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Recently there was a story in the news that caused a lot of debate on radio call-in shows about a person whose dog (a Rottweiler, I believe) killed a smaller dog. The case went to court and the judge fined the owner $200 and was told that he didn’t have to have his dog put down because a so-called expert testified in court that this dog could be rehabilitated.

I grew up in a small town in Lushes Bight; my mother was left widowed at an early age with two small children, me being the eldest. My mother supported us by working in the post office, earning $10 a month. Also in the post office was the only telephone in the community, and when a message came over the wire my mother would write it down and it would be my job to deliver it to the person it was intended for (a far cry from the Internet).

Unexpected attack

I can’t remember many messages, as I was quite young, but there was one that I will never forget. I had a message for Mr. Phillip Locke. Now Mr. Locke and his wife, Rachael, had a large house dog — very gentle — but this day when I knocked on the door, Mrs. Locke came to the door and when the door opened, out comes this large dog. It grabbed me by the knee and I still have the scars. Mr. Locke had to come out with the broom and drive the dog off of me. Needless to say, I have never trusted a dog since. That dog was put down, which was the practice back then.

About 10 years ago, my son had a small house dog which, when put outdoors, would be put on leash. When I would go up to visit sometimes he would be all over me with love and licks, and some more times when I would go towards him, his teeth would be showing and he would be growling and I would make the comment that if the dog got loose, it would eat me. The dog eventually did bite two small children and had to be put down.

The moral of the story? I have seen gentle dogs turn vicious for no reason, except that they didn’t like me and I have had many nightmares from the first experience and needless to say I will never, ever trust a dog. I would trust a wild animal in the woods, first, and I don’t think that any dog that gets a taste of blood can be rehabilitated.

(Ret.) Capt Wilfred Bartlett

Green Bay South

Geographic location: Lushes Bight, BartlettGreen Bay

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Recent comments

  • david
    March 14, 2013 - 11:06

    It's virtually always a pit bull or a rottweiler. It's as predictable as sunrise, just not to the idiots who own them. Anti-social, dangerous eejots.

  • JoJo
    March 13, 2013 - 14:59

    Obviuosly the dogs sense that you don't like them and are behaving in that fashion.

  • carogers
    March 12, 2013 - 12:11

    The owner bit a guys ear in a bar fight. The dog is a product of its environment.

    March 12, 2013 - 09:22

    I know somebody with a dog that spent the first few years in the wild but now the dog is very friendly. However if attacked, I believe he would bite back. He is a dog after all. My dad told me years ago if a dog gets the taste of blood, he will never be the same and better to put him down.

  • Happily Retired
    March 12, 2013 - 08:01

    I guess the courts will wait until it's too late and the dog seriously hurts a human. I'm somewhat skeptical about what the so-called expert says. What are his qualifications? Maybe the dog could have been rehabilitated, but certainly not by letting it stay with its present owner. Couldn't they have, at least, taken the dog from the owner, who doesn't seem to be interested in rehabilitation.

  • Anonymous
    March 12, 2013 - 07:27

    Annnnnd no one cares.