07/23/14 11:20am

“Dear PoPville,

I have an issue with a dangerous dog in Capitol Hill (at least 2 documented attacks on a toddler and my dog, both required medical care) and Animal Control is failing to label the dog dangerous.

My dogs and I were walking out of my building and the other owner’s dogs were down the block, and when they saw us, the dogs lunged (dragging the owner behind them) and launched themselves at my dogs as we were backing away as fast as we could. Luckily several runners came down the block and helped us pull the dogs apart but not before one of my dogs sustained a deep puncture wound. The dog that bit him was an Old English Sheepdog, and the owner’s second dog that also attacked but didn’t break the skin is a brown Standard Poodle, and they live near 6th and Independence SE.

I posted to our Cap Hill listserv seeking the owner and she responded, admitted fault, reimbursed me for my vet bill, and swore that she never walked her two dogs together because she admitted that she does not have the strength to control both of them at the same time since they’re both aggressive and large. She said that when the attack happened on my dogs, it was the only time she walked them together and that she would never do so again. I believed her at the time.

I then heard from a mom on our listserv that these same dogs had attacked and bitten her 5 year old child (requiring a hospital visit!) prior to the attack on my dogs. Also an unprovoked attack, they were just walking by, and it was also the Old English Sheepdog that caused the wound. The mom urged me to report my attack and I did. Investigator Daniels of Animal Control came to see my dogs and he mentioned that there were several attacks on record for this specific owner and that he would have a stern talking to with the owner. I assumed Animal Control would take the necessary steps at that point. This was all back in December.

Then months later in April, I started seeing the owner walking both dogs by herself, un-muzzled, all the time, knowingly putting others in danger. So I reached out to Animal Control again to report this and to my shock, discovered that her dogs are not officially designated as “Dangerous” or even “Potentially Dangerous” under D.C. statute. And despite what Investigator Daniels told me when he visited my home, that the owner had several dog attack citations against her, he then wrote in an email to me that he believed, “There’s no indication that the dogs pose an ongoing threat to public safety.” Seriously? What about the many previous attacks, at least two of which required medical care?

Since April, I have emailed Animal Control, the Department of Health (Shakira Richardson as well as the main email address), and Tommy Wells’ office about this and have been completely ignored.

I emailed again this morning after we came out of our building to find the owner walking her two dogs on my block (exactly where our attack happened back in the winter). I reacted much quicker this time, and we were already out of reach by the time they saw us, although her dogs immediately started barking aggressively. I also started Googling again and that’s when I found the past PoPville posts about Animal Control acting in cases similar to mine so I’m sort of wondering what gives with the complete inaction in this case?

Attaching a picture from my dog’s wound (after the jump) in December so you can see that this isn’t just a scratch we’re talking about – he had severe bruising and a deep puncture wound. I don’t know how bad the little girl was bitten, but her mom did tell me she had to go to the hospital so it wasn’t nothing either. So I’m wondering if you could post this to 1. warn people in the Capitol Hill neighborhood and 2. to see if anyone has suggestions for getting Animal Control to take action here. Thank you so much.” (more…)

07/18/14 4:30pm

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From a press release:

“Wylie Wagg is bringing its popular organic pet products to a new Woodley Park location that will be its first Washington, D.C. store, according to George Galloway, managing principal of Next Realty Mid-Atlantic, LLC, the store’s exclusive broker. Wylie Wagg will occupy a 2,900-square-foot building at 2625 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.

“Wylie Wagg offers what its pet-loving customers want: the peace of mind that comes from knowing they’re buying safe, natural products for their four-legged family members,” said Galloway, who says the store is akin to a Whole Foods for pets. As with Wylie Wagg’s four other locations in Arlington, Fairfax, Tysons Corner and Middleburg, the new store will offer a large selection of all-natural and organic canned, dry and raw pet food, as well as supplies such as beds, collars, leashes, harnesses, toys, treats, clean-up aids, bowls and gifts.

“Woodley Park is such a pet-friendly area, and Wylie Wagg is an outstanding fit for the neighborhood,” said Andrew Rose, Next Realty’s senior director. “We’re actively scouting other sites in D.C. and Northern Virginia for this wonderful company,” he added.

Founded in 2002 by Laura and Larry Clark, Wylie Wagg is committed to running stores that help the people and pets in the communities that they serve. Among other things, Wylie Wagg believes in promoting the health and wellbeing of animals and only sells products that they believe will enhance the life of a pet. Each location is pet-friendly, welcoming those well behaved family members into their bright, attractively built out stores.”

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07/14/14 8:57pm

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“Any of you who live in the Chevy Chase/Tenley area please, please be on the lookout for our dog. His name is Frank and he is approximately 8 years old. He is a terrier mix and is very affectionate. He also has incredible wanderlust. He is wearing a red Puppia harness and his tags still have my South Dakota address. He got loose from 45th and Western at approximately 6:00pm.

I know this is a long, long reach but you never know. He was a little stray that we found in a storm seven years ago and we miss him already. He does have tags and he is microchipped.”

Update: Found!

07/13/14 2:22pm

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A reader writes:

“We found a dog this afternoon walking around the 16th street heights area. He was found right across the street from carter baron. We will be dropping him off at the humane society on New York Avenue. He is not neutered and has a long furry tail. He looks like he just got a hair cut but you can tell it’s curly. He probably weighs about 25 pounds.”

07/11/14 1:45pm

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“Rosie is an indoor cat (no collar/ no street sense) and managed to get out of our kitchen and into the back alley of our rowhome on 12th Place (and U Street, NW) late last night. She’s shy so i’m pretty certain that she is hiding and scared in someones backyard right now.

If anyone manages to find her can call me at 443-474-4369″

UPDATE
Found!

07/08/14 9:05am

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“Dear PoPville,

Saturday night July 5th my dog Reese ran away from my house in 16th street Heights while my neighbors continued celebrating with fireworks. She is brown, 12 lbs and 6 years old. I live at ingraham st NW and Georgia ave. she was last seen running west on Jefferson from Georgia ave. Reese needs daily medicine and I will pay a cash reward, thanks Larry 623-363-0044.”

Ed. Note: Though there is a similar appearance, unfortunately, this is not the same dog found yesterday.

07/07/14 9:50am

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“Dear PoPville,

a neighbor and myself found a dog walking around the neighborhood at 13th and Euclid this morning. No one around seemed to know the dog and no owner was in site. We hung around for a few minutes but since he was walking in the street during rush hour with no regard to his own safety, we thought best to try and find an owner. Dog had no tags, just a black collar. Was brought to City Paws on 14th St and no microchip was found. He’ll be boarded there, they close at 7pm tonight. Wish, I knew the breed, but hopefully pictures are enough.”

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