UPDATE: Dog Mauled to Death Before Spooky Pooch Parade

A family’s Pomeranian was killed on St. Charles Avenue the way to the Spooky Pooch Parade on Saturday.

Clarification: The incident occurred on St. Charles Avenue, about a block away from the Spooky Pooch Parade; a previous version of this story noted that the incident occurred at the parade.

Saturday’s Spooky Pooch Parade wasn’t fun for everyone.

It ended in tragedy for one family, whose Pomeranian was killed by two other dogs on St. Charles Avenue on their way to the fifth-annual event.

“Their owner could not control the dogs as we walked by,” the dog’s owner posted on the Lakewood Citizen’s Facebook page, later commenting that the attacking dogs were a Rottweiler and a Bull-mastiff.

“I am incredibly disappointed that the dogs were allowed to go home with their owner after this horrific incident.”

Lakewood Patch could not immediately reach the woman, who added that she was walking to the event with her 3-month-old daughter and mother.

An officer at the Lakewood Police Department confirmed the incident, however, no additional information was available and the city’s dog warden could not be immediately reached.

“We were told by the dog warden that there will be a trial and ‘most likely’ the dogs will not be allowed to live in Lakewood anymore,” the woman posted on Facebook. “It is unthinkable that these (vicious) animals are permitted to stay in the city until this trial. Hopefully no other animals or humans will be harmed in the meantime.”

Ian Andrews, the director of LakewoodAlive and co-organizer, pointed out that the incident didn't happen on festival grounds, adding that the event is a safe place for dogs.

"It is tragic ... and I feel awful for those affected," he said in an email.

LM October 22, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Joe and Duke, congratulations for really being rude.The owner, who has posted here, certainly doesn't need to see garbage like this. It helps to think before you post.
Duke Fasner October 22, 2012 at 03:51 PM
mary doglover October 22, 2012 at 03:55 PM
you are a heartless moron
mary doglover October 22, 2012 at 03:56 PM
You also, are a hearless moron
Colin McEwen October 22, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Judy, thanks for posting... You are right. The incident was not at the event. I have updated the post, and plan to follow up on this as more information becomes available.
Allison Smalley October 22, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Thanks PVL... but the breed DOES matter... especially here in Lakewood. The media is quick to jump on the hype if it is a bully-breed dog. This case is a good example of the fact that it was the owner/handlers lack of awareness that lead to this tragic incident. I feel terrible for both families but this could have been avoided. The party with the agressing dogs should have known her Mastiff was reactive PRIOR to bringing him into an exciting environment. This is PROOF that BSL as it stands is ineffective. We need dog owner responsibility.
jackie October 22, 2012 at 04:38 PM
this was a terrible thing to happen..but the dogs shouldn't be to blame...it's the owner!..if you know your dog doesna do well in and if you don know how he'll do at all, you shouldn't put it in the situation..that's being irrisponsible andasking for trouble..it's not right that the dogs should be held accountable for their owners lack.. i'm terribly sorry for what happened to the pom and its family
Krista Dey October 22, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Dogs will always be dogs. Killing a dog that is so small it looks like prey doesn't make a dog dangerous. The owner needs to be fined and sentenced to spending at least 8 weeks at a reputable trainer on responsible dog ownership and traning techniques to control their dogs.. Sure glad that the Breed Specific Legislation is working so well in Lakewood....
jenn October 22, 2012 at 04:52 PM
do we know if the pom provoked any of this b/c natural instincts to dogs is to protect themselves if they feel threatened. you're right...you cannot blame the dogs.
Duke Fasner October 22, 2012 at 04:59 PM
I can only blame Republicans and the Church for fighting against dog condoms.
Amanda October 22, 2012 at 05:19 PM
My heart goes out to everyone involved. Sometimes even trained dogs act in unexpected ways...Not trying to down play what happened to poor Presley at all and I do think the large dog owners should be held responsible for what happened. If my dog did something that horrible I would feel it's my responsibility to make sure it never happend again. I can't imagine what it was like to witness. Our pets are like family and some of the other comments are appalling. Good luck to both families!
Chihuahua Lover October 22, 2012 at 05:25 PM
My chihuahua was in our backyard....on his leash with my husband. Two Rottweilers came into my backyard. The one walked over to my dog and picked him up by his hindquarters lifting him off the ground. My husband kicked it to get it to let our little guy go. The two dogs and an additional three were all seemed dangerous animals in our city. We all must do our part. I do not walk past any dogs without holding mine until the bigger dogs are out of sight. I know this won't prevent all attacks, but it can help. Unfortunately, all dogs that aren't on a leash can be dangerous regardless of the size or breed.
Lynne Lewicky October 22, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Lisa, I'm so sorry for your mom's loss and your terrible experience. My heart breaks for you both, especially when there are those who make light of it, such as Duke.
M&Gmom October 22, 2012 at 05:52 PM
So sorry for your loss...how horrifying for your family. I can't imagine the pain, anger, and sadness you are experiencing...you should contact the dog owner's homeowners insurer ---maybe if these dog owners are forced to "pay" (or maybe lose their insurance) they will think twice about irresponible dog ownership. If they are renters and don't have any insurance, go after the landlord....maybe then people will not rent to folks with these types of problem dogs. In spite of what people are saying I believe it is about BOTH the breed and the owners...I recently was shopping for Homeowners Insurance and each company asked about dog ownership...when we replied yes as to owning a dog, we were immediately asked whether it was a Mastiff, Rottweiler, Doberman, Pit Bull, etc...you get the idea. Statistically these dogs are problems for insurers...people need to deal with reality and the reality is that these breeds are desired by a certain type of person who WANTS agressive dogs... Praying for you and your family...and your littler Pomeranian.
Steve October 22, 2012 at 06:12 PM
@Becky T. So, what is your solution? What precautions?
Steve October 22, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Food for thought...The Lakewood Animal Shelter was named in a womans will, somewhere around $100,000.00. How about using some of that money for spay/neuter, and most importantly, EDUCATION. That money is sitting somewhere, not a penny spent, not even a memorial plack for the poor woman who left it. Surly Lakewood can do better than that. BSL does not, I repeat, does not make us safer. This just proves my point.
Tim Beattie October 22, 2012 at 07:31 PM
I have a very aggressive German Shepherd and I would never put him in that situation. Dogs will be dogs. Shame on the ownwers for being stupid. And if you have two small dogs and a 3 month old why in the world would you walk past a bull-mastif and a rott. you are not very smart sorry to say and I am sorry about your loss but not suprised
Jason October 22, 2012 at 07:41 PM
On come the pit bull lovers. Wow. I say exterminate them all. It could have been a kid they killed, which has much higher value than a Pomeranian (yes, dog lovers, people first). I will volunteer to conduct the mass slaughter.
xv October 22, 2012 at 08:54 PM
What part of this did not happen at the Spooky Pooch Parade event did most everyone not understand? Colin your headline was very misleading!
Jason October 22, 2012 at 11:19 PM
I happen to be friends with the father of the kid who lost his life to the garage door! Not only is that completely irrelevant in this forum, but you are a complete ASSHOLE STEVE! I hope "a bullie" rips your tiny cherry tomato balls off slowly! Idiot!
Jessica Shepard October 22, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Jason, sorry that someone brought that up. I agree that it is totally irrelevant. Your criticism of pet owners and specific breeds of dogs is only adding fuel to the fire, however. My dog has been bitten twice-attacked by 2 unleased dogs while we were on a walk, one was a golden retriever and the other was a mutt. Can we please just direct our comments not at one another but as consolations to the family that this happened to? After all, their children did have to witness this so they have endured some sort of trauma. Whether you like dogs or not, let's just try to conduct ourselves with dignity and as adults.
Lynne Schroeder October 23, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Dear Lisa, I am very sorry to hear about what happened this past Saturday. My heart goes out to you and your family. I am also sorry about the posts from all the ignorant people on this story. There are only two points to my story. Number one, you and your family lost a loved one that was very important to all of you and irreplaceable. For this I am at a loss of words because it seems that no words can take away your pain. Secondly, I really wish for that perfect world where people understand that any dog can attack at any time no matter the breed. Owners are the ones who are suppose to be intelligent enough to know whether they have control over their dog or not. In this case, this owner did not. Again, my heart just broke when I read your story and I hope that one day us humans will realize that all dogs can attack at any moment but us “intelligent” creatures should always be in control of them.
Jane Doe October 23, 2012 at 03:40 AM
Lisa, I am so sorry for the loss & can't even imagine the helplessness both you & your mother experienced witnessing such a tragedy. Most of us dog lovers feel for you & your loss. Whoever mentioned that you shouldn't have walked past these dogs with your pets & child obviously is a moron. Unfortunately sometimes (whether wrongly or rightly) we ASSUME that owners can control their pets. Tragically, you were a victim of an irresponsible person who shouldn't own anything capable of doing such harm. I would like to point one thing out however, is that folks seem to forget that there is a HUGE difference between 'animal aggression' & 'human aggression'. I have a male dog that has a very high prey drive, he does not do well with other strange dogs either, especially after being attacked by an off leash dog. That being said, I make sure that my pets are always securely harnessed (no slipping a collar) & even use a 'handsfree leash' which will ensure there is no way I can drop a leash. Lakewood needs to enact sensible, ENFORCIBLE laws that targets the owner, regardless of breed. This incident, although completely avoidable due to the owner's negligence, should be proof positive that the city needs to step up it's education of dog safety & responsible pet ownership.
Peggy Caffrey October 23, 2012 at 03:53 AM
Wake up Lakewood!!! This act of violence against a poor pup was totally uncalled for. The owner should have kept control of her vicious dogs. There is absolutely no excuse for this to have happened to Presley. We have laws that seem to not be enforced and it is becoming more common for irresponsible owners to allow this to happen. I would prosecute to the fullest, the owner, and put the dog down who attacked Presley. The owner needs to be punished too. Why didn't the owner muzzle the dogs, all kinds of horrible things go through my mind of what else could have happened, this is happening too much, it has to STOP.
PLV October 23, 2012 at 01:49 PM
BECKY T...The accident has nothing to do with the Spooky Pooch Parade itself. These weren't dogs that were registered and participating in the parade and events. These were people walking down the sidewalk wanting to watch the parade.
Steve October 23, 2012 at 05:44 PM
@Jason- Glad I hit a nerve, with you being on the recieving end,shows you have some heart. All you do is spew your hate about pitties every chance you get. What happened in your life to carry such demons against a breed you know nothing about? If an APBT was sitting in front of you, most all experts would say that visual identification is next to impossible. Take a challenge if you dare. Donate 2hours of your time to the Cleveland animal shelter. Meet and greet some of the dogs there. It could be a life changing experience for you knowing that some pit on death row would love to be walked one final time with you, a human. It will not care about your demons. You may find true love, not hatred towards them, making you a bigger and better person. TRY IT if you have the balls...
Steve October 23, 2012 at 05:57 PM
@Peggy- If you read all of the articles you would see that the police chief stated that this has not happend before, yet you state "this is happening too much". You cannot both be right. And putting the dog down serves no purpose either. What laws were not enforced? Please tell. Neglegence on the owners part, yes. Dangerous dog, no.
Jane Doe October 23, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Tiny dog dressed in a costume...hmmm, I think even I may have mistaken it for a TOY. According to the details the owner provided, the Pom was picked up & shook, not viciously ripped apart by these 'dangerous dogs'. The fact that this 'technically' did not happen at the event doesn't matter, it is still a RESULT of the parade...lots of dogs dressed in costume wouldn't be milling around for any other reason in that area. With this many dogs & who knows how many irresponsible, careless owners who are too busy ooohing & ahhhing over pet costumes, is this really a surprise?
SS October 25, 2012 at 12:37 AM
All I can say is very poor judgement by the owner has resulted in the violent death of an innocent animal. Why on earth would you take a dog the size of a Mastiff to an event with many other dogs when you have only had the dog for one month?? She had absolutely NO idea what this dog was like, and they didnt even make it to the parade. Plus she brought another large breed dog making it almost impossible to control the situation. And please dont tell me they were on those retractable leashes!! As a responsible 110# pit bull owner I do not put myself or my dog in any situation I can not handle. Dogs no matter how well trained can be unpredicatable when put in stressful situations. Know you dog and above all, be able to handle them.
Jacqui October 25, 2012 at 08:28 AM
i am an owner of a past abused rescued terrier mix 8 lbs MAX.. it was probably more than 6 months before I took him around other dogs.. as you have to get a feeling of how dogs are.. personality etc.. I must say I am a bit surprised by the response of "you shouldn't walk down the street because you saw big dogs".. it is a free street and owners are responsible for their pets.. not the people walking down the street.. it is pure neglect from the dogs owner.. I am a bit surprised that the dogs were not taken into temporary custody.. One question I never saw asked : (sorry if I missed it).. it was stated these dogs were on leashes.. did they break the leash?? was the leashes on these dogs way too long.. to reach anyone walking on the sidewalk?? I think this would be an important question.. I had a neighbor housing pitbulls above me.. I tried to make sure not to bring my dog or my 2 year old around them.. as the owner did not keep them on leashes.. One bit and killed a poodle.. The lakewood animal control and police came out here.. Took the dogs into custody for investigation and took the 21 year old owner to jail.. end result he was sanctioned to never own dogs again as long as he lives in ohio.. 4 days later he had both dogs back and 2 2 months old baby pitbulls (again not on leashes) his mother had signed to get the dogs and he had them back once again.. he has left lakewood since.. thank goodness I'm sorry for the loss of your little loved one..


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