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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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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