Attack kills dog in Lasalle Park

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A woman was walking her pug at the off-leash area at Lasalle Park on Thursday, when it was attacked by a Newfoundland.
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PC in Jamestown

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Apr 13, 2008
 
I own "Newfies" and 2 other small dogs. There is not a mean or vicious bone in a Newfoundland.

If this happened, it is my opinion that the Newfie thought the pug was a play toy (stuffed animal) and accidentally hamed the pug.

Please do not stereotype the precious loving nature of the Newfoundland Breed.
S in Williamsville

North Tonawanda, NY

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Apr 13, 2008
 
How sad, I love pugs.
Kathy

Buffalo, NY

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Apr 13, 2008
 
what a cute little pug....so very very sad. the owner of the newfoundland should defintely be repsonsible for the horrible happening! I LOVE cats and do not own a dog BUT cant's these owners of dog control them. Was this large dog on a leash.....leash rules? I would have swooped up my pug into my arms, also. Control big dogs if you have them in the park....i did not know that "stuffed animals" move???????
RAY

East Aurora, NY

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Apr 13, 2008
 
This incident happened inside the dog park where your dog is not supposed to be on a leash.As someone who uses the dog park often.I can say that all of us who use it are very sad this happened.I feel sorry for both people involved.This tragic incident reinforces the need for an area strictly for small dogs.Dogs the size of the poor little guy that was killed need their own area for more than just the risk from attacks(which seldom occur)but for risk of being hurt from being caught up in larger dogs just playing with each other.I have seen people knocked over by a group of dogs just playing.I just hope that the dog park doesn't suffer in the long run.It has been a god send for those of us who need a place for our pets to run and play.
loves dogs

Buffalo, NY

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Apr 13, 2008
 
Dogs are pack animals. To allow dogs from all over to run free with each other is looking for trouble. I can't believe that A vetwould see a DOG PARK a good place for all size dogs to romp together. In my experience, It as always been wise to introduce dogs one on one slowly. In an enviroment where several dogs are let loose to run, there is bound to be trouble. My heart goes out to both dogs. Neither deserved to die. Now I believe both owners shoul be held responsible.
LASMOKES

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Apr 13, 2008
 
Lasalle Park is a problem area that we all see..I have been to dog parks in different areas of the country and i think that a solution to this horrible tragedy is this:
3 octogon fenced in areas designed for
small dogs, medium dogs, and large dogs.. which will deter big dogs from attacking little dogs.. If your dog is too aggressive than they should where muzzles at the park and kept on a lesh at all times!
Only let your dog of there leshes if you know that your dog is capable of playing well with other dogs..
richard

Buffalo, NY

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Apr 13, 2008
 
Lasalle park should not let animals run loose.....humans can get hurt,also. It is truly ashame that this INNOCENT pug was out to enjoy the day....and meets such a "fate" Boy, was he ever cute!!!!!!!! I can not believe that this newfoundland thought that it was a "stuffed animal" either!!!!!!!!!! Control your dogs!!!!!!!! Rest in peace little pug!
Mother of 3

Buffalo, NY

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Apr 13, 2008
 
My heart goes out to the pug owner.

I am also an owner of a Newfie. For those of you who are not familiar with the breed, yes they are huge, however they are gentle giants. "Nana" in Peter Pan is a Newf. I can't see a Newfie attacking a dog to kill it. Maybe the size and weight difference played a huge roll in this death. A Newf could step on toy/small dog and kill it. I do agree that a dog should not be taken out into a play area unless the ownwer has complete and total control. Previous reports indicate that the dog dragged the owner across the park and in addtion had two other dogs of sizable stature on leads as well. The owner is totally responsible for this tragedy and because of their lack of leadership, two dogs have died and the owners of the Pug puppy are hearbroken.
richard

Buffalo, NY

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Apr 13, 2008
 
LASMOKES wrote:
Lasalle Park is a problem area that we all see..I have been to dog parks in different areas of the country and i think that a solution to this horrible tragedy is this:
3 octogon fenced in areas designed for
small dogs, medium dogs, and large dogs.. which will deter big dogs from attacking little dogs.. If your dog is too aggressive than they should where muzzles at the park and kept on a lesh at all times!
Only let your dog of there leshes if you know that your dog is capable of playing well with other dogs..
i agree muzzle ALL dogs
Amy

Buffalo, NY

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Apr 13, 2008
 
While some dog breeds are not usually attack animals, there are times when dogs attack. I cannot say that the newfoundland breed is a vicious breed but this dog obviously was. The pug on the other hand was a puppy, and it don't take much of a big dog to kill a puppy. The newfoundland has also been put to sleep (quite quickly), which makes me wonder if he has been an aggressive dog before this event. Regardless of the circumstances, there should be special areas for small dogs, and large dogs, and also they should have restrictions on large dogs as they are more likely to harm someone or something compared to a smaller dog.
Kathy

Buffalo, NY

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Apr 13, 2008
 
On December 26th 2007 my dog (9 lbs) was attacked and killed in MY back yard by my neighbors black Lab. I had complained about this animal for the mininum of two years. Both my husband and I had called animal control and the police several times and nothing was ever done. We reported that this dog had attacked both my husband and I on different occasions, destroyed our landscaping, deficated in our flower garden and attacked our dog still nothing was done. Each time I notified the owners of the dog and they did not even attempt to keep the dog under control. After the incident with my little dog being attacked I tried everything to have this dog taken away or put down. Nothing was done, I hit a brick wall with the town, the SPCA and the local police. Why is it not mandatory that if your animal causes injury to another domestic animal and it is not out your property that the animal is not destroyed. Its crazy - My heart is broke and yet I have to see the dog that killed my pet every day because they live next door to me. People need to be accountable for their pets if you can't control them you should not have them. Please contact me if you know of anything that can be done. Thank you
PS. It was nice to see that the owners of the newfoundland did the right thing
Get real

Olean, NY

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Apr 13, 2008
 
PC in Jamestown wrote:
I own "Newfies" and 2 other small dogs. There is not a mean or vicious bone in a Newfoundland.
If this happened, it is my opinion that the Newfie thought the pug was a play toy (stuffed animal) and accidentally hamed the pug.
Please do not stereotype the precious loving nature of the Newfoundland Breed.
You can't be serious. Play toy?(stuffed animal)?All dogs with teeth can do a lot of damage. the thought of letting them wild is beyond comprehention. What is the mayor thinking about. Whats next? A small child . Leash your animals. And in The nufey case if the dog is too strong and you can't hold your dog back maybe you need a smaller dog.... precious loving breed ? Yea right.
Bill

Buffalo, NY

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Apr 13, 2008
 
Most towns have a dangerous dog ordinance, check with your local Dog Control Officer.
Michelle

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Apr 13, 2008
 
It is very sad the the Newfoundland was killed for being a dog. There is inherent risk to having your dog off leash, even more so when there are other dogs around. If that Pug had been on leash it may still be alive. Who knows?

My dogs are always on leash when there is any chance of other dogs in the area. Even on leash I have to be careful because my male is dog aggressive. I've had other people's dogs run up to my LEASHED dog and cause problems.

"Dog parks" are disasters waiting to happen.
richard

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Apr 14, 2008
 
Michelle wrote:
It is very sad the the Newfoundland was killed for being a dog. There is inherent risk to having your dog off leash, even more so when there are other dogs around. If that Pug had been on leash it may still be alive. Who knows?
My dogs are always on leash when there is any chance of other dogs in the area. Even on leash I have to be careful because my male is dog aggressive. I've had other people's dogs run up to my LEASHED dog and cause problems.
"Dog parks" are disasters waiting to happen.
killed for being a dog????? HUH???? is this what we have domesticated animals for?????? Hellllllo
Ginger D Schroder

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Apr 14, 2008
 
I beg to disagree. I would ask those with negative opinions about the dog park, please visit for yourself to see what a wonderful thing it is before passing judgment. The LaSalle dog park (which is an enclosed fenced area within the larger park itself) has been an absolute godsend to those of us that live in the city with dogs who need more exercise than walking or even running on a leash can do. It has been used by over 2000 people and their canine companions safely and responsibly since it opened almost a year ago. There are over 500 dog parks in the United States and very very few have reported any problems.
This was a tragedy. While Newfoundlands are generally incredibly gentle dogs, just like with people, sometimes you just get a dog with problems and aggression and those dogs should not be brought into that enviornment. I have personally spoken with the owners of the pug that died, and they are very supportive (yes, still) of the park and all it has done for so many people and good dogs.
Off-Leash Areas foster a sense of community by providing a safe, accessible environment for all users, including the elderly and physically challenged owners unable to properly exercise their dogs and to interact in a positive manner with other members of the community.
While the possibility of dog aggression always exists, an Off-Leash Areas are generally considered ‘neutral’ territory by dogs where they can socialize with other dogs and people. Within the fenced park, a separate fenced facility should be provided for smaller dogs, thus reducing the possibility of smaller dogs being injured. We have been diligently working towards this goal with the city and the county. Please join with us.
Dogs that interact with other dogs and people are better socialized to the community and less likely to demonstrate anti-social behavior. Again, this was a terrible tragedy, and an very very unusual occurence.
I invite you (or anyone else that has a negative opinion perhaps fostered in part by this story) to come to the park with me and my two lovable Chesapeake Bay Retrievers and watch them romp and play with many other great dogs, large and small and I sincerely believe that the experience will change your mind...quickly. The first time I let them loose in the dog park and watched them run and retrieve, which is what they were born to do, it brought tears to my eyes to see how joyful they were. You can reach me at Schroder Joseph and Associates. This will not let me list my number.
elaine

Buffalo, NY

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Apr 14, 2008
 
the park must be a nice enviorment for dogs of all sizes BUT TO AVOID "MISHAPS" ALL DOGS SHOULD BE MUZZLED!!!!!!!!!! I personally LOVE cats who just do no harm to others of its species, maybe feral ones??? In any case, i can not believe that the pug's owners would not be screaming with grief to actually watch their beloved pet get "chewed" alive! please go to your local shleter and adopt a sweet little kitten or elderly cat.....which should definiely be kept "indoors" to keep it safe from predators.They provide cuddly love and companionship!!!!!!!!!!
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Apr 14, 2008
 
Ginger D Schroder wrote:
I beg to disagree. I would ask those with negative opinions about the dog park, please visit for yourself to see what a wonderful thing it is before passing judgment. The LaSalle dog park (which is an enclosed fenced area within the larger park itself) has been an absolute godsend to those of us that live in the city with dogs who need more exercise than walking or even running on a leash can do. It has been used by over 2000 people and their canine companions safely and responsibly since it opened almost a year ago. There are over 500 dog parks in the United States and very very few have reported any problems.
This was a tragedy. While Newfoundlands are generally incredibly gentle dogs, just like with people, sometimes you just get a dog with problems and aggression and those dogs should not be brought into that enviornment. I have personally spoken with the owners of the pug that died, and they are very supportive (yes, still) of the park and all it has done for so many people and good dogs.
Off-Leash Areas foster a sense of community by providing a safe, accessible environment for all users, including the elderly and physically challenged owners unable to properly exercise their dogs and to interact in a positive manner with other members of the community.
While the possibility of dog aggression always exists, an Off-Leash Areas are generally considered ‘neutral’ territory by dogs where they can socialize with other dogs and people. Within the fenced park, a separate fenced facility should be provided for smaller dogs, thus reducing the possibility of smaller dogs being injured. We have been diligently working towards this goal with the city and the county. Please join with us.
Dogs that interact with other dogs and people are better socialized to the community and less likely to demonstrate anti-social behavior. Again, this was a terrible tragedy, and an very very unusual occurence.
I invite you (or anyone else that has a negative opinion perhaps fostered in part by this story) to come to the park with me and my two lovable Chesapeake Bay Retrievers and watch them romp and play with many other great dogs, large and small and I sincerely believe that the experience will change your mind...quickly. The first time I let them loose in the dog park and watched them run and retrieve, which is what they were born to do, it brought tears to my eyes to see how joyful they were. You can reach me at Schroder Joseph and Associates. This will not let me list my number.
Some people think with their heart and emotions. A better iodea is to use your brain.
Big Dog Guy

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Apr 14, 2008
 
I have visited the LaSalle dog park numerous times and each time have been astonished at the irresponsible attitudes of small dog owners. It makes sense that when you get to the dog park and see 12-15 large-breed dogs on the loose that you would not put your 10 pound toy Poodle into the fray. One dog park patron said it best when he remarked "Bringing a small dog here is like letting your 5 year old child play football in the NFL". I like small dogs as much as the next guy but when they are introduced into a maurarding horde of large-breed canine muscle you can almost guarntee something will go horribly wrong.
To improve the LaSalle dog park there has to be three to four seperste areas for S, M, L and perhaps aging dogs to roam with other dogs of similar size and energy levels. Also, there must be a double-gated vestibule so that owners can safely unleash theur dogs upon arrival and not get tangled up in their leashes when the welcoming committe arrives. Often it is this initial entry that causes some dogs to get agressive because they feel confined and cannot make introductions on their own terms. This also makes for more than a few prickly humans as well when they feel that their precious dogs are being singled out for harrasment by some enthusiastic greeter dogs.
Just my .02
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Apr 14, 2008
 
Big Dog Guy wrote:
I have visited the LaSalle dog park numerous times and each time have been astonished at the irresponsible attitudes of small dog owners. It makes sense that when you get to the dog park and see 12-15 large-breed dogs on the loose that you would not put your 10 pound toy Poodle into the fray. One dog park patron said it best when he remarked "Bringing a small dog here is like letting your 5 year old child play football in the NFL". I like small dogs as much as the next guy but when they are introduced into a maurarding horde of large-breed canine muscle you can almost guarntee something will go horribly wrong.
To improve the LaSalle dog park there has to be three to four seperste areas for S, M, L and perhaps aging dogs to roam with other dogs of similar size and energy levels. Also, there must be a double-gated vestibule so that owners can safely unleash theur dogs upon arrival and not get tangled up in their leashes when the welcoming committe arrives. Often it is this initial entry that causes some dogs to get agressive because they feel confined and cannot make introductions on their own terms. This also makes for more than a few prickly humans as well when they feel that their precious dogs are being singled out for harrasment by some enthusiastic greeter dogs.
Just my .02
well, written small medium and large dogs in separate run-offs. ALL dogs should be muzzled, though!!!!!!

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