Dog attacked by another dog: owner’s responsibility

Anne Babin lives in Carleton-sur-Mer. For 12 years, she was Léa’s mistress, but on July 16, everything changed. At a private campground in the city, his dog, weighing only 3.5 kg, was attacked by a Great Dane, a very strong breed that weighs about 70 kg on average.

The attack was fatal to the small dog.

The dog Léa was killed by another dog while in the arms of her owner.

Photo: Courtesy of Anne Babin

Anne Babin was walking towards her trailer, rocking bike in hand, after the animal had left to briefly explore the land of its neighbours. C’est à ce moment que la bête s’est mise debout pour me sauter dessus et m’a arraché mon chien des bras. Elle l’a pris dans sa gueule, lui a broyé le thorax, percé le cœur et l’a rejeté au sol. La dame n’a pas été en mesure de contenir sa bête qui était trop forte et uniquement tenue par un collier“,”text”:”C’est à ce moment que la bête s’est mise debout pour me sauter dessus et m’a arraché mon chien des bras. Elle l’a pris dans sa gueule, lui a broyé le thorax, percé le cœur et l’a rejeté au sol. La dame n’a pas été en mesure de contenir sa bête qui était trop forte et uniquement tenue par un collier”}}”>That’s when the beast stood up and jumped on me and snatched the dog from my hand. She took him in her mouth, crushed his chest, pierced his heart and threw him to the ground. The woman couldn’t restrain her beast too strongly and was only held by the collarLéa’s owner said emotionally.

According to Ms. Babin, only after her dog was killed did the Great Dane release it. Mon chien s’est vidé de son sang dans mes bras sans que nous puissions faire quoi que ce soit.“,”text”:”Mon chien s’est vidé de son sang dans mes bras sans que nous puissions faire quoi que ce soit.”}}”>My dog ​​bleeds to death in my arms and we can’t do anythingshe speaks.

The owner of the Great Dane, whose name is Tokyo, attended this scene helplessly and unable to control his animal. She was in tears, according to Mrs. Babin.

She then contacted him on social media to apologise. The Great Dane’s owner even mentioned to him that she was going the next day to bring her animal to the breeder in Gaspé, where she adopted it. She will add that she knows she was wrong and that she takes full responsibility for it.

Anne Babin holds baby Bichon Frise in her arms on the boat.

The dog Léa and her owner, Anne Babin, a few years ago.

Photo: Courtesy of Anne Babin

Michel Bourget is the owner of La Vallée des Géants, a Great Dane farm in Gaspé. It was in his home that Tokyo was born and raised before his family in Carleton-sur-Mer adopted him last summer.

For Mr. Bourget, the explanation for this attack was clear. Il n’a pas été élevé avec assez de fermeté. Ce n’est pas une race méchante le grand danois, mais ils ont besoin d’être bien élevés et avec fermeté“,”text”:”Il n’a pas été élevé avec assez de fermeté. Ce n’est pas une race méchante le grand danois, mais ils ont besoin d’être bien élevés et avec fermeté”}}”>He wasn’t raised with enough solidity. They are not a mean breed, Great Dane, but they need to be well behaved and consistenthe says.

He believes this is not the case for this family. Il était plus comme un jouet qu’un chien. Ils l’aimaient donc ils n’avaient aucune autorité et lui laissaient faire tout ce qu’il voulait. C’était lui le boss, c’était le patron là-bas. Ça aussi ça a manqué.“,”text”:”Il était plus comme un jouet qu’un chien. Ils l’aimaient donc ils n’avaient aucune autorité et lui laissaient faire tout ce qu’il voulait. C’était lui le boss, c’était le patron là-bas. Ça aussi ça a manqué.”}}”>He’s more of a toy than a dog. They love him, so they have no authority and let him do whatever he wants. He is one of the boss, he is the boss there. Miss it so muchhe say.

The problem is the owner, not the dog. »

Quote from Michel Bourget, owner of La Vallée des Géants . livestock

Since Tokyo has returned it to the breeder, the latter claims that the dog’s behavior is exemplary. Il va très bien et avec nous il est très gentil, même doux comme un agneau. Je l’amène partout en auto et il n’a montré aucune méchanceté. Je ne comprends pas ce qui s’est passé. Je ne comprends pas la réaction qu’il a eue.“,”text”:”Il va très bien et avec nous il est très gentil, même doux comme un agneau. Je l’amène partout en auto et il n’a montré aucune méchanceté. Je ne comprends pas ce qui s’est passé. Je ne comprends pas la réaction qu’il a eue.”}}”>He is doing very well and to us he is very good, even as gentle as a lamb. I drove him around and he showed no malice. I don’t understand what happened. I don’t understand his reactionhe says.

Mr Bourget confirmed that the Great Dane is not a breed recognized as dangerous or particularly aggressive towards other animals. Je n’ai jamais vu ça. Je n’ai jamais entendu parler de ça et j’ai eu des grands danois toute ma vie.“,”text”:”Je n’ai jamais vu ça. Je n’ai jamais entendu parler de ça et j’ai eu des grands danois toute ma vie.”}}”>I have never seen them. I’ve never heard of this and I’ve had great Danes all my lifehe assures.

The unpredictability of the attack also shows the level of vigilance that is always required.

You never know what can happen to a big dog, because it’s a big dog. [La propriétaire] there should have been a basket. That was the mistake she made. »

Quote from Michel Bourget, owner of La Vallée des Géants . livestock

The precedent for the Great Dane

Even though Tokyo is now doux comme un agneau“,”text”:”doux comme un agneau”}}”>soft as a lambAccording to the breeder, this is not the first time he has violently attacked another dog.

After the attack, which she said on social media, Anne Babin received statements from two owners whose dogs were attacked by the Great Dane. In their case, the attacks were not fatal. Realizing that the dog had relapsed, the three decided to file a complaint with the City of Carleton-sur-Mer.

Therefore, the animal’s level of danger will probably have to be assessed by a veterinarian. This is exactly what his breeder intends to do, who is waiting for the Town of Carleton to get back to him on the subject.

A very small dog and a very large dog six times its size are touching their muzzles.

Great Dane can weigh 70 kg. Here he is with a French mastiff (archive).

Photo: gettyimages / istockphoto / GlobalP

However, Mr Bourget intends to keep the dog at home, despite the results of the vet’s assessment. The breeder feels that he is partly responsible and wants to prevent such an incident from happening again in the future.

Michel Bourget was convinced that another attack would not have occurred if Tokyo had stayed with him. Moi je les élève bien. Je ne suis pas méchant, mais je suis ferme et c’est moi qui suis le boss.“,”text”:”Moi je les élève bien. Je ne suis pas méchant, mais je suis ferme et c’est moi qui suis le boss.”}}”>I raised them well. I’m not mean, but I’m tough and I’m human bosshe pointed out.

The role of the city

S’il est classé dangereux, je vais le garder en conséquence. Il va rester dans un enclos et quand je vais sortir avec lui, il va avoir une muselière et je ne le laisserai pas en liberté avec les petits chiens, il va toujours être en laisse.“,”text”:”S’il est classé dangereux, je vais le garder en conséquence. Il va rester dans un enclos et quand je vais sortir avec lui, il va avoir une muselière et je ne le laisserai pas en liberté avec les petits chiens, il va toujours être en laisse.”}}”>If it is rated as dangerous, I will keep it accordingly. It will stay in a cage and when I go out with it, it will have a muzzle and I will not leave it with small dogs, it will always be on a leash.Mr. Bourget said.

The City of Carleton-sur-Mer website also states that a dog weighing more than 20 kg must wear a harness or leash in public places and a dog must en tout temps être sous le contrôle d’une personne capable de le maîtriser“,”text”:”en tout temps être sous le contrôle d’une personne capable de le maîtriser”}}”>always under the control of someone who is able to control it.

In the case of Tokyo, these guidelines were not respected.

Anne Babin understands very well that municipalities cannot monitor every animal. However, she wondered if they could do more than just post legal reminders in the newspaper. Woman wants les propriétaires irresponsables“,”text”:”les propriétaires irresponsables”}}”>irresponsible owner punished.

If you can’t control your pets, you shouldn’t have one! »

Quote from Anne Babin, the owner of the dog that was fatally attacked by Léa

Anne Babin points out that it’s not always easy to report dog attacks in a small town like Carleton-sur-Mer, where everyone knows each other. However, she invites people to do so to prevent further attacks from happening and believes her dog Léa would still be alive if that was the case.

Faut-il attendre qu’un chien s’en prenne à un enfant ou un humain pour agir?“,”text”:”Faut-il attendre qu’un chien s’en prenne à un enfant ou un humain pour agir?”}}”>Should we wait for a dog to attack a child or a human to act?she asked herself.

Different dog, same problem

Last fall, Raphaële Bérubé was atop Mont Castor, in Matane, with her two dogs attached to a race car harness, when her miniature pincer, Gustave, was attacked. A dog she claimed was a bull, without an owner or leash, appeared out of nowhere, grabbed her little dog by the neck and started shaking it.

A small dog with a harness.

Gustave before the attack that nearly killed him in Matane in the fall of 2021.

Photo: Courtesy of Raphaële Bérube

Le premier réflexe que j’ai eu sur l’adrénaline c’est d’essayer de me mettre les mains dans la gueule du pitbull pour essayer de le séparer de Gus, mais je me suis fait mordre“,”text”:”Le premier réflexe que j’ai eu sur l’adrénaline c’est d’essayer de me mettre les mains dans la gueule du pitbull pour essayer de le séparer de Gus, mais je me suis fait mordre”}}”>The first reaction I had when taking adrenaline was to try to put my hand in the bull’s mouth to try to separate it from Gus, but I was bitten.young woman said.

Raphaële Bérubé recounts that during this time, two elders with whom she spoke before the attack tried to help her by hitting the animal with sticks. Moi je donnais des coups de pied sur ses côtes, je n’ai jamais autant forcé de ma vie, mais il ne lâchait pas“,”text”:”Moi je donnais des coups de pied sur ses côtes, je n’ai jamais autant forcé de ma vie, mais il ne lâchait pas”}}”>I kicked his ribs, I’ve never forced so much in my life, but he won’t let goshe remembers.

Finally, after what seemed like eternity, the pit bull let go of his dog after hearing its hiss.

His masters are like 500m away, at the other end of the mountain. I shouted. I shouted murder. I could be heard 20 kilometers away and they didn’t come. And suddenly, I heard a hiss and the dog let go of Gustave. »

Quote from Raphaële Bérubé, owner of the dog Gustave

Trembling, Miss Bérubé quickly grasped the urgency of the situation. Mon chien était skinné comme un lapin. Tout coupé et sa peau tout arrachée. Je prends Gus dans mes bras et on a couru en bas de la montagne.“,”text”:”Mon chien était skinné comme un lapin. Tout coupé et sa peau tout arrachée. Je prends Gus dans mes bras et on a couru en bas de la montagne.”}}”>My dog ​​has skin like a rabbit. All were cut and his skin was torn. I hugged Gus and we ran down the mountainshe recalls.

At the vet on duty in Rimouski, the surgery to save Gustave lasted two and a half hours. His mistress said he had about 45 stitches and that vet, a dog expert n’en revenait pas de ses blessures“,”text”:”n’en revenait pas de ses blessures”}}”>can’t get over his wound.

Although the pit bull’s owner left her contact information after the attack, she never wanted to return the $2,500 vet bill. Raphaële Bérubé thus initiated proceedings in the Small Claims Court.

The law is clear

However, the Éducaloi site clearly reminds that owners are responsible for damage caused by their animals.

The owner of a dog is still liable for damage caused by his dog even if he had no control over it at the time the damage was caused.

Source : Educationaloi.qc.ca (New window)

A small dog in a coat on the bed.

Gustave, a small dog, was attacked by another dog in Matane.

Photo: Courtesy of Raphaëlle Bérube

Today, Raphaële Bérubé insists that her dog is fine, except for the large scar. Je pense que c’est moi qui suis le plus traumatisée dans l’histoire. Mais pendant deux mois après ça il faisait des cauchemars et se réveillait la nuit en criant.“,”text”:”Je pense que c’est moi qui suis le plus traumatisée dans l’histoire. Mais pendant deux mois après ça il faisait des cauchemars et se réveillait la nuit en criant.”}}”>I think I’m the one who gets hurt the most in the storyshe admitted.

But the case did not end there. Raphaële Bérubé discovered that her friends were neighbors with the owner of the bull that attacked Gustave. His friends also claim that their dog was targeted by this bull, who, according to them, should never be on a leash.

Ms. Bérubé denounces the City of Matane’s inaction in this filing.

I told them there had been an attack by a pit bull, firstly banned in the territory by city regulations, and secondly, it was a violent attack with police records and they do nothing. »

Quote from Raphaële Bérubé, owner of the dog Gustave

This young woman insisted that she was not seriously considered by her contacts in the city.

The city will answer him qu’elle ne s’occupe pas de cas comme ça“,”text”:”qu’elle ne s’occupe pas de cas comme ça”}}”>that she doesn’t handle cases like thatmentions gaur evaluation, even after Raphaële Bérubé had referred them to a veterinarian who specialized in surgery for Gustave.

Si les municipalités ont des règlements, qu’ils les appliquent, lance Raphaële. Imagine si j’avais été avec un enfant. Et si j’avais été seule sans mes chiens, est-ce qu’il m’aurait sauté dessus? Parce que mes chiens sont zéro agressifs, ils sont super bien élevés et on venait de courir 8 km. Ils étaient brûlés, mais il nous a attaqués“,”text”:”Si les municipalités ont des règlements, qu’ils les appliquent, lance Raphaële. Imagine si j’avais été avec un enfant. Et si j’avais été seule sans mes chiens, est-ce qu’il m’aurait sauté dessus? Parce que mes chiens sont zéro agressifs, ils sont super bien élevés et on venait de courir 8 km. Ils étaient brûlés, mais il nous a attaqués”}}”>If municipalities have regulations, they must apply them, launching Raphaële Bérubé. Imagine if I were with a child. And if I was alone without my dogs, would he jump on me? Since my dogs are not aggressive, they are super well behaved and we have only run 8km. They were burned, but he attacked us.

Anne Babin and Raphaële Bérubé both denounced the cities’ lack of effort and inaction regarding their records. The two women hope that commitments will be made to prevent the drama they experienced with their dogs from recurring.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.