We have received several emails recently involving Upper West Side dogs, relaying information and concerns about dog attacks, raising questions about dog-walkers, and expressing puzzlement about dogs in supermarkets.
We have edited them a bit and present them here for your edification. If you can answer any of the questions these people raise, or would like to commiserate, do so in the comments.
From Jan. 15, 2015
Sadly our dog CHICO was attacked in Central Park (93rd Street entrance behind the tennis courts) in the Central Park yesterday Wednesday January 14th.
The owner had 2 dogs a light colored pit bull and black haired-German Shepherd mix. It was before 9 am so it was off-the-leash time but what happened is that the 2 dogs aggressively ran after our dog Chico, a 25 # mini-schnauzer and attacked him. It would take only seconds to a minute for him to have died!
He survived with bites on his neck. And at the vet had to go under to get a drainage filter put into his neck to prevent infection.
Why I am writing to you is to spread the word of the best thing to do…….
I was advised by a fellow dog owner to ‘file a report” as there was another attack by ‘2 dogs’ two weeks ago and we are not sure if it is the same owner.
I called the 100th St Precinct [the 24th precinct] and talked to a lovely Officer Frankel. She is the Animal Liaison for that precinct. Here is what she told me. Filing a report would not really help much. She would take our info and forward to the Central Park Precinct. But with no name and no hard core description nothing can be done.
What she recommends is:
IF another attack happens call her division 212-678-1829 as soon as it happens. If the guy/person flees the scene get as much as a description as possible. They can perhaps find the person and give them a summons. Enough harassment to the guy/person will hopefully prevent him from coming back to our park!
From Dec. 31, 2014
There is a young, male, unneutered brown and white pit bull who is extremely aggressive and dangerous. He almost tore the ear off a large black and white dog, who has been coming to the dog run for years. The pit’s owner, a youngish, average looking white man, refused to give his name after his dog lacerated the other dog’s ear. This dog is dangerous and should not be in a dog run with other dogs. What do we do about this?
From Dec. 30, 2014
Twenty dogs were tied up on Christmas day at the entrance to Central Park at 72nd and CPW (there’s a little twine hut thing on the south side of the entrance that leads to a downhill path to get into the park) one group was tied on the right and one group was tied on the left of the twig hut thing.
The black schnauzer’s collar had her name/number so I actually called the owner to make sure she knew her dog was being walked with that many dogs and her response was: “Yes, they’re pack animals.” Plus, she said that they get broken down into 2 or 3 smaller groups. Even so — TEN DOGS at a time under the control of one person?!?
Do you think all the owners know how many other dogs their dog is being walked with at once? Yet, I think some of her clients are fiercely loyal, for some strange reason.
The dog walker walks in front of all the dogs and doesn’t even notice if any of them is hurt or limping, etc. She actually TEXTS while walking that many dogs!
From Dec. 15, 2014
I just sent the following letter of complaint to the Broadway/115th Street Morton Williams after a fellow shopper with a dog refused to leave. Maybe you could follow up with an article. I have never seen a dog in a NYC supermarket before and I have lived here my whole life, but perhaps there are more incidents and the law needs reenforcing.
“Dear Morton Williams:
We are a Columbia family and have been loyal, grateful customers at the Broadway/115th Columbia branch for years. That is, until yesterday, Sunday Dec 14, 2014 around noon when your manager/employees allowed a woman to shop with her dog. She was an attractive, small, woman with a small grey dog (perhaps a terrier). When I approached her and said, “Do you notice there are no other dogs here. They are not allowed.” she answered me in a foreign accent, yes, yes, I know, pulled the dog closer to her and continued shopping for at least another fifteen minutes without any of your employees asking her to leave. My understanding is that this is a NY STATE Law passed for health reasons. Please put a sign on the door. Train your employees. I suspect she does this frequently. I can’t tell you how upset this made me. (I didn’t talk to your store personnel. There was only one person at the cash register and no one else that I could see.) I hope you will take measures to be sure this does not happen again.