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Vicious Dog Hearing Set For Thursday

A vicious dog hearing for a Rhodesian Ridgeback that attacked a Golden Retriever at Ryan Park is set for Oct. 25 at noon.

A vicious dog hearing for a Rhodesian Ridgeback that reportedly attacked a Golden Retriever and its owner at Ryan Park is set for Thursday, Oct. 25 at noon.

According to reports from the North Kingstown Police Department, the Ridgeback broke loose from its owner during a walk in Ryan Park and then attacked a Golden Retriever. The Retriever sustained multiple bite wounds to its neck and stomach while the dog's owner suffered a small cut on her finger. The Ridgeback's owner also was injured during the scuffle as she attempted to separate the two dogs. Both dogs were up to date on vaccinations.

An animal control officer visited the home of the Ridgeback and learned that it lived with another dog. According to the owner, the Ridgeback was only aggressive toward other dogs and that it had been to a trainer several times.

The owner of the Golden Retriever requested a vicious dog hearing for the animal. In the police's reports, the Retriever's owner demanded that the other dog be destroyed and that if the town didn't take care of it that "the community will take it into their own hands." According to the animal control officer, "even if the dog is deemed vicious, it will not get put to sleep."

The hearing is set for October 25 at noon at the North Kingstown Police Department.

ANGEL FISH October 24, 2012 at 12:52 PM
I have mixed feelings on this situation. I have a dog who lives with two other dogs yet he is afraid of other dogs. I really resent people who don't control their dogs and it makes walking my dog a worrisome event because some neighborhood dogs aren't leashed. And if my dog were attacked by another I'd be really pissed and want the owner of the other dog to pay! However, I'm sure the Ridgeback is a fine family pet and I understand where the owner is coming from too and I would be upset if I was forced to put my dog down (which I read can't happen). If any dog is deemed vicious, that dog should wear a muzzle any time is out in public--it's not a choice but a mandate. And just a reminder that RI has a leash law! Keep your dogs leashed, people!!
LC October 24, 2012 at 02:35 PM
I requested the hearing. I was treated for puncture wounds on my legs and my dog had several punctures. I gave a statement to the police when my dog was on the exam table. The injuries to my legs were not evident until I visited the emergency room. I only recall saying, "the dog should be destroyed" after learning this is not the first attack. I meant, "the community should be concerned and many people enjoy Ryan Park”. The incident number is 12-2190-OF.
NK Parent October 24, 2012 at 02:42 PM
What did you mean by: "the community will take it into their own hands"? That sounds like a pretty mean-spirited threat to me. What ... are you threatening that you're going to murder her dog if the verdict doesn't go your way? Seems like there might be a solution that isn't so drastic.
SCL October 24, 2012 at 04:05 PM
As a member of the community who frequents Ryan Park, I am very concerned. The owner should get a very large fine in addition to all medical and vet bills that Golden and owner incurred. The attacking dog should ABSOLUTELY be banned from public places like Ryan Park and, if it's not the first offense, it should be confined to owner's property or put down - there is no place in our town's public recreation areas for a vicious animal like this. We should be able to walk and play in Ryan Park with our (controlled) dogs and children without fear of being attacked. Dogs that are attacked often change personality-wise. What was once a happy-go-lucky animal can become either aggressive themselves or so fearful that they can no longer be around other animals. This, of course, results in a drastic change in that family's way of life through no fault of their own.
Matthew Fredrick Marsh October 24, 2012 at 04:46 PM
If the dog didn't cause injury to another human, I think the just thing to do would be cover the vet bills and an understanding that the dog will be taken away if it happens again. Obviously the woman will be more cautious from here on out. Keep the dog on a leash and at a safe distance from other dogs, no reason to kill the dog over one instance. I agree with NK Parent... so we have a mob mentality and go to kill the dog on our own... what happens to the dog killers? Seems like the Golden Retriever owner was shaken up, but let's not lower ourselves to an uncivilized/ animal level over it.
KF October 24, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Question: Was your dog on leash when this happened?
NKResident October 24, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Both dogs were on leashes and the Ridgeback's owner could not control her dog. This is not the first dog the Ridgeback has attacked. Read the police report #12-2190-OF.
LC October 24, 2012 at 06:19 PM
My dog was on a leash. The "community" is taking care of it by holding a vicious dog hearing. This is the second attack and I do not want it to happen to anyone else. I am a "civilized" person and my request for a hearing is warranted.
BB October 24, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Any dog that is a threat to a person or dog should be muzzled when it was out of its own home. This is a dog who has in the past caused harm to people more than once as well as to other dogs. He will most likely do this again in the future. Now, with this dogs past record of multipul attacks, it should be humanly put down.
Malissa (Mel) Allison October 24, 2012 at 07:48 PM
There are way more options than having or even requesting the dog be euthenized. There are muzzles that the dog can wear when out in public. Im ashamed anyone whom owns a dog would even suggest a dog be euthenized. It seems to me the ridgeback has not had the social training it needs or is biting out of fear aggression or excitablility. Whatever the reason for the biting Im sorry anyone's pet was bitten or any human was bitten in the encounter but Im still not for killing an animal until all other options are exhausted and it sounds like neither is the justice system where this happened thank goodness. there is way to much euthenizing going on lately
Malissa (Mel) Allison October 24, 2012 at 07:49 PM
There are way more options than having or even requesting the dog be euthenized. There are muzzles that the dog can wear when out in public. Im ashamed anyone whom owns a dog would even suggest a dog be euthenized. It seems to me the ridgeback has not had the social training it needs or is biting out of fear aggression or excitablility. Whatever the reason for the biting Im sorry anyone's pet was bitten or any human was bitten in the encounter but Im still not for killing an animal until all other options are exhausted and it sounds like neither is the justice system where this happened thank goodness. there is way to much euthenizing going on lately
LC October 30, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Findings – Vicious 3-0 Must be muzzled and leashed when off owners property Must be leashed or in an enclosed area when on owners property Must be insured by owners (at least 100,000) with NK listed as additionally insured Must notify police if dog gets loose If owner moves must notify both cities/town of the move Owner cannot give dog away or sell dog Must be microchipped Notifying the patch about this hearing was my attempt to give the community a heads up. I was disappointed the patch put a spin and added verbiage (not in the police report) to the story in order to encourage comments. The number of comments and traffic on the site are part of the criteria assessed during job reviews for the editors. Adding undocumented/unnecessary verbiage to evoke comments is unethical. I would think the most pertinent information about the story would have been location and number of attacks/complaints reported previously (public record at police station / same place my report was retrieved.) FYI: I am positive that a software engineer at AOL built the patch “from the ground up”.
Samantha Turner (Editor) October 30, 2012 at 11:31 PM
LC, FIrst off, thank you for posting the findings of the hearing. I meant to check in with the NKPD last week, but was wrapped up in Hurricane Sandy coverage. I will get the full details from them this week. Second, I'm not sure what "verbiage" you took issue with. All of my information came directly from police reports supplied by the North Kingstown Police Department. I can add those reports directly to this story if need be to support this. As for your claims about me writing this story in such a way to generate more comments, I have stated this before and will state this again: I view my job as the editor of North Kingstown Patch to provide the people of this town (my hometown that I grew up in and love) with the news to keep them informed. I could care less about driving up the comments. You had asked me personally via email to post information about this hearing and I did just that because I believed, like you, that the people of this town should be made aware of this situation. I'm sorry you take issue with how I reported on this story and that you feel you were misquoted, but my information comes directly from the North Kingstown Police Department.
Dark star October 31, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Yes lets have a doggie intervention.... make sure it has the proper "social skills" to be out in public. Maybe all people that frequent Ryan park could make a donation for "social training" classes. After all, the classes will benefit them as well the owner of the Rhodesian Ridgeback. Or for NK parent, maybe an arbitration hearing would be in order.
LC October 31, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Second reported attack with injuries same dog / same place Complainant sustained bites and punctures on legs Complainant could not return home via wooded trail due to aggressive dog trying to continue attack Complainant received a ride home from very gracious strangers after ending up their backyard / 1 mile from home Thanks again for "blogging" about the vicious dog hearing. The findings are available and very straightforward. Last, I also love my community and can trace my local family ancestry back at least 12 generations. At least we both “love our community”.

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