Essex Family Dog Fatally Stabbed

BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Baltimore County Police are investigating the fatal stabbing death of a beloved family pet. 

Mary Bubala has more.

A family in Essex says someone killed their dog in the middle of the day, and now they’re trying to find out who and why.

The owners of 3-year-old Princess are heartbroken. Their dog was stabbed Wednesday afternoon in their own backyard behind their fence.

“The only place we see blood is right here and up on the steps to this part of the porch where she was basically up on the porch, came down and shook her head,” said David O’Steen, the dog’s owner. “When they came screaming about it, we ran outside and that’s when we found it.”

The screams came from Robin O’Steen and her daughter. They had just returned home to find Princess with a deep stab wound to her neck. Robin O’Steen rushed her to the vet, and at first it looked like Princess would survive.

“I had planned to go at 2 o’clock yesterday and get her from the vet,” said Robin O’Steen. “And they called yesterday (Thursday) morning when I was at school to tell me that she had passed overnight.”

Princess– who made the cover of “Dog Fancy” magazine as the “Perfect Pooch”– was playful, according to her owners, but also barked at strangers.

The O’Steens say their street gets lots of foot traffic because of a pedestrian bridge that leads right up Williams Avenue to their house. They say once someone walked by and spit on their dog because she was barking.

“Because we are a through street to the bus line, we get a lot of criminal activity,” Robin O’Steen said.

But the O’Steens can’t imagine why anyone would stab their dog. They’ve received condolences from their vet and many others saddened by the loss of Princess.

“She was my baby. She was my baby,” said Robin O’Steen.

The vet told the O’Steens that the wound appears to be from a knife. That information is now part of the police report.

Authorities say animal cruelty charges will be filed if and when a suspect is named.

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  • Robin Lynn Mills O

    If anyone has information about what happened to Princess, please email I am hoping that justice will be served for my dog.

    • elbone

      It was stabbed in the neck!

    • Greg

      I am so sorry for your loss! As a dog owner I know how heartbreaking it is to lose a member of the family. I’ve also been on the other side and have been driven crazy by a neighbor’s constantly barking dogs. In my case I at least had the intestinal fortitude to call the police to complain after talking to the neighbors got no results (they thought it was funny). They didn’t think the $350 fine was quite so funny later. Whoever did this was a pure D___ COWARD. I hope the gutless perp reads my post so and gets hit by a truck..

    • Sarah

      I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet dog. This is unjust, unfair, and cruel. My prayers that however did this is served justice.

    • meadowlands

      Our dog is like family so I fully understand your devastation. Having said that, I can’t understand how anyone could do that to an animal. I hope the creep that did this gets found. I agree that whoever did this is very close by to hear the dog bark.

    • Jennifer Griffith

      My condolences to you & your family for your loss of Princess. This was an inexcusable act against an innocent living creature! May the dirtbag who did this be found soon & receive the maximum punishment possible.

      • jane

        I agree with you! The most loyal and loving animals are dogs and mine are like family, I think the low life that stabbed the dog and for that matter anyone who mistreats animals, old people and children deserve the same treatment they give the victim. Let that happen a few times and you might see less of this type of think.

      • truthBeTold

        Obviously, the perp is close by.
        Its someone within ear shot of your house.
        Simply confront everyone, till you get the guilty behaviour.

        Next time, get a vicious dog, you need protection from your neighbors.

      • independent

        Please, people. If your neighbor’s dog barks get a $10 bark off device.

      • independent
      • James in Vegas

        A dog that barks constantly is about as useful as a car alarm that goes off three times a night–and just about as welcome. Folks who foist such annoyance on their neighbors need to be reminded, “silence is golden.”

    • deRuiter

      Dear Robin, I am sorry for the loss of your pet. But if your dog was left outdoors for long periods of time and barked constantly, the reason the dog was killed was that a nieghbor couldn’t stand the constant barking and acted violently to stop it. Next time, do not leave dog out for hours to bark and bark, or get anti barking device which shocks dog so he won’t bark constantly. Your allowing the dog to bark for hours was inconsiderate of your neighbors. The neighbor stopped the dog from barking which you refused to do.. The victims here were the neighbors, and the dog who was not properly trained or cared for correctly by you. “They say once someone walked by and spit on their dog because she was barking.” This was a hint to you to correct the barking. The next hint was killing the dog because you would not take the first hint.

    • cee

      My deepest condolences to you and your family. I hope the perpetrator is brought to justice. I also would love tougher penalties for those who are cruel to animals. My dogs are like furry kids, I understand your anguish.

      • Turban

        It’s a dog. Kill the owners. Talk to the dog.

      • Rude Hicks

        So the family knew that their dog barked all the time and yet they did nothing about it? What about the nuisance created by this dog who disturbed the peace and quiet all up and down the street? Did they ever stop to think about keeping the dog indoors, sending it to obedience school or buying it a muzzle to reduce the noise out of respect for the peace and quiet of your neighbors?

        This is typical low class redneck Baltimore. No consideration for anybody but yourself. God I am so glad I moved out of this city.

      • Tim Lucas

        I bet they are glad you are gone too. It’s obvious you’re not a pet person or much of a person. I completely understand where you get your handle rude hick.

      • ZZ

        It is a dog. Dogs bark. Talk to the owners, don’t kill the dog.

      • Bill hansen

        Poor dog. It had to suffer b/c of irresponsible owners. Almost everybody who has a freaking dog thinks it has a right to back its fool head off. It’s one thing to be playing with the dog and it’s barking, it’s another thing just to leave it somewhere and let the dog bark incessantly.

      • lois

        sullivan–it wasn’t barking at night. READ the article. The dog was killed in the afternoon.!!

    • John

      I am so sorry for your loss… If you know who spit on your dog, you may want to start with that guy — could be an escalation from his past abuse.

    • Serenity

      I am so very sorry for your loss. Anyone who says that an animals life is less important than a human…has never been loved by an animal and had them be a true part of the family. God bless you and always remember, while justice may not be served here on earth… God knows who did it and his justice is the most relevant. Hugs.

      • JQP

        I guess value is in they eye of the beholder. I’m thinking that little girl might disagree with many of you.

        I am so sorry for the loss of Princess. I truly and sincerely hope they find and punish the person who thought his/her life was more important than your dog’s life…not to mention the blatant disregard for the impact this may have on your family and your daughter’s emotional well-being.

      • Norman

        Dear Idiot.

        Animals ARE less important than humans. Get a clue. You’ll whine about a BARKING DOG being stabbed but say nothing over an aborted infant. Likely, you voted for Obama who voted YES to allow infants who SURVIVE an abortion to die in a back room.

        BTW, dog is a tasty meal.

      • jane

        You boob! I didn’t vote for obama but I believe that you should have compassion for all of Gods creatures big or small which includes Dogs you are probably one of the low lifes that abuse animals. If you are concerned about abortions do something about it, there is enough causes for everyone to be concerned with including dogs if I ever see anyone abusing any animal or person I will and have done something about, this discussion is regarding the story regarding the dog being stabbed so stick to the subject you nit wit.

      • KEN

        Norman, your the idiot. From a gun-toten, pro-life, pro-marriage, Christian, anti-Obama (and other facists) Reagan conservative. Yes people are more important than animals, but if some slug attacks a properly restrained animal, he’s reduced himself to animal status. That was some child’s pet. Gut the maggot.

      • Feste Ainoriba

        A dog’s life is not as valuable as a human’s life. There, I said it. And you are wrong, I love my two labradors. I just don’t suffer from the absurd belief that animals are people too.

        Anybody who says that a dumb animal’s life is as important as a human’s life is either mentally or emotionally crippled.

      • James

        @Ken you were right about one thing, Obama is a fascist.

      • David

        My dog means a lot to me. Norman, you would mean nothing. If someone stabbed or killed my dog, I would return the favor…except I don’t mean their pet…

      • Kids are Alright

        @jane so you are for or against abortion? seems the death of a pet riles you up a lot more than the death of an unborn child.

      • Eric

        Serenity is a mental case. Rabid pet owners that disassociate from people because of behavioral disorders of their own are just postponing professional help. To even make a comment like this is extremely absurd and should require her to be locked up. Animals are less important than a human and always will be you idiot. Animals have unconditional love – humans don’t. So start by eliminating those terrible qualities you have so you can be more accepted.

      • Night Shift

        Did you ever work a night shift and come home at 8 am to a neighbors barking dog?
        After a week of that you would be surprised what thoughts are generated in your head!

      • artemis133

        @ Norman. You, sir, are an @ss, one of the reasons I like animals more than people are because of people like you.

    • Scott H

      Until you’ve lived next door to a barking dog that people refuse to train, you would never understand. While I do not condone this kind of extreme action, I can certainly understand the emotion connected with it. In my opinion, this dog died because his owners had an extreme lack of respect for their neighbors. I’d be willing to wager that many neighbors are breathing a sigh of relief right about now.

      • elainehawk

        I totally agree! A lot of people that own dogs, don’t care if their dog is barking all day and night! I lived in a couple of neighborhoods that had dogs that barked all the time! It drove me insane! And calling animal control and talking to the neighbors did NO GOOD! I don’t blame the person who had enough of the BARKING DOG!

      • al

        Chronic barking and the inconsiderate owners leave some no choice but to whack the mutt. If it was a chronic barker (day or night) it had it coming.

      • Stevo

        Thanks Scott, for saying what the rest of us feel but didn’t have the guts for! The animal rights activists will be all over you, especially emotionally displaced people like William, but I totally support your statements!

      • Sean E

        Solid gold brother. AMEN~!

      • William

        Anyone know Scott H? If there’s been any animal cruelty, harassment, or unexplained animal deaths in his residential vicinity, he’s the likely culprit. If anyone knows him, report him to the police for suspicion of those unexplained actions in his neighborhood — let him attempt to explain them away.

      • elainehawk

        William…you are just an idiot! Never lived by a barking dog have you? Crawl back under you rock

      • Johnstuarmill

        These dopes will probably just get another dog which they will allow to bark incessantly and drive their neighbors crazy. These types of rude and thoughtless people are also part of the overall problem. You can easily train your dog not to bark constantly. It will still bark if and when there is a real intruder. The dog suffered because of it’s stupid owners.

      • RT

        Yep. had to deal with that problem myself. The animal control people DID NOTHING about a dog that barked so much it would be hoarse by the morning! It literally barked ALL NIGHT LONg and the owners did nothing.

        Doggy got loose one day and he and I took a ride in the country.

        Problem solved.

      • Steven F

        Couldn’t agree more, Scott. I’m an animal lover, but living next to a barking dog’s home is HELL. Dog owners often expect everyone around them to conform to their dog’s behaviors. If indeed this dog was killed because it barked too much and someone finally lost their cool, ultimately it’s the owner’s fault for not training it properly. And I don’t go for the excuse of “doggie is protecting the property” – let the dog protect the property when someone is actually ON their property, and not just merely walking by.

      • Rex

        Sad but true.

      • Flipper

        My neighbor has three barking dogs……..should be a law if your going to own a dog the owner should be more intelligent than the dog!

      • Scott H

        I am an animal lover and my resolve to do the right thing has been tested in trial by fire. I KNOW how I react to a barking dog. And it does not involve any kind of direct action. I did report to animal control a couple of times and I did call the cops the time the dog escaped and threatened my family in my own yard, but I did not harm the animal. I’m simply saying that I can certainly understand the FEELINGs that can push someone over the edge. As I said, I don’t condone it.

        I also don’t condone self-centered people abusing their neighbors simply because they are too lazy to train and/or take care of their pet.

      • natb1

        I have one of those neighbors who refuse to domesticate their animal.
        They think you just throw a dog in the back yard and then toss it food and water.
        BTW…I Live at 4874 South……….

      • natb1

        ahhh….speling and punktuation nazis on a noosepaper blog….cleaver

      • Rob Duke

        So many people leave their dogs out to bark all day long and wonder why there are upset people, some of those people are mentally unstable, sick people and this happens as a result. If you truly love your pet, take care of it! Don’t leave it outside barking and wanting in be with it’s pack.

      • Susan

        Thanks Scott, I totally agree. The sound of a constantly barking dog is torture. Owners can have the dog de-barked. I’m sick of the noise pollution caused by barking dogs in my street.

      • swissik

        Leaving a dog that is a pet outdoors alone is animal cruelty or at least animal neglect. I have three mini dogs that I leave inside the house when I am unable to take them with me. They make a loud racket when someone who has no business approaches the house. Then they calm down and sleep. I am sorry this dog had to die because its owners left it to fend for itself in the yard.

      • James

        @William you are inciting crime against a poster? You’re also breaking the law.

      • FedUp Florida

        William, you are an idiot. You disagree with someone and now you want the cops to go after him? Stand up, wipe your vag and get over it.

      • Shar

        Cannot disagree. It’s really the owners that should have, well not been stabbed, but maybe a few phone calls to the local police. Nuisance barking has driven me from my backyard these past four years. In fact, I have my house up for sale but living in obanaworld now, there have been very few lookers. Sign.

      • FedUp Florida

        Complete agree. I have one neighbor who owns two pits who doesn’t care about anyone but himself. All day those things make noise and never shut up. Fortunately, here in Florida, if one of those things gets out and into my yard, I can legally shoot it. And so I play the waiting game. If the owner can’t show more respect for others and no respect for his animals, he reaps what he sows. Simple as that. I am tired of suffering from his incompetence and ignorance.

      • peacemaker

        hey, RT. When doggy and I get to our destination, after letting him out, I sing “Born Free” at the top of my lungs. Makes me feel great! Did you sing “Born Free”?

      • Perspective

        Agree 100% Scott. Owners MUST respect their neighbors. We get driven insane by uncontrolled barking. I don’t condone killing them…but I can understand the desperation.

      • Mr. Nabokov

        Amen! Keep your damned barking dog inside instead of making it the whole neighborhood’s problem and it probably won’t get injured or killed by your frustrated neighbors! I’m a dog owner, and unlike my idiot neighbors, I bring my dog indoors if he starts barking and becomes an annoyance. Simply following the “do unto others” rule would prevent so much senseless violence such as road rage and, yes, having your annoying lap dog skewered. Having said that, what happened to this dog is awful and I hope the person responsible is punished.

      • lois

        I lived next door to barking dogs who bark to alert that someone is in the neighborhood. I was real grateful that this dog barked–while inside his condo. I awoke and heard the disturbance and it was MY CAR the thiefs were breaking into. I called police immediately and they eventually caught the perps breaking into my car. So don’t take for granted a dog’s bark, It is ingrained into their brains to bark and they bark to alert not just to constantly bark and annoy others. Dogs also can sense by their smell apparatus when someone is too close to the units we live in. I am very regretful that Princess was stabbed to death. I hope you walk the neighbor hood and just say thanks to everyone for killing my dog. Someone will turn away from you in possible disgust but that will be the perp who killed Princess.



      • George E

        Amen…I love dogs myself. But, a barking dog can make a person do crazy things. My neighbor has several dogs and they bark 24-7. Scott, I couldn’t have said it better.

      • Ciara500

        I believe the person responsible for that dog’s death is pretty close by. Whenever I hear my dogs barking, I go to check to see what is going on, and bring them in. I will not leave my dogs out to disturb the neighbors. But you know there are time when dogs alerts us of intruders, or kids teasing the dogs.

    • Bill L

      As someone who has LIVED NEXT to someone like you, with a BARKING DOG ALL OF THE TIME, you reap what you sow. Your dog paid the price for your ignorance.

      Some people should not own a pet.

      • William

        Same goes for these other idiots pushing for taking the dog down. Trash, all of them.

    • William

      The perpetrator(s) should be put down like a rabid animal.

      • al

        Put down like a chronic barker?

      • Stevo

        Why a rabid animal, William, can’t you swoop in the save it?

    • Jane

      I hope so too unfortunately whatever punishment is given won’t be servere enough and the laws need to be changed to punish these people by jail time and fines for the ASPCA or soem other organization.
      God bless Princess and your family!

      • FedUp Florida

        Hey Jane, how about we put a non stop barking dog next to your house for a month or so and see if your position changes. Cops don’t so anything except tell you they need two separate complaints from two different people, and then they’ll give the owner a warning. Good luck with that.

    • Shara

      It’s so sad that she was stabbed, and it was absolutely NOT right of anyone to do that.
      However, if the family knew that the dog barked at strangers, they really should have done something about it before it came to that. I can understand why people might get frustrated with the constant noise of a barking dog. Just because the owners can block it out doesn’t mean that everyone else can.
      Again, it doesn’t justify stabbing the dog though.

    • independent

      People, if you have a barking dog next door, get a Bark Off device for 10 bucks.

      And who says this dog was barking at all? What type of sick person can get close to an animal and do what this person did? That is a sick person.

      • FedUp Florida

        It’s probably a few up person who had the balls to do what everyone else, including law enforcement would not…put an end to the annoyance that are barking dogs with ignorant owners. Especially this fat white trash owner. I can see Essex has not change in 20 years.

    • Bluemeanie

      I’ll bet anything the dog was left outside barking night and day. You want to lay blame, blame the owners. People like this should not be allowed to keep pets and anyone who has been through this knows how truly awful it is for a neighbour and their dog to infringe on your right to peaceful enjoyment of your home.

      • DD vonHH

        agreed. Owners’ fault. Neglecting to bring noisy dog indoors and thus,,,putting dogs’s life in danger.
        Barking dogs eventually end up not barking…one way or another.

    • Rude Hicks

      Robin YOU are responsible for the death of your dog. Your inconsiderate actions leaving your dog outside barking all day long created a nuisance which somebody finally chose to end. The death of your dog represents justice for everybody on your street. It is a shame that the dog had to die because of your selfish and insensitive behavior and your refusal to take care of your dog, keep it indoors and show consideration for your neighbors, but this is YOUR fault. Read the comments of people below.

      • lois

        what did U do? Call all your anti social friends and have them put their visciousness on the net ?

    • James McKinnon

      I’m NOT sorry your barking mad dog was finally put down. Its about time that the animals the horribly harass all other humans who get near them be wiped out! Thanks to the killer.

      • Linda

        Obviously you are the one who needs to be put down James..

    • susan

      Why did you leave your dog outside to bark all day and disturb the peace?

    • Robin Needs To Accept Responsibility

      @Robin Lynn Mills O: Would love to hear you admit you have ANY responsibility in this, but won’t be holding my breath for it. That’s how “dog people” operate. Their little princess is just as important as everyone else… NOT

    • thepalinexpress

      I feel so sorry, and I am afraid this might happen to us! In the summer teenagers break into several homes in the neighborhood but mine hasn’t been touched. I agree it’s someone close by-I have a couple nearby that does NOT like her-their home got broken into, even with the alarm system. Mine wasn’t.

      We have a Great Pyrenees which is really a loving dog and a marshmallow to family and friends, but she does bark a lot. She guards and watches as far as her eyes can see. It is up to the owner’s responsibility to do the proper research and origins of the breed of the type of dog they wish to have, and the Great Pyrenees is a giant breed guard dog which suits our family needs.

      Folks must be very sensitive towards other owners’ pets because it is a great loss no matter what animal it is. Respect their feelings, they’re hurt-don’t criticize because it may happen to you!

      • thepalinexpress

        I wanted to add that I DO bring my dog inside constantly, and especially when we go out. If we’re out of town she stays inside; if it’s a trip then the pet sitter knows what to do.

        There’s no reason for her to be barking at meaningless things unless there’s a stranger roaming or crossing in between my house and the next ones, side and back to cut walking time. Folks it’s private property and I bet you don’t want strangers using your driveway as a walk-through. Especially when your car is parked THERE.

    • Burton Sullivan

      You killed your pet by not stopping the outrageous, annoying barking.. We call the Sheriff here in Riverside County when they bark at night and we usually never hear a bark again.

    • reggiechalupa

      Hell awaits this maggot. May he be reincarnated as a canine that is chained to a stake in a front yard and left there indefinitely.

    • artemis133

      My condolences on the loss of your precious pet. Anyone that would kill an innocent animal is nothing but a savage.

    • Tom Richardson

      Dogs left outside yapping all day denying others their right to peaceful enjoyment of their property should be eliminated. It would be a much nicer environment to kill all the dogs.

    • Robert Vaitkevicius

      Sorry, you already got justice. It’s about time that owners of barking dogs get punished, with actual jail time for disturbing the peace, but this method works as well. I say we give the killer a medal for restoring civic harmony.

    • Jim

      I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Princess looked just like a princess. I love dogs and this story brings up mixed emotions for me. Deep sadness for your loss and pure anger at a society that could harbor such heartless, inhumane, ruthless, killers. I have a dog that is getting up in age and when he is gone, I just don’t know how I will cope. Praying for you and your family.

    • Jacob

      RIP Princess! She’s in heaven with other abused animals!

    • CleanFun

      The younger crowd absolutely hates my dog because they like to sneak around and he’ll have none of it. The people that hate him the most are exactly the type of people he raises the alarm on the most.

      Bad guys hate 3 things; lights, dogs, and security cameras. So I added a cheap security camera that points right at his area of control (The Red Zone), which is the driveway. So I’ve been able to remotely view thousands of encounters.

      I’ve seen old men swing their walking sticks at him, little boys like to walk their dogs by for the reaction, and girls actually start swearing and arguing with him. But it’s the young men who I’ve seen flick cigarette butts in his face and try to kick him. I’m convinced that it’s a testosterone thing.

      So I would say it’s someone nearby or who visits someone, a male about 18-30. Shouldn’t be hard to spot. You’re not looking for someone in a business suit. It’s street trash who’s almost definitely seen the inside of a cell before. The mentality needed to actually stab and kill a dog is only carried by a very small demographic. It lacks all discerning & wisdom so that (kind of) rules out the mid-30’s to 60’s range. And it’s too cruel for most women.

      The perp will look at your home, and maybe even you, with a litlle sneer or smirk for now on. It wont just be the average everyday glance. Something about it will feel off, and that’s your guy. You can prove it to yourself by tricking him. Like, give him a wide-eyed surprised look, and then pretend to start using your cell phone real quick. The guilty individual will respond differently than everyone else. Or put up a big memorial with a cross and a ribbons and flowers and a big picture of the dog. While just about everyone else will be curious and view it compassionately, the guilty person will either turn their face away in shame and disgust or smirk arrogantly. It shouldn’t be terribly hard to outsmart him.

      The hardest part is getting the police to do anything beyond giving you lip service, at least it’s that way in my neighborhood.

      I wouldn’t give that tool the satisfaction of quiet, I’d replace her with 2 more ASAP. And noisy ones too. And get a security camera. Once you have video evidence the cops have to help.

      Best of luck to you. And truly sorry about your dog.

  • Cruel

    This story is very sad, you can’t even leave your beloved family pet outside with out some jerk taking it’s life. I am sure it was some low life city trash that murdered this dog.

    Sorry for your sadness.

    • Stevo

      You can’t murder an animal, it’s truly a human crime, look it up. Wow, you PETA people….ignorant to the bone!

    • Chris I

      Yes…it’s time to bring your barking dogs inside.

      • Alan Biggs

        Dogs are there for security. A barking collar would have done the trick, but condoning such actiojn by implying that the dog should have been put inside to keep it quiet?!
        I hope your kids are stabbed when they talk out of turn.

      • InFlorida100

        It is time to bring the “baby” inside. If it is security you want, get an alarm system! Homes are too close to each other to put up with barking dogs that just bark because someone is walking down on the sidewalks. People own the sidewalks, not your barking dogs.

  • Feed up with our state weak law system

    The punschment needs to fit the crime. You take a life for pleassure, you should be killed the same way. I don’t care if it was a animal or a human. These are sick people, it may start with a animal but then it moves on to a person after there is no more plessure in doing it to animals. People take life for granted, we are all gods creatures. Isn’t there enough useless killing in this world already, and then some idiot does something like this to apart of someones family. I treat my dog just like family and would want that criminals punishment to be the same as if he had just taken any other member of my family. Laws in this state have become to lacks with the current body of leadership in this state, capital punishment needs to be brought back and enforced. Look at the states and other countries that actually use capital punishment, the have way less crimes than the rest of the U.S. and world. Our jails have become a honor to goto with criminals, like a badge. They are not rehabilated to reenter society, the are a waste tax payers money. Prisoners have more rights then we do and get alot better care then we do. Its time to fix our laws and prison system, then maybe people would think before they do something like this to a dog or a person.

    • Stevo

      Please tell me you are three or in a foreign country. Spelling, grammar, and liberalism we can fix. Pure stupidity and ignorance? Priceless!

    • Jim

      People like you, who think pet life equals human life, are the whole entire problem here.

      • meadowlands

        HeyJim do you live in the neighborhood?

      • JA

        How would you know, Jim? You are not human yourself, and you are certainly far below my dog.

      • kerry

        JIm you are an idiot too, someone that can do this wouid have no problem killing you or your children, it starts with things like this, you need to educate yourself beyond your third grade education you clearly have.

      • Kimberly

        I wish there was a like button for this!!!!

      • Melvin

        The reason that many humans chose pets over fellow humans is that many humans are dirty rotten low down scoundrels who aren’t fit for living.

      • KEnt

        Some pets are worth more than people. Your one of them,

      • Shootem/Stabem/Buryem

        Humans lives are wroth more…I would shoot the perp 2 times in the head for killing a baby and only 1 time for killing a dog.

      • 'suzie

        ALL life is sacred. For some reason human beings think they are superior when they have ruined the planet they live on; fight and kill other human beings; have no thought to anyone but themselves and their own small world. And most of cannot recognize any form of life that is not identical to their own as valuable. I do not like and will never understand anyone who would harm an animal. I have to tell myself they are mentally ill and cannot help themselves to be able to deal with what some people do to animals.

      • Feste Ainoriba

        perhaps you should get a little of that education yourself. “if a then b” does not imply “if b then a”. To wit: all serial killers ate ice cream during their formative years, therefore anybody who eats ice cream before puberty will become a serial killer. Sounds ludicrous, right? But the fact a large number of serial killers abused animals in their youth DOES NOT MEAN that people who are cruel to animals are prone to be serial killers.

        There is world of difference between being willing to kill a dumb animal and being willing to murder a human being – unless of course you are one of those miscreants who doesn’t appreciate the difference – and if you are one of these, please don’t project your pathology onto the rest of us.

        The stark reality is that people who murder other humans suffer from the same pathology: they too can’t appreciate the value of a human life and see other people as just dumb animals.

        Jim is right: it is your pathological mindset that is the real threat.

      • Deb

        A pet’s life is worth more than a human’s!

    • Lee

      Your an idiot

      • Tim

        You’re the idiot Mr. Spelling.

    • JDoe

      After staying SO many sleepless nights listening to TWO barking dogs, I can see where Scott H is coming from. I too, have VERY inconsiderate neighbors who feel that their dogs are letting their “voices” be heard and no amount of complaining helps.
      I LOVE animals, but the constant barking and lack of sleep CAN indeed cause one to consider what one never thought they would consider. It’s like some sort of TORTURE to be sleep deprived and then listen to the constant barking all day…and torture makes people do strange things….

      Could I cut an innocent dog? NO….but have I thought of a “laced” meatball going over the fence on more than one occasion ..ABSOLUTELY !

      • sonnyboy

        Just report the owner’s of the dog. The police give them a warning and next time it’s a ticket. It isn’t the dogs fault either. It’s the owners’ who don’t train them. If they can’t do that, they should not have a dog.

      • Erik

        Castor beans work well too. Just cut up a couple and put them in a meatball. I did it to the neighbors nonstop yapping mutts and was happy that it didn’t even kill them, they just became catatonic, so win-win!

      • James McKinnon

        Yeah, get some cheese-flavoured rat-poison, slice open a cheap round-steak, insert the rat-poison and wing it over the fence! Your problem’s gone for good!

    • swissik

      Princess’s death was entirely preventable. If the owners were sensible they would leave the dog inside their house when they have to leave. In addition, there are items like muzzles, bark collars and such if the dog cannot be otherwise trained not to bark. These people should not be able to obtain another dog. There is no excuse for stabbing the animal, but sometimes people simply snap in anger.

      • AmyJ

        Agreed – I have two dogs myself, and as soon they start barking at our neighbors, we bring them inside. It’s just plain neighborly courtesy. They are never left outside when we are gone from the house and if we knew of anyone spitting at them or showing animosity towards them because of their barking, they certainly wouldn’t be left alone outside EVER.

        If you live in the country, having a barking dog is a necessity and it hardly bothers anyone. If you live by a busy thoroughfare, a barking dog is a nightmare for everyone involved. Princess’ owners could have saved her life by simply employing common sense. I agree that they should be prevented from ever owning an animal within city limits again, as they’ve proven incapable of protecting and caring for a dog properly.

    • James McKinnon

      You are clearly mentally ill, to suggest the electric chair for someone who kills a dog? You’re insane, get some meds. and stop posting yer mad drivel.

      • Droffat

        Really? And people who give tips on how to kill their neighbours’ pets are stellar individuals? The trouble with most of the mentally ill is that they don’t know they’re mentally ill. You are one of them.

    • FedUp Florida

      tl;dr. Animals are not human. If the thing barked all day and the owner wouldn’t do the right thing by keeping it inside, then oh well. Maybe it’s time to take the peanut butter off your privates, let fluffy off the hook and find a human. Just sayin’.

      • Deb

        People are the dumbest animals of them all, the majority of the comments here prove it.


      you’re a moron – a pet is not a human – i hope your dog is next

  • susan

    So sorry about Princess. I hope they find whoever did it and that something bad happens to him/her. You are so right fed up with our state weak law system, the prisoners even joke about their time when they get out like it was a vacation.

  • Christine

    I am SO SORRY for your loss. My dog is my baby too and I just cannot imagine. I can’t believe that someone could do this to any animal let alone someone’s beloved pet in their own yard! I pray that this individual is found. I’m sure they have told someone. All it takes is one person to come forward so that justice can be served. No animal deserves such a vicious death. RIP Princess.

    • John Dodge

      Kill the killer! It’s ok.

  • Robin Lynn Mills O

    Thank you so much for the condolences, everyone. I am so lost without her and all the “firsts” that I do without her are so heartbreaking. I miss her greeting me when I come home from school, I miss her going outside with me, and I miss her sleeping at the foot of my bed. Others have said that the person will brag about it and I’m hoping someone will hear/overhear the conversation and come forward. The heartless person who did this needs to pay for what he/she did.

    • elainehawk

      Robin, your dog was probably barking and driving people insane…learn a lesson here. DON’T LEAVE your dog outside when you are gone to bark incessantly… Obviously your dog drove someone insane!!!!! It’s not okay to just let your dog bark! I lived by people like you….you think your dog has as much rights as people……THEY DON’T !!!!!!

    • Nancy Fisher Pritchett

      I just saw this video off my facebook and it so heart breaking.Literally as a dog owner myself could it sadens me of the cruelty aflicted on helpless animals who trust humans.Sympathy goes out to you and yours.May they find the guilty party and punish them!! :*( Maybe someone was trying to rob you and didnt want dog to bark sick people out there!!

    • rdnkkkgrl

      hon no offense how long have u lived in that area the bus route didnt bring the crime in that area down there or that way had always ALWAYS been a really bad nieghborhood….that area is worse than baltimore city n brooklyn put together u said u just got home think someone could of been trying to break in and dog scared him away or ya’ll have some enimies its yall;s pick hey you wanna do that go ahead..and robin other people r exactly right stupid people who think there so cool usually do brag about it wether it b a few days a few months a few hours or watever u just need to hope n pray someone comes forward

      • Michael

        Learn where your shift key is and how to end a sentence with proper punctuation.

    • SW

      Get a cat so you won’t have to worry about it barking all day and night and
      p*ssing off your neighbors.

    • Fed Up With Inconsiderate Pet Owners

      @Robin Lynn Mills, did you ever consider your neighbors did not enjoy a dog that barks constantly?

      Ever considered taking one grain of responsibility for this yourself?

      • Military Vet

        Maybe we should cut off your hands or stab you because we are sick of seeing your dumb arse comments on the web.

    • James McKinnon

      Think about this you fool; if you had done ONE SINGLE THING to mitigate your dog’s endless barking at innocent people this never would have happened! Its YOUR fault, idiota!

      • TexasJ

        Innocent people don’t kill dogs, cats, or any other pet. If you have a problem, take it to the authorities. You are not the judge and jury, and one day you will be called to account for your presumptuousness.

      • Mr. Nabokov

        You nailed it! I own a dog, but these people who own pets and think it’s OK to just leave them outside to bark at every single thing that moves and that it won’t drive somebody to drastic measures (i.e. beating the animal to death with a bat while you’re at the casino) are at the root of the problem. Pets are a luxury item in many places in the world….except here. Here, just like kids and huge car payments, any idiot that wants one can have one. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve dreamed up elaborate ways of ridding the world of my neighbor’s annoying dog…the thing is, this guy followed through. Keep your annoying dog IN THE HOUSE and this won’t happen to you!

    • Deb

      I am sorry for all the ignorant posts on here. I am very sorry for your loss and hope that the monster that did this is brought to justice.

      • Dani

        Thank you, Deb, for all your kind posts on here. The neighbors weren’t the problem. It was the people that walked through my neighborhood, didn’t own a house, didn’t pay taxes, that were the ones that complained about the dog. My neighbors probably appreciated the fact that my dog barked at these people. All because they couldn’t walk on the other side of the street. The would rather stand there an argue with a dog to stop barking. Insanity is rampant on here. This story was posted on the Drudge Report as “Shock: Barking Dog Stabbed in Backyard” .. that is where a lot of this idioacy is coming from. People can state their opinions without calling people names like fools, idiots, etc. I hope that people have more compassion if/when they experience a tragic loss of their own.

  • barbara

    Thiis is a damn shame to hurt ab innoent dog or cat. The person or people who did this crime should have pay. Killing and animal is in front of kiiling people. They are sick individuals. Hell is a perfect place for them.

    • Children Matter More

      And how do you feel about Abortion, barbara? Do you have the same feeling about those who take innocent human life?

      • Deb

        Why do you pro-lifers always have to bring your rhetoric to every forum? This is about an animal, take your beliefs to a forum where they belong!

  • Thea

    This is so sad and I am sorry about the lost of your family member. Today, my cat was shot with a BB gun and is now paralyzed. I’m am so distraught over this and understand how you feel. I can’t grasp the reason why someone would hurt an animal in anyway. I am so sorry.

    • Robin Lynn Mills O

      I am so sorry about your cat. People are extremely sick and despicable. The time will come and they will get theirs..

      • Thea

        Thank you and justice will be served. I hope anyone with info about your dog comes forward because they need to go to jail for the moronic and sick hateful thing they did. I’m tired of hearing about these types of stories and those responsible are not found or get a slap on the wrist.

      • FedUp Florida

        Have you owned up to your ignorance yet, white tr*sh f*tty? Your ignorance and inconsideration of others caused this. Too bad. Next time, keep your poop machine in the house or put a muzzle on it. Just because you enjoy incessant dog barking does not mean your neighbors do. This is a victory for them.

        In the mean time, try dropping a hundred pounds, get off food stamps and contribute to society in a meaningful way.

    • S.Lynn

      If your cat was in my yard it would have been shot, too.

      • Tom

        S.Lynn – You’re an arsehole.

    • Susanna Gordon

      These writers who do not seem to understand the ramifications of animal cruelty seem oblivious to the fact that while not all animal abusers end up in prison for violent crimes. most people in prison for violent crimes started out with escalating cruelty to animals.

      The only way to bring this home to cold, insensitive people who do not see anything wrong with crimes against animals, is to remind them that the next step will be cruelty to children.

      While those of us who agonize over crimes to helpless animals get it immediately, the only way you can appeal to the humans who are themselves cruel and indifferent, is to put it in self-centered terms they can understand.

      That said, these people should have paid attention to the fact that they exposed their dog to danger, in a crimes ridden neighborhood.

      • Stevo

        I ate a cat today with some hot sauce and herbs. Tomorrow, I’m going to eat a dog! Then by the weekend, I should have worked up a nice taste for some fine little children. Who knows? By next week, I might become evil and twisted enough to become Susanna!

      • Jim Nicastro


        Nothing wrong with eating these verminous animals, the Asians have fed us them in their restaurants for years and the animal lovers have really loved to munch away on cat and dog.

        Heck, when my dog died, I couldn’t let that good meat go to waste, I sliced, diced and we ate off that sucker for a couple of weeks. The other dog loved it as well.

      • Rude Hicks

        You are an idiot!

        The person who stabbed the dog did so because the dog was always barking. They probably stabbed it to try and disable its voice box. the guilty part here are the rude hick owners who have no inkling of consideration for their neighbors.

        I am 35 and I have never hurt an animal in my life, but if my neighbor had a dog which never stopped barking and this upset the sleep of my baby son I and the neighbor refused to resolve the issue I would not hesitate to fix the dog. That does not in any way mean I am going to become a violent person.

      • Dogloard

        @ Rude Hicks: If you touched a dog, rest assured someone will fix you in much the same way. Perhaps always having to sit when using the bathroom would be fitting karma-wise. Perhaps people will have a problem with your son’s bad manners in public when he turns 2 or 3 and is loud despite your best parenting skills. How would you feel if someone fixed your son in the same way you proposed with the dog?

      • Feste Ainoriba

        @Susanna Gordon:
        Your logic is badly flawed (and you even acknowledge it and then go on anyway to make a false assertion). “if a then b” does not imply “if b then a”. To wit: all serial killers ate ice cream during their formative years, therefore anybody who eats ice cream before puberty will become a serial killer. Sounds ludicrous, right? But the fact a large number of serial killers abused animals in their youth DOES NOT MEAN that people who are cruel to animals are prone to be serial killers.

        There is world of difference between being willing to kill a dumb animal and being willing to murder a human being – unless of course you are one of those miscreants who doesn’t appreciate the difference – and if you are one of these, please don’t project your pathology onto the rest of us.

        The stark reality is that people who murder other humans suffer from the same pathology as those who don’t value human life above that of a dumb animal: they too can’t appreciate the value of a human life and see other people as just dumb animals to be slaughtered.

        Those who try to elevate the value of animal life to be on par with the value of human life will only serve to unwittingly cheapen the value of human life. Rather than stem animal cruelty, the net effect will be an increase in violent crime.

      • James McKinnon

        “…most people in prison for violent crimes started out with escalating cruelty to animals.”

        That is a STUPID LIE…Because you cannot back it up with the numbers…You have zero idea if your foolish statement is true of not; so, in the future, DON’T make similar moronic statements, or you’ll get called on them just like now….

      • FedUp Florida

        @Dogloard – children are not dogs and dogs are not children/human. Apples and oranges, kook. Let’s put a nonstop barking dog next to your house for a month and see if you change your mind.

    • swissik

      Not to be coldhearted but perhaps your cat was digging up someone’s garden. This happens with cats and to prevent it being shot keep it indoors at all times. As it is, it would be kind to put the cat down in order to stop its suffering. Our cats were over 20 years old before they died of old age.

    • FedUp Florida

      OMG! A dime a dozen lady. Feeble minded sheep.

      • Deb

        You are without a doubt one of the most moronic posters on here.

    • JA

      I’m so sorry, Thea. There are some sick and cruel people out there. Thankfully, even if you never find who did this, God has promised to bring to ruin those who are ruining the earth – and that includes people who do such terrible things to his animal creation. (Rev. 11:18; Prov. 12:10)

  • Bethany Marsh

    I am so sorry. This is horrible and I truly hope whatever monster did this gets what’s coming to them! : (

  • Cathy

    I am so so sorry! And yes the bus route or light rail area has a lot to do with it,I live in owings mills whixh I have for yrs,ever since the light rail came by the mall there has been crime,half the mall has been shut down, but it is a shame no matter where you live you cannot have your pet out, how about that god that got shot for walking up the street with its owner,or the dog in the dog park,people are just cruel,just think if they do this to a poor animal,think what they will do to a human,I hope they get this person,they need to trreat these cases like when people do crimes.Mavbe someone can start a petition on line and send to the governor,I do not know how to start it

  • Ruth Carr

    i hope they find the people or person who has done this to this adorable dog,what could this dog do to someone so bad to make them want to stabbed and kill an innocent little dog why cause she was barking,well thats pretty sad are people going around cutting your tongue out when they are tired of listening to you talking and screaming i hope and pray they find out who did this and give them what they deserve,as an animal lover myself,it hurt ready this story,my heart and prayers go out to the family i hope to god they get them soon

  • c Hope

    It isapalling that this could happen to a family pet while in her own yard.
    I hope they find and prosecute, and make this individual do time in an animal shelter as part of their re-hab. They obviously don’t respect life on any level. What kind of monster is this individual, that is still roaming the streets. Lets hope your dog did not die in vein and her bark will be heard even after her untimely death by the law makers , that need to strengthen the laws against animal cruelty.
    Your family is in our prayers.

  • Cathy

    I think there ought to be a partition going around and send it to the gov and mayor making a new law that any animal abusor or killer be treated as if a person,just because they cannot talk they have feelings and hurt like a human.

    • Retired SOF guy

      Uh, the executive doesn’t make the laws. And animals do not equate to humans, except in the minds of you on the far-left who would oppose meat as food, animals for labor, and yes, even oppose animals as pets (it’s unnatural, it’s like slavery, etc etc.)

    • Cathy Is Insane

      @cathy you are apparently a product of our failed public school system. Let me know the next time a dog cures a disease, invents a better medicine, builds a space shuttle, or changes humanity with insightful philosophy.

      Maybe then I’ll assign them the same worth as humans who do those very things.

      • Deb

        Let me know the next time a dog commits murder, lies, steals, loves only under certain conditions, and is consumed by greed. Maybe then I’ll assign them the same worth as humans who do those very things.

  • Ricardo maxwell

    This is so sad and so outrageous I can hardly stand it. I suspect that I know exactly what kind of criminal this was. One of those that we see on the news every day participating in some kind of gang warfare or “flash mob” mugging. I am also suspicious of the timing of the increase in such horrible crimes and incidents.They seem to have increased logarithmically over over the last couple of years. Why?

  • Mr. H

    I am a dog lover also, but you can’t leave your dog outside and let it bark all day long while you go off to work or run errands. Dogs bark for attention, and if they don’t get any, they continue to bark – incessantly. Treat your pets as you would your children, you wouldn’t leave them unattended outside all day long while you were at work, would you? Poor dog, but the owner is the one to blame.

    • Stephen


    • Layla

      This is what I was thinking all along. I have a dog. I love her very much and I would NEVER leave her ourside unattended. Every person posting here knows someone or IS someone who lives in a neighborhood with a dog that barks constantly. That is why animals should be left INSIDE your home. Was this a sick act? Most definitely.

      Go and get another dog. There are many needing love and homes. But keep this one inside. Don’t put yourself or your neighbors through this again.

    • Alex

      Bravo! My thoughts exactly!


    Perhaps if the stupid rednecks would let the dog into the house instead of leaving it outside, the endless barking wouldn’t set off the neighborhood psycho on the poor animal. Perhaps they should have had some compassion for their dog.

  • Sara

    Why do people leave their pets UNATTENDED in a yard? Someone stole my neighbors pet and they learned she was used as bait in a dog fight. PLEASE, do NOT leave your pets unattended, EVER. There are BAD people everywhere.

  • garrett

    Dog Owners are frequently selfish people inficting their little poochie on everyone else. I can well believe this dog barked its head off all day, from early morning to late at night. Every neighborhood has two or three of these people who just cannot be bothered to pay attention to their dogs. Here is a clue. Walk the dog, pet the dog, don’t just incarcerate it in the back yard.

    • kpist

      Speaking of clues garrett, you should get one

      • flashman1854

        Here’s one for you kpist:

        Garrett is correct. unattended dogs bark, they bother people.. There is no divine right for a family to have a dog that disrupts the peace of the neighborhood, yet there are some who apparently think this.

        Killing a dog, as was done here, was wrong. The poor dog seemed like a lovable animal. But to leave a dog, unattended for some time, in a back yard (or a house for that matter), where its barking can bother neighbors is also wrong. If a family cannot take proper care of a pet, if they can not give it the attention it needs, if they can’t keep it quiet (so as not to disturb neighbors) then they should not have a pet. Period.

      • kpist is a clueless moron

        kpist, of course you make your little comment without being able to show how garrett is wrong, because you can’t. Funny how it was about getting a clue LOL, I suspect your entire being needs a clue.

    • bestimmt

      Just because you’re annoyed by someone else’s barking dog does not give you the right to kill it. If you do, you’ll go to jail. Plain and simple.

      • Alex

        It’s been proven that if a person is deprived of essential sleep can have tremendous health consequences, like heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. Owners of dogs have a responsibility to care for them properly and to avoid them from becoming a problem for the neighbors. If the owners refuse to handle the barking problem, and the local authorities cannot or will not do something, then sadly there is very little alternative. You cannot expect others to be forced to listen to a barking dog without end. While I don’t condone harming any animal, the welfare of human beings must come first! Peace and quiet are essential to health and that has to take prescedence. I don’t think police should spend any time on this case if the dog has had a history of excessive barking.
        I’m sad for the family, but remember, the animal cannot control itself. It is your job to be a responsible pet owner and maintain peace for the community.

    • dogs

      Great post, garrett, and 100% true

  • jk

    i agree with shawn patriot. yeah lets give someone the death penalty for killing a stupid dog but if you kill or molest little kids you just had a hard childhood and need help and you might serve 5 yrs tops. that makes since. PEOPLE ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANIMALS ANIMALS ARE NOT HUMANS

    • Deb

      No animals are not humans, but humans are most certainly animals!

  • Rollin

    Who knows if the dog was the only target. There maybe a lunatic running around with a knife just killing for the sake of killing.

  • kpist

    This is definitely a sociopath in the making. A person that can do this has no value of life. It won’t be long before it’s human life, if not already.

    • Retired SOF guy

      Talk about a stretch. Lib logic: If every sociopath started by killing animals (which isn’t proven fact), then everyone who kills an animal will become a sociopath. Applying that same logic to swans, if every swan is a white bird, then every white bird is a swan. Or, if every NFL quarterback is a man, then every man is an NFL quarterback in the making. How do you panicky libs every get a good night’s sleep?


        SOF– It isn’t lib logic!!! It has been proven again and again with murderers–they started out with cruelty to animals.

    • dorae

      AMEN!! and don’t pay any attention to the comment under mind. The jerk obviously doesn’t have a psychology degree. Probably never finished high school!!!

  • john

    where is the compassion for the poor neighbors of this inconsiderate dog and inconsiderate owners who let the dog bark incessantly. That type of noise can drive you crazy.

  • funkonaut

    Looks like it’s time to leave crime-ridden areas like Baltimore and most cities on the East Coast. :-(

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  • Freeland Dave

    First let me say I do offer my condolences for the loss of the dog. Most certainly this should not have happened and the person committing this heinous act should be held accountable for his or her actions to the fullest extent of the law.

    Now, having said this, while the dog may have been “great” in the eyes of the owners and even perhaps some neighbors, this very well could be an act of desperation against a chronic barking dog. Not saying this was the case but it very well could be the case.

    Had anyone ever complained to the owner or animal control about the barking this dog MAY have been doing? IF so, what was the response?

    I say this because I lived next door to an incessant barker for several years before the authorities, namely animal control and the City, took action to stop it.

    While the adult owners were at home things were fairly peaceful. However in the summer, when the parents worked and the kids were home, their beloved pet was locked out of doors and barked continuously. Great when you can’t even open your windows in the summer to catch the cool breeze because of your neighbors dog that incessantly is barking.

    During the weekends, when no one was at home, the dog was left outside and continuously barked until they arrived home. If they were home, and put the dog outside for some reason or another, again the dog barked for hours until they felt like letting him in again.

    I contacted my neighbors about their dog on numerous occasions about their dog and was literally brushed off as if their dog’s barking was my problem. I spent hours with animal control, the police and members of the City over this and they did nothing. Finally, after a couple of years, the City did something about it. They fined the owner and the barking stopped. However their son decided to retaliate on my mailbox and back fence so that didn’t exactly go over too well either.

    Finally peace was restored for about four years until I put my house up for sale and guess what? Yes, the barking problem started all over again.

    OK, the point.

    While I do not blame the dog I do blame the owner. After repeated efforts to solve something that should be easy to quickly resolve, many people, wrongly, take matters into their own hands and either kill the dog in a manner described in the article, or poison the dog, which can lead to serious problems should the poison get ingested by another animal or, worse, another human being.

    The point is that many times the owners of these dogs act like their “good” little dog doesn’t cause problems with anyone else. And if you happen to live next to one of these problems, after putting up with it over a long period of time, and have attempted to deal with the owners and city about it for a long period of time, some people, wrongly, take the matters into their own hands and the results are as we see.

    Now I am not saying this is the case but it could be the case. Yes, it was wrong for who ever did this to act the way he or she did. But many times it’s the owner, not the animal, who is mainly at fault and the other person is just taking care of the problem even though that person did it wrongly.

    So dog owners of the world. Please make sure that your animal is not causing problems for others so that things like this do not take place. I am often amused at the owners of aggressive biters who say, “He never bit anyone before.”

    The other day I was walking in the park with a friend who had her Scotty on a leash. As we were walking down the pathway we encountered a small woman walking a large Rottweiler. Before we got up to the Rotte my friend asked the woman, “Is your dog friendly.” The woman replied, “How should I know, she’s female and has a mind of her own?” At that same time the Rottweiler pulled the leash out of her hand, attacked the Scottie and the three of us literally had to pull the Rottweiler off my friends Scottie and fortunately did not get bit or have the Scottie’s throat ripped out by the Rottweiler.

    My friend was in tears and the other woman, with her dog, literally ran out of the park and we have not seen either of them since.

    Please, if you don’t KNOW how your animal is going to react in a public situation, leave them at home. Also, if you lack the physical ability to completely restrain your animal, leave your animal at home.

    Again, in all of these cases I do not blame the animal. I blame the owner of the animal. Hopefully that is not the case here and I am truly sorry the dog was taken from you in this manner. But please, if you do have an animal and someone tells you your animal is misbehaving, take immediate action so that things like this won’t happen out of misguided desperation.

    • Scott H

      I too had a bad neighbor/barking dog problem. Animal control only made them mad at me. Fortunately for me, they finally moved after a year or so. No one can understand how bad this is until they’ve experienced it.

      People. . . please know. . a barking dog can drive even a good person over the edge given enough time. The person with the knife is no more guilty than the people who allowed the dog to bark.

      • Rude Hicks

        Exactly right, except that I would take matters into my own hands. The guy who took his neighbors dog on a ride to the country sounds like a great resolution. 50 miles = 6 gallons of gas. Yea, I’d pay that to solve the situation.

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    • johnbald2

      Very good perspective on the situation, sad that someone can hurt a animal that way but the owner is not without blame. I belong to a group called “Stop the noise” and there are thousands of people that get physically ill because of noise. Yes it is a health hazard and has been recognized as such by the World Health Organization and the Federal Government since 1972

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