SOMETHING TO TELL THE PEOPLE OF EDMONTON?



Help for our Family dog.

On July 14 I got home from shopping, I seen my two boys playing in the yard…Through the gate i started talking to them and joking…They were so happy with their tails wagging and jumping around. I went inside and put the groceries away and sat down to relax on the sofa. I seen these two blonde boy running across the street with a long stick..

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I thought to myself uh oh looking they did something wrong…(may have or might not have). A few minutes later i heard screams like children playing. Not thinking much of it i continued to watch t.v. It wasn’t until the screams got louder that i ran outside to see what was happening..My elder neighbor came running saying there was a dog attack. I told him well its not mine i was just playing with them. My daughter rushed out to see if she could help…All hell broke loose.

Someone opened our back for what ever reason and let my dog out…He is a pitbull…Before you pass judgement, he is not a vicious dog..I say this because we heard that a lady was yelling and screaming that he being a pitbull he should not be allowed to live to kill him, hit him with a heavy pipe. My baby is not aggressive at all. He lives with his brother another pitubull, a two year old and 8 year old. he is never in trouble except for the occasional stealing from the cats bowl.

Now because of all of this and the screaming im am assuming it scared him and for some reason or another he either bit or scratched a man in the ear. Because i wasnt there when it happened i got a lot of hearsay from people..The police were not informative at all. Although when i did try to go find out, 4 or 5 woman surrounded me screaming in my face and a officer stood in front of me and had to scream at them to back off. My elder neighbors surrounded us with amazing support and backed up our baby that he was a gentle dog who made no noise except to wrestle with his brother…My delima is…He was taken for 21 days on probation to watch his behavior. In no way shape or form was this his doing. He was in HIS yard playing.. its very enclosed and secure. The gate that was opened is very heavy it has to be unlocked with a slide lock on the inside and then lifted to be opened.

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I want to know if anyone has dealth with anything like this and the out come…He has a loving family and his brother is already showing signs of depression from him not being here. If anyone anyone had seen anything that could help him come home please post it here and i will msg you. Yes i know at the end of the day he bit someone. He bit and there were stitches involved..it wasn’t bad but i know, i myself would be traumatized by a dog bite of any size..Im so sorry.

He is not like that please understand this. My heart is breaking but im also so angry with whoever let him out….your had no right to come into my yard…(i was told teenagers come in looking for bottles). To the lady with the pipe that hit him yelling that he had should be killed because of his breed..please educate yourself..you have small dog as well but know if that baby was cornered he would also defend himself and i would never ever yell for any animal to be killed because of what he looks like. If you were all so terrified of him why did you stand there that night hugging him and petting refusing to let me hold him? Yes eventually did just take him and hold him till they took him away.

I know this is a long story but my heart is so broken and im praying my baby will come home to us. If you need to vent over pit-bulls here go right ahead…but remember he is a part of our family and we love him as you love your little ones.


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102 thoughts on “Help for our Family dog.

  1. I’m so sorry you’re going through this. Please remember that too many people are totally ignorant about pitties. Society and abusive owners have made them out to be bad. I have met many in my life and everyone are sweet, loveable, funny, harmless dogs. I wish you all the luck. Karma to the woman with the pipe. I would demand she be charges with cruelty.

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  2. It’s ridiculous how people came into your property (trespassing) yet your the one going through hell. Yes maybe your pup should have been better trained to stay in his yard but still. Hope this turns out well in the end

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  3. I am sorry this happened to you. I had people leaving my gates open and caught the gas guy swinging what looked like a medal detector at my dog, after he trespassed on my yard. I now ALWAYS lock my gates with key locks and if you need to get in my yard you must come to my door. The gas and electrical companies must phone 24 hours ahead to let me know they need to come in my yard. When you get your babies back I might suggest that you do that too. My neighbour does it also for the protection of his dogs.

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    1. The metal detector thingy is a wand to check for leaks. students employed by Atco spend the summer going to every house in the city checking for leaks on your meters outside. They are supposed to make noise as they approach and not enter any yards with dogs not on a leash that’s safe to enter into. The leak checks are extremely important and they can’t be done on appointments with every home owner unfortunately.

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    2. I dont get the connection about the metal detector and just being courteous and closing the door when ur finish. Uhh i think its courteous to just close the door.

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    3. Faith Dubuc Stasiuk It is a shame you ( and your neighbours, or anyone really) have to go to such a extreme measure just to ensure that people respect your family, property and contents.

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  4. If you have independent witnesses that can verify that strangers came into your yard and let your dog out then you may have hope, but he may have to be placed on some sort of restricted list.

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  5. This ticks me off to no end. Dogs are a product of their environment and training, nothing more. We’re fostering a pit right now and she is the sweetest girl. If we could we would have no problem keeping her. I really hope this works out for you and your dog does not pay the price for ignorance and prejudice.

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  6. This is sad. My German Shepherd is 10 years old. Up until he was about 6 years old he loved everyone, especially kids then we moved. He started to freak out when kids would run passed him. Turns out the kids a few doors down were running up and down the alley and they would taunt my dog, tease him, throw rocks at him, poke at him through the fence. We put a stop to it but unfortunately the damage was done. Now anytime my dog sees a kid running he doesn’t know he freaks out so no more public places with
    out a muzzle just in case. He is great with kids that he knows but is wary of strange kids running and I don’t blame him. People need to teach their kids to respect animals.

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    1. Grrrr! Yes people need to teach their kids how to treat animals. In our old neighborhood there was a gang kids who i saw tormenting a german shepherd down the alley, jumping up on the fence, hitting the fence with a pole, etc. and I went storming out of my house and gave them shit and told them that was animal abuse and that dog could bite them, threatened I would call the police…didn’t see it happen again. Everyone, with pets or not, should teach their children how to interact with animals and respect them.

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    2. Ya it’s really sad. My guy went from loving to play with kids to terrified they are going to hurt him. Its sad because my daughter is 8 and that is her buddy. He adores her but anytime she has a friend over I have to put him away of they are running around and playing until he gets to know them because he gets spooked and starts barking and will chase.

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  7. Padlock your gate so nonone can open it … we have to be so careful to protect our bully breeds. I hope for a good outcome for you I really do, unfortunately bully breeds usually do not do well in a shelter setting, so I hope and pray he doesn’t shut down in the shelter as if he does show agression he won’t be returned 🙁

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  8. I’m so sorry you are going through this.

    The breed doesn’t matter. No one should come into your yard no matter what. He was just doing his job protecting his home and his family.

    I have had something similar happen to a friend. The good news is, he probably will not be put down but will be on a type of “probation” where he will have to wear a muzzle and be on leash at all times outside of your home (something along those lines)

    I wish you and your family the best.

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  9. I’m so sorry this happened to you , hope they can see what a loving gentle soul your dog is , and that he was provoked is some way , or scared. Not a normal behaviour at all. My sympathies to your situation. I have a Rottweiler that constantly gets misjudged.

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  10. It’s unlikely you’ll have to put it down, unless the people try to sue you or something like that. He might have to be registered as a dangerous dog, which means higher license fees, etc.

    Sorry you’re having to go through this. I’d be putting a lock on my gate now. 🙁

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  11. I’m sorry ur going thru this. I had an issue with my Dogo. My former landlord, city counsellman Micheal Oshry’s idiot wife came into my yard without any notice and my Argentine Dogo “scared” her. 2 100$ tkts later. For not controlling my dog, IN MY FENSED yard, and attack even tho he never touched her. These nasty humans committed perjury, and scared their workers into lying too and said they never knew my dog was there so they tried to evict my dog. They knew he was there. I asked to build the fence for him. The handyman would call ahead and ask me to put Boomer away so he could come in cuz he was afraid of big dogs.
    Micheal Oshry is a joke. Liar, should be in jail where he belongs.

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    1. It was so awful. And in the end we had 4 floods, the last one ruined all of our stuff. There was mould there from the previous floods. When I called the health unit in the retaliated by sending me, my mom, who lived in the unit above me, and my brother who lived in the top unit beside me(4plex) an eviction notice. Which is illegal to do, to evict someone out of retaliation, and that was clearly what it was because the 4th tenant in the 4plex didn’t get evicted, just my family members.
      We lost everything. And we got zero help, zero sympathy or compassion from them. And this man is supposed to be a representative of edmonton? He is a vile vile man. Karma is a bitch, they will get theirs in the end. I’m just happy to be away from them finally. It cost me a lot of $, and we lost everything we have acquired over the last 14 years of my daughters life. And their answer was well if you don’t like it then move.
      So much more shady stuff was done too, I could go on n on. I should have just moved and not lost my dog, but that place was all I could afford. At 800 a month inclusive, being a single mom I was hardly able to cover that and bills… the places that would take Boomer were all 1200 per month or more. But that was one of the biggest mistakes of my life. I miss him so much. The only consolation is that I know he is in an amazing home:(. In the end I lost him, and I lost everything I worked hard for material wise. And guess what, 2 years later when I went to court for the 2 tkts, took it to trial, NEITHER of them showed up, instead they sent 6 of their little cronies. Probably paid for by our tax money. They couldn’t just let it go and let me get off these bullshit fines, that AC didn’t even WANT to issue me, but they felt intimidated. Ended up having to plead to one and got the second one dropped. I knew I had no chance against them.
      Ris and I are finally out of there and in a beautiful house now, rebuilding. And we are finally now ready for another dog.
      Sorry this is so long lol, that man and his wife just make me sick to my stomach:(

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  12. Ugh. My worst fear with any of my dogs. Padlocks. It’s a pain but it keeps the dogs in and little arseholes out. Sorry you’re dealing with this. The assessment should show his true colours. Hopefully they’ll let you visit to keep things as normal as possible. Maybe offer to bring items that are his to help him not shut down.

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  13. I get it. We have a wonderful -massive- dog staying in our new yard. There’s no fence. Some people complain about his 8ft chain. They’re right…..but I don’t want the dog shot or taken because he scared someone close to the alley. He doesn’t even bark, but he’s massive! I’m not taking the chance until the fence is built. Apparently I will still need to worry.

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  14. My loving dearly departed family dog was a great gentlemen. But was aggravated and teased whenever he was left in the back yard by neighbours kids. He would bark and jump up at the fences then they would swing sticks and try to hit him as he popped up . The neighbours respond was if that dog gets out and bites my kid it’s dead.
    That is just how some people raise their kids.
    I sincerely hope for the best outcome.

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  15. Breed doesn’t matter. Ownership does….
    Parents need to reel in children, and teach them proper boundaries. So many people these days live in an “entitled” world where nothing matters
    But themselves.

    Now, your family is suffering because of ill parented children running free thinking they can do whatever they please. I am angry for you.
    As for the lady who hit your dog with a pipe? I’d smack her right back… Never fear a dog because of its breed… Fear a dog because of its owner.

    Wishing you strength, and support. Maybe see if you can get some statements, make some
    Calls and get the observation shortened.
    All you need is to prove you case by 1%. It’s called the balance of probabilities… 50% + 1…
    Character statements of the dogs from non relatives. Anyone who has associated with them… Find your own animal behaviourist for assessment. Prove your fur baby’s personality ( character witnesses) disprove the crazy lady with the pipe via the same route.
    The kids as well…

    The more statements you have the better.
    Good luck

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    1. And press charges against her for animal cruelty, and trespassing on the kids, take pics of your locks, you have to go beyond the range of “normal” thinking.
      You need to become and document every little detail.
      Measure the height of the fence ( take a pic) if the lock, ( take a pic) measure the dog ( take a pic with measurement) express there is NO way they got out… Someone opened the gate.

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  16. I had a similar incident. I had a neighbour reach through my door to pet him….. my dog was cool and sniffed his hand…. all was cool but then he smelled the neighbour’s two dogs and my dog went rabid.

    I felt bad for two seconds.

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    1. Not a similar incident at all. Your dog is clearly agressive and a danger to to other animals if it goes rabid on them. Disgusting that your ok with that.

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  17. I know this… if that had been my yard, whoever came in would leave in an ambulance, and it wouldn’t be the dogs they would have to worry about. Am totally sick that idiots think they can get away with anything they want and try to say that it’s not their fault that they broke into a place they weren’t authorized to be… and then try to lay blame on those who live there and their family.

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  18. This is really sad! I have two big dogs as well, and oddly enough I will come home sometimes or go in my backyard and my gate is open! We never use the gate except to put garbage in the alley. And I’m always scared my dogs will get out!
    I’m sorry about your baby, my guess is they will put him on probation, and have him muzzled in public.

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  19. You definitely have to fight for him. Tell them your neighbour saw & it’s the kid’s fault. I hate ignorant people who know nothing about Pitbulls but are ready to judge. They should not have been any where near your yard. Make sure you get support from Justice for Bullies & other groups if you need.

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  20. Wow Im not understanding the 21 day hold
    My Staffordshire killed my Jack Russell in my backyard when I was not home a few yrs ago Animal control took him away to be held for 10 days
    Are they going to make you pay the boarding fees after the 21 days is up if so that’s going to cost you close to $500
    I should mention the incident in my backyard should never have occurred
    My younger brother who incidentally knows nothing about dogs or body language or resource guarding which was the reason for the attack on my Jack Russell made the mistake of taking them out into the backyard to play in the pool which was the resource for Rowdy my Jack Russell

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    1. There are different holds for different reasons. Your incident was with another dog. This incident was with people, so I can imagine it is dealt with differently

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    2. Not so I had a friend who’s dog bit his girlfriends son
      Acc was called and he was allowed to keep his dog with the stipulation he quarantine the dog at home for 10 days

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  21. I absolutely love how much support you are getting!

    A member of my bully breed group shared this post and I would also like to offer our support in anyway we can. Even if it’s just the emotional/mental support of knowing that we are here for you too!

    There’s a lot of great advice. If he’s truly a great dog he will pass his probation no problem. There’s good neighbor certificates you can do here in Edmonton that you can do with him as well! Padlock your gate and keep an eye out. My dogs don’t go outside unsupervised simply because I’m a worry wart, even with locked gates.
    What we used to do out at the farm was put bear bells on the dogs so if we couldn’t hear the bell, they were too far aware or honestly up to no good!

    I hope this gets resolved.
    #edmontonbullypride

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    1. Jen, for the sign you want it’ll have to be custom made. ‘Dogs on premises’ can be bought at almost any dog store, still does the same warning but in shorter terms. I don’t think she was being catty.

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    2. I don’t think it’s the same warning, but okay. And I’ve never seen a dog on premises sign. Just “Beware of dog” and “Dogs at large” and “Dogs loose – do not open gate”

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  22. We don’t have BSL here. This is uneducated reactions from her neighbors but whether the dog were a shepherd, collie, or Labrador animal control would take them in to assess and have them in probation depending on the allegations.

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  23. I am sorry this happened to you. Fingers crossed it works out for you and your dog. I would take other’s advice and get a padlock. Please update us on what happens with your dog. Best of luck to you!

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  24. I dont even want my son to read this .. he has 2 pitbulls and they just lick you to death … if he seen this I am not sure what his language would be .. as there are more dogs out there that are extremely harmful towards humans than the pitbulls …

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  25. Def lay charges against the woman that hit your dog and the little assholes that let it out . I went through this as well with my german shepard years ago my ex neighbour was an old bitchy woman that was letting my dogs out and then call bylaw . She did it numerous times and we couldnt figure out how they could possibly get out until one day we caught her using a chair and stick and popping up my lock . We caught her hitting my dog with a stick , removing a fence board to let them out and one day she claimed they bit her and she needed stitches which i never saw but i ended up having to pay the 250 license every year as claimed she was a vicious dog right up until her passing last yr at 12 . Ridiculous they would come yearly and check on my yard, gates etc .She was never a danger and the most sweetest loyal loving dog anyone could ask for . People can just be dicks . Fight for your dog and best of luck I hope you get it back soon

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  26. I’m so sorry you are going through this! My sister is also the owner of a pit bull, she is also the most gentle dog around!!!! When I got bit by a dog, it was a little dog that bit me, unprovoked!, All dogs bite if they feel threatened or they if they are protecting someone.

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  27. I am so sorry you are going through this and I agree it is not the breed. My daughter has only ever been attacked by a dog and it was a shih tzu. I hope you get your dog back and quick. I’m not sure if it would help but maybe if you can ask those elder neighbours that were standing in support of you if they could write letters outlining their third party thoughts on how your dog truly is in his natural environment and take those letters to where he is being boarded. I know he isn’t going to be himself as he is being boarded in an unfamiliar place. I have never understood the process of boarding to see their behaviour as you are not seeing their true behaviour. I really hope you get him back.

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  28. If you can get statements from neighbours, vets etc.. as well get some sort of padlock on the fence. Clearly people can’t respect your property. If possible set up a camera for outside . Contact your mla as Well. Sometimes they can help. I’m sorry that you and you’re dogs have to subjected to the ignorance of some people. To the lady that hit your dog with a lead pipe I can only assume she is quite a nasty person.

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  29. Those kids obviously opened your gate! They thought it would be funny to open the gate and more then likely hit your dog with that big long stick! I would beat that kids ass! I have a pitty and he is like my son…if someone did that to him I would completely lose my shit!

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  30. I would highly suggest using a carabiner clip on your gate, it acts as a lock so people on the outside can’t open the gate unless they open the carabiner. I know it’s your yard and people have no right to be in it or to be opening your gate but it does happen. We have 2 pits as well and anytime they are playing I always make sure the carabiners are on the gates.

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  31. That’s exactly why I have put padlocks on both of my gates. You keep fighting for your pups. I get so angry that people won’t educate themselves about pitties. My pittie cross is the best girl I ever met.

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  32. Hopefully the kids will own up to their role in letting the dogs out. I have seen some nasty pits, and some wonderful ones.. always advised now to lock your gates because sadly stuff like this happens (or to prevent theft).

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  33. I am seriously considering carrying a knife to deal with loose dogs. There was a MASSIVE german shepard that almost attacked me and my kids last week. I will not hesitate to put down any dog in defense of my well being. That’s all I gotta say.

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  34. “Just a generation ago if you went near a dog when he was eating and the dog growled, somebody would say, ‘Don’t go near the dog when he’s eating!, what are you crazy?’ Now the dog gets euthanized. Back then, dogs were allowed to say, NO. Dogs are not allowed to say no anymore…They can’t get freaked out, they can’t be afraid, they can never signal ‘I’d rather not.’ We don’t have any kind of nuance with regard to dogs expressing that they are uncomfortable, afraid, angry, or in pain, worried, or upset. If the dog is anything other than completely sunny and goofy every second, he goes from a nice dog to an ‘AGGRESSIVE’ dog.”
    – Jean Donaldson (animal behaviorist)

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  35. For some reason the dog always suffer for people’s stupidity.
    I am sorry this has happened to you or anyone else. Every out there seems to be getting stupider and stupider. I remember as a child my Mom and I were visiting neighbours and I was playing with their dog. An old lab. My mom told me to stop as he was an old dog and she could see (she raised and trained dogs) that he was getting tired. I didn’t stop. He bit me. End result…I got a slap along side the head, a lecture about not doing as I was told, and got to go sit in the car.
    In the modern parenting world that would NEVER HAPPEN. Now it would be….shoot the dog it bite my kid even though the little b—— deserved it!

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    1. I had seen or I saw. “I seen” can be used for effect, usually indicating an uneducated or dialectal flavor. You will also see it in slang. But it is not considered correct English I would assume is what Jodi is referring to.
      I am not saying this person is uneducated by any means whatsoever though. Grammar is by far the least important part of this story when it comes to a life of a companion human or not.

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