A vicious attack that left their Toy Pomeranian near death has Chatham couple angry and questioning the safety of city streets.
Cinta, a four-year old pet of Randy and Brenda Coote, is slowly recovering after it was mauled by Saturday by a Rottweiler on St. Clair Street.
The Cootes’ dog, which weighs just over two kilograms, required nearly 100 stitches to close wounds inflicted by the Rottweiler that they estimated weighed almost 10 times as much as their dog.
The couple had stopped at Subway on St. Clair when Randy took Cinta to the side of the strip mall while Brenda went into the restaurant to order take out.
“When we pulled in we noticed the Rottweiler in the back seat of a convertible parked some distance away. There was a woman in the car in the front passenger seat” Randy said.
“Cinta was on her leash and we were at least a hundred feet away when I noticed a blur out of the corner of my eye. It was the Rottweiler charging right at Cinta.”
Randy said his dog, which was on a leash, actually took a couple of steps toward to the Rottweiler. “Cinta was being friendly. She loves other dogs.”
“I could see by looking at the Rottweiler it was planning to attack. I tried to get between the dogs but the Rottweiler was too fast. It grabbed Cinta by the hind quarters, threw her in the air and began tearing at her,” he said.
Randy, who has a degenerative disc disease and requires a cane to walk, dropped his cane when he tried to stop the attack. “I hurt my back trying to get Cinta into my arms. She was covered in blood.”
The attack drew a crowd, including the person Randy believes owns the dog. “A man came up and moved the dog away from Cinta. He led his dog to the convertible and they started to leave the parking lot.”
A couple who was on the patio at Blazin’ BBQ came across the road to help and attempted to stop the car from leaving.
“The driver of the convertible wasn’t about to stop so these people called the police with the license number” he said.
Brenda said the couple from Blazin’ BBQ and an employee of Brewer’s Retail comforted Cinta and another passerby provided some cloth to help stem the bleeding.
When she initially couldn’t get through to her vet, the couple told her to call their vet who has an office nearby. “I called that emergency number and was told that since Cinta wasn’t their patient we’d have to go to our own vet. I explained that she might be dying but it didn’t matter.”
Shortly thereafter Brenda reached her vet, Dr. Fife of Fife Animal Hospital. “He was at his son’s birthday party but he came within ten minutes” she said. “He had an intern who had just finished working at his part time job and he came over as well.”
After three hours of treatment, they were allowed to take Cinta home.
The couple said the vet bill for that night’s treatment tops $1,000 but it’s worth it
“I used to wonder how people could get so attached to their pets but since I’m disabled, Cinta is my life for a good portion of the day when Brenda’s out” Randy said. “She’s great company and she keeps me going on bad days. I don’t know what I’d do without her. She’s like my special child.”
Randy said if the Rottweiler had grabbed Cinta in the midsection or by the head, she’d be dead.
“I can’t believe the owners just left like that. They knew exactly what happened and are taking no responsibility.
It’s bad enough that it’s my dog, what if that Rottweiler had attacked a small child. It’s pretty clear the animal should be leashed and muzzled.
Brenda said the police are working with the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to investigate the incident.
Randy said the dog owner needs to be held accountable.
“If there aren’t any consequences for this type of action it will happen again and next time it could be a child. Who’s going to step up and make sure this type of incident isn’t repeated?”
A person who identified herself only as Jessica at the OSPCA said the group has no comment on the incident, whether or not there is an investigation.
She described her title as “I work here.”