Pit bull attacks frail, arthritic elderly dog on Osoyoos Main Street

By on June 4, 2014
Rick Deis sits with PoopyBear, a 16-year-old dog that is frail, arthritic and partially deaf. PoopyBear was savagely attacked by a vicious pit bull and required staples to close her deep puncture wounds. The pit bull’s owner blamed PoopyBear. (Richard McGuire photo)

Rick Deis sits with PoopyBear, a 16-year-old dog that is frail, arthritic and partially deaf. PoopyBear was savagely attacked by a vicious pit bull and required staples to close her deep puncture wounds. The pit bull’s owner blamed PoopyBear. (Richard McGuire photo)

A dog believed to be a pit bull viciously attacked a frail 16-year-old partially deaf dog with arthritis Friday evening on Main Street leaving deep wounds on the old dog’s neck.

Rick Deis, owner of the old, small mixed-breed dog named PoopyBear, said the pit bull lunged from behind taking his dog’s neck into its mouth.

“Without warning, their dog lunged past me and jumped on PoopyBear’s back, grabbed her by the neck and started to shake her.” said Deis. “I leapt on it, grabbing it by the neck and pulled it off Poopy and slammed it to the ground and held it there.”

Deis said he got scrapes on his knuckles trying to pry the pit bull’s jaws off his dog’s neck.

The pit bull, he said, was on a leash, but the leash was lying on the ground and the dog wasn’t under control.

The pit bull’s owner, he said, initially took blame herself, but denied it was her dog’s fault.

Deis said the young woman refused to provide her name when he suggested she should pay veterinary bills and she later tried to blame PoopyBear for the attack.

“After the fact when I told her that I was going to report her, she said, ‘We’ll just say that your dog instigated it,’” Deis said.

The attack occurred at the corner of Main Street and Spartan Drive when the pit bull’s owner was talking to some other people.

Deis carried PoopyBear to where he had parked near the Home Building Centre and then drove to the RCMP detachment where he reported the incident to Cst. Jody Rausch.

Cpl. Jason Bayda said RCMP investigated but decided not to lay charges because it couldn’t be determined which person’s version was correct.

“As is usually the case, there were two different versions,” Bayda said in an emailed reply. “One being that the complainant’s dog was simply attacked by the pit bull. The other, from the pit bull owner, was that the little dog came up to her dog when she was not looking. Her dog started to fight with the little dog as it is very protective of her. The pit bull was on a leash at all times.”

Bayda said the owner of the pit bull was warned that a future occurrence could result in further action.

Deis said Cst. Rausch didn’t give him the full name of the pit bull owner, but said she does live in Osoyoos.

He has also spoken with bylaw officer Pat Marshall who told him the owner will be ticketed and will be asked to pay his veterinary bills, but that he would have to take her to civil court if she refuses, Deis said.

At first he didn’t realize the seriousness of the wounds because they couldn’t be seen because of his dog’s fur, he said.

When he got PoopyBear home and shaved the injured area, he found there were three puncture wounds that were small, but very deep.

He was unable to bring PoopyBear to her regular veterinarian, but another vet used large staples to close the wounds.

Deis denies that PoopyBear was the instigator.

“Oh heaven forbid,” he said. “Especially not from behind. She didn’t know what hit her the poor thing.”

Deis said he tried to avoid the pit bull, but the people with the dog followed him instead of crossing the street as he was expecting them to do.

The Osoyoos Times was not able to identify and speak with the owner of the pit bull before going to press.

Various studies conducted since 1979 have found pit bulls to be involved in close to half the dog attacks on children and nearly half of fatal attacks on humans. Many jurisdictions, including Ontario and the United Kingdom, ban or restrict pit bulls as dangerous dogs, but in B.C. they are legal.

In August another pit bull killed a dog in Osoyoos after escaping from a cage in a locked Town of Osoyoos pound in the industrial park.

RICHARD McGUIRE

Osoyoos Times

This photo taken shortly after 16-year-old PoopyBear was attacked by a vicious pit bull on Main Street shows one of the puncture wounds on her neck. This wound required staples to close it. PoopyBear’s owner Rick Deis faces mounting vet bills, but the pit bull’s owner refused to give him her name and blamed PoopyBear for the attack. (Photo supplied)

This photo taken shortly after 16-year-old PoopyBear was attacked by a vicious pit bull on Main Street shows one of the puncture wounds on her neck. This wound required staples to close it. PoopyBear’s owner Rick Deis faces mounting vet bills, but the pit bull’s owner refused to give him her name and blamed PoopyBear for the attack. (Photo supplied)

 

 

One Comment

  1. Rick Deis

    June 3, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Just to clarify what happened on Friday night as sometimes reporters get things a bit wrong.

    On Friday night I took 16 year old PoopyBear on her regular after dinner walk down Main Street. I’ve been doing this since moving here in 1999 without incident. We were heading east towards the corner of Main & Spartan when I noticed three young people talking to Chris & Elvis in front of his jewelry store. There was also a pit bull looking dog with them but none of the individuals had a hold of the leash that was hooked to the dog’s collar. I decided to keep my distance thinking that someone in the group would take control of the dog shortly. So I hung back and allowed PoopyBear to check out the tree in front of Shoe Biz. I watched PoopyBear explore a bit and as I turned back around I noticed the 3 young people walking in my direction and Without warning their dog lunged past me and jumped on PoopyBear’s back,grabbed her by the neck and started to shake her. I leapt on it grabbing it by the neck and pulled it off Poopy and slammed it to the ground and held it there. The owner of the dog apologized but refused to give me her name when I told her that if Poopy was injured she would be held responsible for the cost. I lost my temper with the girl and told her that her dog should be put down. She said it wasn’t the dog’s fault and it was her best friend and also said that my dog wasn’t hurt. I disagreed with her then and disagree with her now; they both were at fault. A bad combination at best having a irresponsible dog owner caring for a potentially (and now proven) vicious dog.
    Also I didn’t carry PoopyBear to the car, she walked “on leash” behind me and the three people and pitbull didn’t follow me they simply walked in my direction instead of crossing the street as I thought they would.

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