and have a large dog that is so much stronger than you that you couldn’t hold it back on a leash, that’s crossing the line into irresponsibility if you ask me.

        • To qualify, my brother’s dog is, like I said, an English Mastiff (biggest breed on the planet). While only a puppy that is less than 1 year old the dog already weighs more than 100 lbs. My brother needs to walk him and socialize him as part of training him, and has a muzzle and special harness for training for that purpose. He also will have a special harness for him after he leaves obedience school. He lives in NYC and when I say he becomes “unmanageable” I mean that he walks from a trot to a gallop in a few feet like a Shetland pony because of his size. But I agree with the gist of what you’re saying about people being responsible for big dogs.

  • anon. gardener

    When I worked at Georgetown a couple of years ago, i would see a guy who generally matches the description, walking his dog on campus. One day the dog spotted a squirrel and went after it, and the guy just encouraged him to get it and kill it. the dog savagely attacked and killed the squirrel, and the owner just laughed and said good boy, you get him, etc. I was completely sickened. he just sauntered off with the dog, and was gone before anyone could do anything. A dog like that would totally snatch up a chihuahua and kill it, and an owner like that wouldn’t give a damn. Yeah, dogs are dogs, but the real issue here is the owner who continued on his way as if nothing happened. There are sick people in the world – don’t be so quick to lay all the blame on the chihuahua’s owner.

    • You obviously haven’t spent much time around dogs. Just because dogs will kill vermin like squirrels, doesn’t mean they will go after other dogs.

      • You havent spent much time around dogs if you think they perform a DNA test prior to accosting small animals. Remember, dogs havent sat through biology or zoology classes- they’re not intimately familiar with the differences between a large squirrel and a small dog.

        • No, but they have things like a keen sense of smell and instincts. I’ve owned coonhounds since I was a teenager (hunting dogs that love to chase and tree small animals) and not once have they ever agressively chased a little dog. And on the flipside, I’ve never seen one of my hounds try to sniff a squirrel’s butt in greeting, but I’ve seen them do it with plenty for chihuahuas and the like.

          (there’s actually a pretty good book that talks about how dogs can distinguish as such, think the authors name is Horowitz)

      • anon. gardener

        I own a dog. I do not train my dog to kill any small animal he comes across. I witnessed this man training his dog to kill small animals.

        • All of the large dogs I have owned – and socialized with other dogs from a young age – have hated squirrels and other vermin through no encouragement from me!
          That being said, if they met a small dog they were happy to see them, with tails wagging etc. I think they do know the difference between one of their own and another species.

        • I witnessed this in Silver Spring. A guy actually brought caged squirrels to a park was releaseing them one at a time and was training his dog to catch and kill them.

          Police were called and he was cited. I never saw him or his dog again.

      • agree – my 85 lbs German Shepherd/Husky mix has a huge prey drive and will go after squirrels, rabbits, rats, etc, but is completely fine around small dogs. On the other hand, small dogs often snap and bark at him, even if he’s just walking by ignoring them. I assume they feel threatened by a large dog, even if he’s not aggressive.

  • Speaking as a guy (don’t know anything about the OP), if my dog was killed in front of my eyes due the actions of another human, I would probably beat that person to death on the spot………..

  • The owner should have been arrested a while ago for making her dog wear a…wha? is that a friggin’ tutu?!!? Pobre Freckles…

  • Maybe the big dog owner wanted to get his dog home where he would calm down. Maybe the big dog owner didn’t know that little Freckles was not long for this world. I love how quickly the mob gets its panties up in a bunch here.

  • My condolences to the owner for a horrible experience and a very painful loss.

    Please, people, remember: Leash Laws Are Not Just About YOUR Dog.

    No matter how small/friendly/well-behaved your dog is, once another dog enters the situation, circumstances are no longer under your control. Having both dogs leashed allows both owners the best opportunity to get their dogs away safely if something goes amiss – and no one can ever predict completely how their dog might respond to another (leashed or unleashed), even less so with other factors thrown in (car backfires, squirrel runs into the mix, etc.)

    Obviously, once you enter an off-leash dog park, you assume the liability for anything that occurs…but if I’m walking my leashed dog down the street and an unleashed dog appears, I’m forced to assume responsibility for how my dog is going to react AND how the unknown dog is going to react. Of course I’m going to do what I can to protect my dog.

    I’m not defending this man if he really did just stand there watching while his dog repeatedly mauled Freckles. But assuming your unleashed dog is ok because of its size or disposition – even if it’s on your unsecured property – is a huge risk. What if this man had crossed the street with his dog, and Freckles had dashed after them? Freckles could have been hit by a car, or mauled further from home, without any chance of its owner reacting in time.

    Certainly, a leashed dog is capable of harming another leashed dog. But at least both owners have the best possible chance – in the split second they have to act – to avoid the worst. And if one of those dogs is off leash, even a hyper vigilant owner is going to be at a disadvantage.

    Leashes aren’t just about restraint. They can help you protect your dog in our inherently unpredictable urban environment. Please keep your dog leashed.

  • I’m not going to comment on who was in the wrong here. I’m only going to say that I hope that Freckles died quickly and did not suffer, and that her owner eventually finds some peace, although I’m at a loss how. Maybe knowing Freckles had a good life, regardless of how she died. It’s such a traumatic thing to have happen and I have no doubt the owner feels a tremendous amount of guilt.

  • I have two adopted boston terriers; they were not socialized well and get too excited around people and other dogs. Whenever I’m out with them, they are leashed and I try to avoid possible situations all the time, but it’s hard because people are too stupid to realize that when I say “they’re not good with people, please don’t try and pet them” or “they’re not good with other dogs” I actually mean it (as I drag the dogs away while the people just stand there like idiots).

    If the owner of the chihuaha knew, or had even witnessed one time, that her dog did not interact well with other dogs she should not have let the dog be off leash in an un-fenced yard. I’m sorry her dog died; but the fact is, taking care of animals is a responsibility and if you can’t provide for the safety of your pet you shouldn’t have one. Dogs, no matter the breed, have the potential to cause serious injury and death; sometimes all it takes is for an uncontrolled dog displaying obvious territorial behavior to create that situation.

    Sadly, this owner has had to learn this the incredibly hard way.

    • At the same time, ACCIDENTS happen. I think it’s just such crappy proselytizing behavior to come on and gloat that you don’t think someone should have a pet due to one incident that obviously, the owner is very upset about. Some are preventable, some aren’t, but most of us do the best that we can. Margaret, I’m sure nothing bad has ever happened to you because you’re clearly perfect and above everyone else, but nonetheless, a little compassion would be nice.

      • Actually, anonymous, I am right a lot of the time. I’m tired of pet owners who do not take a modicum of responsibility when situations arise that are, in part, a result of their own negligence.

        Was that other dog owner a dick? Yes. Could the situation have been prevented if the chihuahua’s owner had him leashed and not running loose in the yard? Yes.

    • My boston is actually very well behaved and we sit on the porch often with her unleashed. If 100 people walk by, I may have to tell her once not to run down there, but she does not bark. I will be sure to never have her out there unleashed again after reading this. So sad. At the very least hopefully its a lesson learned for all of us dog owners.

  • How can there be this much press and blogosphere attention yet no one has identified this man. Was this his first time ever walking his dog in this neighborhood? Are there no local security cameras in the vicinity of the crime? I smell a coverup…

  • Please calle Muriel, she can help.

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