After 2 full days of pouring rain, I was so happy to walk dogs on a dry and brisk morning. I had 2 dogs with me in the neighborhood and we were crossing the street. I saw a man walking a large pitbull towards us who saw us and smiled and seemed excited. Given that I had an older pit and a puppy in my hands, I just let them cross the street and we backed up. It seemed that the owner was not happy with the dog being happy ( I can only assume) and as soon as he passed us he flattened the dog to the ground and raised his hand and hit her hard in the head. She did NOTHING wrong. Even if the dog did do something wrong, there is no excuse for hitting. But this was pure abuse just for the sake of control.
My immediate reaction was to say, "Hey!! There is NO need to hit your dog!" That was met with (kids cover your ears) "Mind your own fucking business! I'll do what the fuck I want! Mind your fucking business. I'll get my brother to come and get you! Don't fucking follow me!." He had some more things to say, I was struggling for my phone, he was daring me to call the police, etc. I followed at a distance to his destination and I called 911. I gave a description of the man, the dog, and an address. (Mind you I still had 2 dogs with me) I then got cut off from 911 - it just hung up.
I walked the dogs home, got them settled, and then headed to my next dog. While walking, I called the 3rd District to see if they were indeed sending someone out, considering we got disconnected. They told me that they don't dispatch from there and that I have to call 911 again to check. Sigh. So I called - no answer. I called again, it disconnected me with no answer. I called AGAIN and after 10 rings a 911 operator picked up (Appalling!!!). I explained the situation and she asked if I was at the location that I called about. I told her no. She said that the police needed to speak with me in person before they go find him!! I told her that no one told me to do this and her reply was, "Well that's unfortunate." I told her where I was and she said that she would send a car out to me and that I should wait for them. I waited 45 minutes. No one showed up. I had to get to the next dog, so I left and just looked for an officer on the way. I didn't find one until 17th and Pine. He told me that I needed to file a report in person and call the SPCA. The SPCA needs an address of the dog, I don't have that. I had what I thought was an address, but it seems that he was just "doing some business behind a gate"
So, people of Queen Village. Keep an eye out for him. I saw him at 6th and Carpenter headed to 5th. Tall white male, thin. Approx 65 yrs old. Longish gray/blondish hair. Female pitbull, long torso, light brindle, large nipples as if she had a litter not long ago. Please keep an eye out for him and and see if the dog is ok. She does not deserve to live like this.
Yes,I know what everyone is going to say:
You don't know what he will do
I get it, I am aware. But I cannot watch a dog get abused in front of me and just walk away. I can't. Hopefully someone knows him and can get the dog into a safer place. I have to do whatever is in my power for the safety of the dog.
Got an address with help of neighbors/clients/friends (GO TEAM DOG SAFETY!)
Filed a report with the police and the SPCA animal cruelty. Spoke to the officer and he will be having a chat with the owner (who btw has 3 dogs) on disciplining dogs by way of hitting.