A Visually Impaired Brantford Man Is Looking For Answers After His Service Dog Was Attacked This Week

Bob Brown said Lazer, his three-year-old German shepherd, is recovering from injuries after it was bitten by what witnesses say was a pitbull while they were walking down a platform at the downtown bus terminal at about 6 p.m. Monday.

"The dog came out of nowhere," said Brown who believes the animal broke free of its leash. "It locked on him (Lazer). I called for help."

Brown said a Brantford Transit employee who came to the rescue hit the attacking dog on the snout seven times with his two-way radio before its jaw opened and released Lazer.

Brown said the man who had been walking the dog, described as being in his 20s, then took the animal and left without speaking to him.

"The guy just walked away," said Brown. "I was really shaken up. Someone who was there took their water bottle and poured it on (Lazer's) wounds."

The police were called and interviewed Brown and some witnesses at the terminal.

Brown said an officer drove him to Park Road Veterinary Clinic where they shaved a patch of fur from Lazer's side, disinfected his puncture wounds and ripped skin and prescribed antibiotics.

"He's recovering," said Brown. "But psychologically I don't know what this will do. I'm hoping he's not traumatized to the point where he'd have to be retired."

Brown, who is able to see only some shapes and colours, has been using service dogs for many years to help him get around.

He waited a year to get Lazer, his fourth service dog, who was matched as closely as possible to Brown's lifestyle. The training process, he said, is long and intensive.

They have been paired for two years. Brown said a service dog usually works for its owner for eight to 10 years.

"He is a great dog. I take him with me just about all the time. He loves to snuggle and give kisses but when he's in his harness he's all business. It's his job to protect me but I'm also his protector."

Robin Kuchma, executive director of the Brant County SPCA, said information about the incident was passed on by police and the agency is now investigating.

Brown said he hopes that anyone who witnessed the attack or knows anything about the dog will come forward and contact the SPCA with information.

"I'm not being vindictive," he said. "I don't know if the dog's shots were up to date or if it has done this kind of thing before. My biggest concern is for the safety of others who have a service dog and for the public at large."

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Lui rates this post as excellent and says

Why are the police not investigating? This isn't a matter of a loose dog out of control, it's an assault on Mr. Brown. Guide dogs are not pets, this is abundantly clear. Yet, if police continue to "wash their hands" of their responsibility to people who are blind, where will it end. The police, not the SPCA need to be the primary agency responsible, someone with the authority to press charges. Not the SPCA who, at best, may simply issue a summins.

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Focus On The Conference

Over the next several weeks, we'll be putting various aspects of our upcoming Conference under the microscope, to give you a taste of what to expect from our big weekend in London.

This time we're featuring Windsor Police Constable Rob Wilson's brief auto-biography. Mr. Wilson, and Police Service Dog Vegas, will be presenting our first workshop on the afternoon of Saturday, September 24.

Police Constable (PC) Rob Wilson has been with the Windsor Police Service for the past 18 years. PC Wilson started off his career in patrol where he spent 5 years, eventually moving to the eWare Unit, a software support unit of the service in what Constable Wilson had a background in. After fulfilling his 2 years in eWare, PC Wilson, after a lengthy selection process, was chosen to become a Handler in the Police Dog Unit.

PC Wilson was then paired with Police Service Dog (PSD) Quincy, a German Shepherd born in Fenwick, Ontario. PSD Quincy and PC Wilson then embarked on a 4 month general purpose basic dog course which was held in Windsor. Once completed, PSD Quincy and PC Wilson hit the road and went on a 6 year journey where the team attended 3,735 calls for service resulting in 141 arrests, 50 articles/evidence located and numerous drug seizures.

In late 2011, PSD Quincy developed a problem in his back end which caused him to feel pain while jumping. With one of the main jobs of a canine being the jumping of fences, it was decided to retire PSD Quincy early and let him enjoy a well earned rest. PC Wilson was then asked to handle a second dog which he happily accepted.

In September 2011, PC Wilson met PSD Vegas. Vegas, a Belgian Malinois, born Xorg vom Haus Mecki, was imported from Germany and assigned to Wilson. After another 4 month basic course, PSD Vegas and PC Wilson hit the road in January of 2012 where they currently fight crime in the City of Windsor.

PC Wilson is also a United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) judge and has been qualified as an expert in the tracking of human scent, as well as the detection of narcotics, firearms and ammunition.

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Joe rates this post as excellent and says

I wish I was coming to London to hear him. This sounds very good

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