Dog Owner Wants PetSmart To Implement Policy Of Muzzles On Large Dogs After Dog Attacked

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Jen Mota wants PetSmart to review and change their policy of permitting large, un-muzzled dogs into their stores. Her one-year-old Yorkshire terrier, Ty, was attacked by a husky in a PetSmart in Canada and later died from his injuries.

But a spokesperson for PetSmart said they will not review their store policy and things will stay the same.

Tracey Conrad of PetSmart’s corporate office said, “Our policy is all dogs must be leashed and all leashed animals are welcome. We ask that if you know your dog is aggressive that you don’t bring it in the store.”

Mota brought Ty into a PetSmart store to pick out a new toy. Normally, Mota carries the three-pound terrier in her arms, but in the store, she felt comfortable putting him down and walking him on his leash.

When Mota and Ty were waiting in line, one of the two huskies that they saw earlier in the store suddenly became interested in Ty.

Mota said, “It just lunged and had him in its mouth. It didn’t sniff him or growl. It just picked him up and shook him.”

All the three dogs became tangled together, and Mota said she couldn’t get to Ty. Before she knew it, there was blood all over, and the husky dropped a motionless Ty onto the floor.

The PetSmart manager rushed over and took him to the adjoining veterinary hospital. Still uncertain of what happened, Mota thought Ty would just have to have stitches, but the force of the husky’s jaw broke Ty’s back and he died from the injuries.

The owner of the huskies was gone by the time the police arrived on the scene. The owner did leave his contact information at the store, and the police was not able to provide any information about the owner of the huskies.

Mota has been extremely distraught over Ty’s death and said he was just like family and he would go everywhere she went.

PetSmart did pay for the medical bills and for Ty’s cremation. The manager said he has made sure that employees have been reminded of how to handle aggressive dogs.

Mota said she just wants answers and for someone to be held accountable. She said she still has not heard from the owner of the huskies.

The police are still investigating the incident and so far, no charges have been made against the owner.

Source: The Record

(Thanks menusux)

46 Responses to “Dog Owner Wants PetSmart To Implement Policy Of Muzzles On Large Dogs After Dog Attacked”

  1. Robert Davis says:

    This is a very unfortunate incident but I have to agree with Petsmart - it is the responsibility of the owners of aggressive dogs (regardless of size) to ensure they do not bring them into the store.

    I go to Petsmart on occasion and I’ve seen many large dogs and none have been aggressive. Requiring a muzzle is a punishment to those dogs that, in the majority, are not aggressive and well-behaved.

    Too many times we try to make laws or new rules because of individual incidents instead of holding individuals responsible for their choices and the actions of the dogs. Let us start with personal responsibility first.

    I have a little weenie dog that I wish I could understand what he mentally says to my larger dogs because sometimes they just want to eat him. Maybe there is some little dog taunting that goes on - just like kids who taunt each other. Not saying this happened in this case as it sounds like the dog was just waiting in line. And the person who had their husky should have kept that dog close to them and not allowed that dog to get near the other dog.

    It is a very, very sad event and my thoughts and prayers are with this lady who lost her friend and family member. However, I must very politely disagree with her request of Petsmart to require muzzles. However, I would agree that a sign about “aggressive” dogs (w/out regard to size or breed) must be muzzled or kept out of the store….Owners will be held responsible for any damage to persons, property or other animals. That might be a better place to start and still have the same impact Mota is looking for. If we could only get muzzle signs for people in the mall!

    Kind Regards,

    Robert Davis

  2. JB says:

    How horrible for this woman! My heart breaks for her.
    However, I am going to have to agree with Robert’s comments above. It is the responsibility of the individual owner and Petsmart shouldn’t have to pigeon-hole all large dogs.

  3. Nora and Rufus says:

    What a horrrible experience for poor little Ty, to die that way, and his owner. Now, I imagine the Huskie’s owner is also very scared that his dog will be possibly put down for being vicious. Some people just don’t realize the prey drive of their own dogs. A very sad situation for all.

  4. Nora and Rufus says:

    What a horrible experience for poor little Ty, to die that way, and his owner. Now, I imagine the Huskie’s owner is also very scared that his dog will be possibly put down for being vicious. Some people just don’t realize the prey drive of their own dogs. A very sad situation for all.

  5. M says:

    I’m sorry this woman had to go thru this and lose her beloved pet.

    I’m even sorrier that now she has a chip on her shoulder about how dangerous “all large dogs” are.

  6. Marilyn says:

    I, too, agree with Robert. Well said. As a dog obedience instructor I make a point of teaching my students about canine courtesies when they take their dogs out in public and are in close proximity to other dogs and people. Things like keeping them on command, at their side in heel position, on sit/stay while waiting in line and such.

    Also, considering all the food and treat smells, all the toys, etc. I have always thought of Pet Smart as a place where many dogs could become over stimulated which could lead to dog to dog issues if owners are not especially careful.

    While I think it is very nice that Pet Smart allows people to bring their dogs into the stores, I do not bring my own dogs in with me. I’ve seen too many people bring dogs in that are dragging them along at the end of a six-foot leash. Is the dog friendly? Probably. But is it under control? Definitely not. I prefer to avoid possible problems.

  7. NH says:

    RIP poor little pup.

  8. Nancy G. says:

    I have a small dog, as well as a large one, and I’d never let my small one in the vicinity of large dogs we don’t know and who don’t know us. She would be in my arms. So very sad for the owner and the poor Yorkie, but dogs are dogs and you can’t assume anything about dogs you know nothing about. One snap of those jaws, and that’s it. The Huskie owner probably gave a bogus number…

  9. Hazel Chambers says:

    This is a horrible tragedy and God bless the both Ty and his guardian.

    One lesson that must be learned here….never allow your dog to be close to another dog in this sort of situation where no one is really watching…particularly when one is very tiny.

  10. Linda's Cats says:

    Were it me, i’d change my store’s policy instantly.

    a muzzle may feel “mean” to a well trained dog; and good owners do not need them - this is stated elequently by Robert.

    What he doesn’t state is that the VAST MAJORITY of dogs are NOT well trained. they are “socially trained to mostly behave, and they love mom and most people”. That doesn’t protect my small dog, my cat who is comming into the vet, or a baby who sticks his or her hand out of the shopping cart - not understanding doggy might not be nice.

    When you are in such social settings, and when, as the dog trainer here reminded us — there are so many stimulations that feed the dog’s natural tendancies — why risk it? Muzzle the dog for the whole 10 minutes mom has him in teh store, and everyone else is safe.

    i do wish more owners knew this, but sadly, most owners are like my brother and I were when we had our German Shephard. WE loved our dog, fed it, took it for walks, but had no idea how to really *train* it, or that all large dogs need some basic training.

    what a sad story.

  11. Mary says:

    This is tragic, but not surprising. Many people coming into these stores do not have control of their pets; owners who obviously do not realize the danger of having these unknown animals within reach of each other. It’s a wonder the lady wasn’t hurt trying to free her dog, or that an employee wasn’t hurt trying to break it up. It should also serve as a reminder to people who take young chlidren into an establishment with strange dogs; a tragedy can happen in an instant.

  12. Amanda, LVT says:

    This is indeed a sad story. But what is the definition of a large dog? Over 30 pounds? 60 pounds? 100? If we’re going to muzzle “large” dogs it’s only fair to muzzle ALL dogs.

    When you take your dog into any public place you assume a certain level of responsibility. Unfortunately both dog owners involved in this incident learned the hard way. Hopefully this story will teach other pet owners to be more conscientious.

    I personally don’t take my dogs into pet stores because of possible situations just like this. I don’t trust dogs I don’t know well and I trust their owner’s handling ability even less.

    I wonder if either owner had their dog on a retractable leash. I hate those things.

  13. shibadiva says:

    As sad as this situation is, I agree with Robert. A blanket rule about “big dogs” doesn’t address the issue.

    “While the Yorkie, weighing only three pounds, usually travelled in Mota’s arms, the pet store was one place she felt comfortable letting the leashed dog walk on his own.” Why would a pet store with other animals roaming around be a safer place than anywhere else?

    I would imagine that the huskies’ owner may think twice about taking his dogs into a pet store, especially after reading the speculation in the newspaper that his dog might be put down. It might be hard for an animal with strong prey drive to distinguish between the fluffy toys on the racks, and the fluffy little dog behind it at the checkout.

    A corgi, exempt from muzzling, could easily have done the same damage.

    What a perfect storm.

  14. mikken says:

    The teeny dogs need special attention when out and about. Suppose that someone in line moved unexpectedly and stepped on the poor little guy? That could kill just as quickly.

    I feel very badly for this woman’s loss, but if she’d had a rabbit on a lease and a dog grabbed it, people would say, “Oh, well, rabbits shouldn’t be considered safe around strange dogs.” But to some dogs, those teeny dogs look like prey animals, and they’ll react the same way as if it were a rabbit or whatever.

    The size differential is just too great - and the risk is all on these very small dogs (even an accidental kick from someone walking by not seeing them could do them in), so teeny owners must take extra precautions when they are out and about, just as rat owners do and rabbit owners do and ferret owners do.

    And the question, “What’s a big dog?” is a valid one. A 30lb terrier is not a big dog in my book, but could still easily kill a Yorkie or other very small dog very quickly. The onus of protection must be on the owner, no matter the size of the dog.

  15. furmom says:

    This is a terrible tragedy for the small dog and his owner, and obviously very distressing for the large dog’s owner as well. but muzzling all large dogs because a few are vicious with small dogs, makes as much sense as debarking all small dogs because they often bark annoyingly at big dogs. I’ve also frequently seen little terriers glare at large dogs, with no sense whatsoever of the danger involved, should we put blinkers on all of them ? Not to say this small dog did anything like that, but really all owners have to be aware of just how their “little angels” are behaving around any strange dog. The point of a leash is to keep dogs apart and under control. Many dogs large or small are capable of triggering an incident given the right circumstances.

  16. Jane Holtved says:

    My St John Ambulance Therapy dog Angel had an encounter with only one dog who made her nervous.Yes a YORKSHIRE terrier.
    The SMALL dog came at her and ran under her feet as though to attack.Being a trained dog LEAVE IT, was all she heard.Would she have been considered a dangerous dog if to protect herself had she had snipped at this SQUEAKY little thing.
    I am a responsible owner of both small and large breeds and BOTH my dogs have been trained.I would never subject my dogs to an enviroment where anyone can assume it is safe.
    Muzzle one size muzzle all.
    Small breeds can challenge as well as a large breed.
    Proud owner of Rotties and Spaniels.
    Jane H

  17. Pam says:

    I’m sorry for this woman’s loss as well as for what her dog went through.

    However, I’m curious as to what kind of leash her dog was on. All too often I’ve seen little dogs on completely extended retractable leashes. They are not under the owner’s control. I have 4 large dogs, including a husky. We’ve given up on taking them into pet stores since the small dog owners we’ve encountered let their little ones run to the ends of their leashes in an effort to get at our pets. Many people think it’s cute to see the little ones barking at the big ones until something like this happens. Then it becomes the fault of the big dog owner?

    If Miss Mota wants somebody to held accountable for this tragedy she needs to look in the mirror first. The story says they had already encountered the huskies earlier.

  18. The Lioness says:

    I, too, agree with Robert’s comments. It should be the responsibility of pet owners to know their animals.

    I’m heartened to hear that PetSmart at least paid the medical bills. I don’t feel they had to do it, but it was a nice thing to do.

    I’m very, very sorry for this woman’s loss. I’d be devastated, too.

    ~The Lioness

  19. shibadiva says:

    The Kitchener Record mentioned that PetSmart also sent flowers and a card to Ms. Mota. And calmer minds prevailed re: the husky.

    “The owner of a six-year-old husky that killed a small dog in the checkout line at a pet store will not face charges.

    Waterloo regional police said yesterday they are satisfied the husky does not pose a threat to the public and was leashed and under the control of the owner at the time of the incident last Friday.

    “The investigators have reviewed the matter and reviewed the Dog Owner’s Liability Act and have determined no charges will be laid,” police spokesperson Olaf Heinzel said.”

  20. Stefani says:

    I am usually quick to jump on PetSmart. But this could have happened at a dog park.

    The waterloo police are wrong. The OWNER should be paying for this, and should be ordered to muzzle their does while in public. The comment that the dog was “under the control” of the owner is ridiculous. IF the owner was in control, did he ORDER the huskies to attack the Yorkie? If not, he wasn’t in control.

    I don’t think the owner of the Yorkie is to blame.

    Stefani

  21. Katie says:

    RIP Ty.

    I feel sorry for this woman and her dog. I own a large Golden Retriever (very docile), however I don’t take her into Petsmart (used to go there to buy commercial food - no more) because I have seen to many owners of both small and large dogs who have no control of their pets. They don’t watch them, they don’t have social skills, they are not familiar with canine body language and to many think it is a great place to introduce their dogs to another dog! I really hate hearing, “your dog is so nice, could I bring him over to see your dog” meanwhile it’s pulling it’s owner, jumping all over the place and is it really friendly? Nope I don’t want to deal with those people, so I avoid them. And, my dog shouldn’t be subjected to them.

    Dog leashes got tangled…. that in itself is a big problem…
    The small dog gets carried everywhere, except in the Petsmart..what was it’s body language in re: to the big dogs. The owner of the huskies should have been able to give a “leave it” command.

    Lastly, I agree with Petsmart - why should all large dogs be penalized for the actions of two not so smart dog owners. If I took my golden into Petsmart, and was told she would need a muzzle - I’d be upset and never shop there again.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a law that would require all pet owners to take obedience classes in order to own a pet.

    Re: small dogs, I have seen some really agressive and nasty small dogs. Seen some bad bites from small dogs. So it is not only large dogs.

    Katie

  22. jada says:

    There has to be a law regarding aggressive dogs and THEY SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED IN PUBLIC.
    Insurance companies won’t insure people with certain breeds of dogs and I totally agree.
    They are some laws going into affect regarding aggressive breeds and many people are for it. Looks like it will be passed.

  23. Pam says:

    I have to agree with Robert. Since the owner of the Husky left contact information, I think it’s up to Mota to contact them. I have both large and small dogs and I don’t think she’s being realistic regarding muzzling. And did her attention drift for a moment and she wasn’t paying attention to the body language of the larger dogs? Maybe she should have picked her little dog up, I probably would just to be safe.

  24. shibadiva says:

    I’m also kind of surprised that the huskies’ owner didn’t step forward and offer to pay the vet bills etc. I also don’t understand why, even if he left contact information, he didn’t stay until the police arrived.

    I do know, though, that these things can happen in the blink of an eye, and a back can be broken before anyone has time to intervene.

  25. mikken says:

    This doesn’t sound like dog/dog aggression to me. It sounds more like prey drive, which has nothing to do with aggression.

    As I said, not all dogs will recognize a toy breed as a dog. They will see it as a prey animal and react accordingly. Which is another reason for toy owners to be aware of their surroundings. Hawks and owls will see a toy breed as a prey animal too…

  26. Cate says:

    My heart breaks for Ty’s owner. I can’t imagine the anguish she is going through however, she has to take responsibility for her part in this terrible tragedy.

    I had a Yorkie and whenever I would bring him into a public place like Petsmart I carried him. Small dogs are too easily stepped on.

    I feel very badly for Ty’s owner however, just like with a baby you need to protect your animals. That goes for the owner of the Husky as well. The owner was not being responsible having his dogs so close to such a small dog that could elicit his prey drive.

  27. Taylor says:

    I never take my pets with me into the store for this very reason. You do not know what kind of animal trained or untrained you will encounter. Feel real bad that little Ty lost it’s life. Feel real bad that the husky owner didn’t take responsibility. Better yet, I think it’s a stupid marketing ploy to allow any pets in the store in the first place. Asking for trouble..

  28. Nell Liquorman says:

    What a sad story. Even if a large dog were wearing a muzzle, his weight on a tiny dog could still break a small dog’s back. With so many things in the store to divert the attention of both the owners and the dogs, I am surprised that more problems don’t occur. A lack of problems probably indicates that most owners, who bring their dogs with them to shop, are responsible.

    The owners of the larger dogs would have been wise to leave their names and phone numbers just to show that they care.

    Once while in the Petsmart, standing in line with my arms full, a large dog jumped up on me. The first thing out of the owner’s mouth was “he never does that!. Of course he does. The owner just did not expect it to happen at that particular time. And, sometimes even the best behaved pets and peoples slip up.

  29. kaefamily says:

    I am another poster who is in total agreement with Robert. I also concur that it’s the pet’s owner’s sole responsibility to ascertain that their pets are under control at all times while in public places. Yes, irresponsible people should be forbidden by laws to own pets and have children!
    We own both a 12lbs 7 year old terrier mutt and a 24 lbs 2 year old Border Collier/English Spaniel mutt. Between them, they both have settled that the former is the alpha (I am the ALPHA :-) Still, our little terrier mutt at one time looked like a pet toy/prey to a neighbor’s supposedly very sweet Boxer. I ended up with a bloody cut across my jaw in a struggle to prevent a potential bloody mess of a ‘mistaken identity’.

  30. BeckyH says:

    I also agree with Robert.

    I remember one time when I took my very large Rottweiler into a pet health food type store and a group of four Chihuahua’s ran up to her. Two of them bit her on her ankles. No barking or growling, just bit. My girl just stood there looking at them.

    My current Rottie helps me with the tiny orhaned kittens I foster.

  31. Charlie says:

    Robert very well put! I am in total agreement. It is the owners responsibility to know their dog and be responsible for their dog. Why punish all dogs and owners because of this.

  32. shibadiva says:

    Mikken, that’s exactly it. Prey drive.

    With cats already in the house, having a husky was not an option (I’m generalizing here, because I’m sure that there are plenty of households with huskies and small dogs or cats). It just wasn’t a chance I wanted to take. As it is, the shiba inu’s have plenty of prey drive, but they just annoy the cats, who let them know in no uncertain terms!

    The movie that’s been playing in my mind over and over as I read this story is the day I had both my shibas out for a walk on a tandem leash. We came up to an off-leash corgi whose mom explained that the corgi was nervous on-leash so he was allowed to walk off-leash. So he is a fear-biter when it comes to other animals. My little guy did a play bow and, in a second, the corgi had his head in his mouth and could have taken out an eye.

    While I was screaming and prying the corgi off my dog, the corgi’s owner had no clue that there was an emergency.

    If my dog had been a Yorkie, it would have been game over in an instant.

    I meet this woman in my neighbourhood all the time and now, fortunately, she has her dog on leash. He’s a real sweetheart with people and he lights up whenever I call his name. But I would have kicked the stuffing out of him that day if I’d had to.

    I have to wonder what goes on in the minds of clueless owners whose dogs attack. I really have to wonder why the owner of the huskies left before everything was settled.

    If one of mine had done something like that, I would have set any other priorities aside.

    But we don’t hang out at Petsmart. I don’t see the point.

  33. Cathy says:

    I am sorry for your loss, but I think Pet Smart acted resposibly. They could of fought on paying the bills as it was the husky’s owners resposibility to pay for all that.

    I can’t believe they just walked out!!! The Pet Smart we go to (we bring our German Shepherds there every month for people to see and adopt) have our names in the computers when you purchase anything.

    I hope you pursue this and find these people, because even if it was a prey drive, they fled the scene and if you continue to bug the police they will help you. Good Luck!!!

  34. Cathy says:

    responsibly

  35. mittens says:

    i find dog owners fascinating in their ability to deny responsibility because they view their dogs as natural wolves acting according to pure unavoidable instinct and also the rather hit or miss manner in which they sometimes find the deepest satisfaction and ‘ rightness’ in blaming the victim because of ‘ nature’ and other times disregard this notion completely.

    i have found in public and because of incidents such as this that most owners of dogs both ‘ large ‘ and ‘ small’( better phrased i suppose as toy breed dogs vs. others) are the major problem with dog behaviour. who hasn’t found their leg the unexpected love interest of a snappy hyper nippy toy dog off the leash and trotting about? i was in petsmart a few weeks ago and a yorkie was following me around the store- no leash and more importantly no owner visible. i could have easily scooped him up and been gone- hell, he probably would have followed me out of the store, let alone been easily hurt by a husky in that split second that the such things happen. my first thought was no way would i let my dog out of my sight in such a public place. the threat potential from more aggressive dogs of any size or from humans has to be a consideration. would you leave your 2 year old on the floor in some random aisle of the grocery while you run off elsewhere?

    although you can get a nasty gash from a toy poodle ,let’s be real here-a large dog can inflict greater harm particularly those with jaws genetically designed to lock on prey. huskies, even well trained ones, are not particularly known for their ability to be around cats and small mammals. the same can be said for dogs as diverse as greyhounds who are the gentle sweet creatures but sight hounds bred and prone to see something small and furry as prey. because people usually suck at training their dogs of any size , i feel it’s a fool who doesn’t use caution around an unknown entity that’s size generally equals greater potential for inflicting harm. i have a greater chance of kicking a yorkie’s ass unarmed then a dog that’s nearly my weight and has it’s larger locking jaw clamped around my arm. nearly everyone with a big boy largely untrained dog always cries that their dog is ‘ gentle’ and ‘ nonaggressive’. but a dog isnt by definition aggressive when it lashes out at what is sees as prey or threat. most owner’s judgement of their pet simply cannot be depended upon mostly because they themselves don’t know until an attack occurs that they have not adequately trained and cannot control their dog. the huskie owner is entirely responsible for this incident. by paying for the dead dog’s bills, the store has opened itself for litigation-in legal terms they accepted responsibility by paying therefore their own store policies can be brought into question.

    you’re all in some fanciful dreamland if you think people will willfully ‘ leave their aggressive dogs home’ and not bring them in the store. oh yes right and the moon is composed of cream cheese and ted bundy’s mum says he’s ‘ such a nice boy who wouldn’t hurt a fly or yorkie’. as was stated previously , most people think their dog ‘parenting’ is done when they don’t need the wee wee pads anymore and the dog stays off the sofa( when you’re there!).if you’re going to bring your dog into public you need to take into consideration that only good training grounded in an understanding of your breed’s known behaviors can counter or at the least reduce the severity of such an incident that could easily be focused on an unpredictable aggressive child. if you can’t control your dog when it’s more harmful instincts kick in you can’t bring it to the dog park let alone into a store.

  36. Sharon says:

    Dogs don’t belong in stores period, unless they are a seeing eye dog. The same with restaurants and any other public place where they might be a nuisance, cause damage, or be a health concern. Dog owners need to get over themselves and leave their pets at home the way cat owners have to.

    The fact that the owners of the dogs that attacked the little one left the scene of the crime and didn’t even leave contact information pegs them as irresponsible and criminal in my book.

    I feel so sorry for the puppy who lost it’s life because of the ignorance of people.

  37. shibadiva says:

    Sharon, the guy did leave contact information.

  38. Denise says:

    I have a shihtzu and had a husky collie mix before. I will never let my dog down now. I shop at a very small pet store and still won’t. I don’t buy the food they sell in the big box stores (most made by Menu foods) so no need to go in there. I won’t let my dog down after this never. if I had a big dog now no matter how well behaved I would keep a tight rein on the leash and make sure to keep it away from small dogs.

  39. Buddy & Belle's Dad says:

    Good commentary by Robert. It is not the size of the dog, but it’s general attitude and level of behavior around others (whether human or canine). I was just in Petsmart with my female Golden Retriever (roughly 65 lbs.) and a little white dog weighing (I guess) about ten pounds runs up and starts yipping and snapping at her. Belle pulled back away from the other dog and I took her a short distance away and the other dog’s owner comes towards us and says “Oh, she wants to play with the big dog.” No, the big dog did not want to get yapped at and possibly bitten by her little dog. So, I say size has nothing whatsoever to do with it. It is the temperment of the dog that matters and the owners should be aware enough to realize what sort of pet they have. My condolences on the loss of a pet, but please do not blame all large dogs as being bad or posing a potential problem.

  40. Don Earl says:

    RE: “Dogs don’t belong in stores period, unless they are a seeing eye dog.”

    Thank you.

    Some 40 comments and only one person was able to figure this out.

    I can’t imagine shopping in a store where the policy is the safety of those who shop there is left totally up to the judgement of any clown that walks in off the street.

    Good grief! And other expressions used to denote awe at unusual levels of human stupidity.

  41. Jenn says:

    I agree with mitten that a lot of people seem to be deluded about the dangers of dogs and the fact that both small dog owners and large dog owners need to take more responsibility.

  42. John says:

    I have had food thrown on me by children, had items placed in my shopping cart by children, been run over by shopping carts being played with by children, been run over by shopping carts while people are talking on the cell phone, etc. etc. Look, pets should be allowed in any business establishment (stores, restaurants, hotels, etc.) but ALL irresponsible people (including children and people on cellphones) and pets (barking, biting, etc.) should be immediately removed from the business establishment. STOP THE DISCRIMINATION AGAINST RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERS.

  43. Don Earl says:

    RE: “pets should be allowed in any business establishment”

    Yeah, right. Be sure to bring your scoop and pail to the restaurant or grocery store.

    And what about people with common alergies to animal hair? You figure they should just go along with being exposed to a store full of people walking their pets whenever they go shopping?

    Your comment is not that of a responsible person.

  44. Marcus says:

    All big dogs should be muzzled in small tight places. I’m sorry, anyone with a small dog should have the right to feel protected, any small dog that is misbehaved should be banned from the store as well.

    Whether you like it or not, having a large dog without a muzzle is like a having a gun without a safety lock.

    Get real everyone. If it was your dog that attacked that small poor little dog, you’d wish you had a muzzle on.

  45. Marcus says:

    All big dogs should be muzzled in small tight places. I’m sorry, anyone with a small dog should have the right to feel protected, any small dog that is misbehaved should be banned from the store as well.

    Whether you like it or not, having a large dog without a muzzle is like a having a gun without a safety lock.

    Get real everyone. If it was your dog that attacked that small poor little dog, you’d wish you had a muzzle on.

  46. mom42 says:

    I’ve read all of your comments re this and I have to say in all honesty both dog owners have some responsibility here. The owner of the husky should have been keeping a better eye on his dogs and the owner of the yorkie should not have let him out of her arms near two dogs who “showed interest” in him before as the story said. It is very sad for both dogs that this happened and my sympathies are with the owner of the yorkie for her loss.

    I’m surprised the police or humane society didn’t look more closely at the husky and his/her owner… I know huskies have a really big prey drive but it just makes me wonder if that dog has done something like this in the past.


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