June 2, 2018 at 10:40 pm #59901
Last night my fiance and I were taking our dogs for a walk (both on leash) in Meridian Park. We entered through the archway and walked past the grass circle when our Pomeranian Roz stopped to do his business. While he was doing this, a large black Labrador mix dog (not on leash) came up behind us and started sniffing around. He or she didn’t seem aggressive, no growling or barking, but Roz barked at it. We thought that we were in the wrong and were embarrassed that our dog was causing a scene, but then the lab suddenly grabbed Roz and shook him violently. I grabbed the dog’s collar and tried to stop it while my fiance tried to pry its jaws open, but it was too late. By the time we separated them our dog was most likely dead. During this even the owner was present, but did not try to intervene or help until after we had pulled her dog off of ours. We rushed to the emergency clinic on Stone (panicked and forgetting to get the owner’s info), but after 10 minutes of cpr, they confirmed that he had passed.
We have been absolutely traumatized by this event and we’re looking for the owner responsible. We will not be pressing charges if the owner steps forward and works with us to correct this injustice. If the owner does not come forward we do have grounds to sue if/when they are found.
Here’s what we know:
– Occurred in Meridian Park around 9PM Friday June 1st
– The dog was a large black Labrador mix, maybe 50 lbs
– The owner was a Caucasian woman. Mid 40s, shoulder length wavy brown hair. Maybe 6 ft tall.
If you know the owner or have any information that could help find her, please post it here.June 3, 2018 at 10:27 am #59902
Based on this and other reports, it seems that – at least in Wallingford – unleashed dogs are a greater threat to public safety than humans wielding guns.
Do our public officials care?June 3, 2018 at 10:41 am #59903
First – you have my complete and unfettered sympathy.
But I understand it can feel like more trouble than you want to deal with to get the police involved but I strongly recommend that you do – not only was your beloved pet taken from you but an irresponsible owner is responsible for your pet’s death and has an animal with a severe and dangerous behavioral problem. That could be a toddler tomorrow.June 3, 2018 at 5:24 pm #59904
I’m heartbroken for you and wish I could help you. What can we as a community do? We also have 2 small dogs and we go to this park a lot with our dogs on a leash or sometimes just walk through with our dogs on a leash on the way to and from the post office. This dog should have been on a leash, the owner should have had control over her dog and helped during this tragedy. This is not normal behavior for a dog. All of us need to help out in these kinds of situations. By at least taking pictures. One thing I do see these days is a lot of people with dogs even on leashes that they obviously can’t control. I think maybe they get dogs to protect them but people should not have dogs they don’t know how to control. I love dogs and this never should have happened. Am thinking about you and saying prayers for you and both your dogs and especially Roz. If there is a heaven he is there. Bless you.June 4, 2018 at 10:31 am #59909
Thank you all for your kind words and condolences. We unfortunately haven’t made any progress in finding the owner responsible, but we are in the process of filing an official report with the Seattle Animal Control department. I’m not really convinced that they’ll find her and nothing can ever undo what happened, but we’re at least going to try and get some closure.
Still, if anyone knows this dog and/or its owner, please share the information. If you are the owner, please do the right thing and come forward.June 4, 2018 at 3:07 pm #59917
I am so very sorry for your loss.
I truly hope the dog owner comes forward and does the right thing. Have you posted this on NextDoor? It might be a good idea to do so.June 4, 2018 at 3:17 pm #59918
I’ve never heard of that site before, I’ll go make an account and copy the post over. Thanks for the tip.June 4, 2018 at 3:57 pm #59919
Also post on “dog bite attacks”?June 5, 2018 at 6:33 am #59926
Yes, I think Next Door is a good idea. This is a tragic occurrence. Even more so because you watched it happen. I would like to think the woman would come forward. But everyone in Wallingford can be more observant, if we see a woman and a dog as you describe. I suggest if she is seen, given the circumstances, and that she left the scene, a photo with a phone might be appropriate. I am sitting here now with tears in my eyes, thinking of what happened and that you witnessed it.June 5, 2018 at 12:32 pm #59930
That is just awful. I walk my dogs there a couple times a day and this dog and person do not sound familiarJune 6, 2018 at 12:17 am #59934
Are you on Facebook? If so there are two Facebook groups this should be posted to. Wallingford & Fremont Community and Wallingford/Fremont Community Pet Lovers. If you don’t want to deal with adding to groups I’m happy to post for you.June 8, 2018 at 8:38 pm #59952
This is truly a sad and disturbing story. Please someone help find the owner of this dog. (Owner to blame, not the dog.) More and more I have zero tolerance for off-leash dogs.June 9, 2018 at 4:14 pm #59956
I am so sorry your dear Roz was attacked and killed in this way, especially since this was not accident but the result of completely indefensible risk-taking by someone who is willing to make our parks dangerous to people and the pets they love for the sake of the scofflaw’s own convenience.
It was the scofflaw dog owner who did this to Roz, not her dog. You are in no way at fault. Nor is Roz. Roz is allowed to bark, especially at an off-leash dog. Roz was right to be scared. I am heartbroken for you and also afraid for my own beloved Aussie.
We are about to go for our walk. My Aussie will be legally on leash, as always. We will go to Meridien Park, as we often do. I that this terrible person will be avoiding Meridien from now on.
If you find that dog owner, I hope you will consider turning her in to the police, for all our sakes. She and her dog are a serious danger to people and pets wherever she takes him. Again, I’m so, so sorry. You and Roz should not have had this happen.
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