Rare on-leash Kingfield dog attack leaves papillon dead, Mpls officials hunting for owner

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A papillon like the one pictured was killed by another dog in Martin Luther King Park on Sunday evening.
Around 7 p.m. on Easter in Kingfield's Martin Luther King Park, a dog described as a pitbull/boxer mix tore away from its owner and went after a smaller papillon.

When the dust settled, the papillon was dead. But instead of cooperating with the papillon's owner, the owner of the pitbull/boxer mix was "uncooperative" and left the scene.

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A release distributed by Minneapolis Animal Control says, "The owner of the attacking dog was an African American female, 5'1"-5'4", unknown age, carrying a baby, and accompanied by two smaller boys and a girl, 9-10 years of age."

"The female was last seen walking eastbound over the footbridge, towards the Third Precinct," the release continues, going on to ask anyone with information to call Animal Control at 612-370-1434.

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board spokesperson Dawn Sommers tells us her understanding is that "the [pitbull/boxer] was on-leash and got away from one of the kids who was with the owner of the dog."

Asked how often attacks like this occur, Sommers says, "It's not very frequent."

"The incidents that I'm aware of, on occasion they happen at our off-leash parks, but it's even more rare that [they happen] in an on-leash park," Sommers continues. "Most dogs in the city of Minneapolis have been acclimated to be around other dogs, they're socialized, so it makes this incident much more tragic, that somebody walking their dog and doing what they should be doing... to have another dog attack is very unusual and extremely unfortunate."

Sommers says that "in all cases, whether on-leash or off, it comes down to owner control."

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board's "Dogs and other domestic animals" ordinance says, "No person shall be permitted to take any dog or other domestic animal into any park; unless the dog or domestic animal is restricted at all times by suitable leash not exceeding eight feet in length and under command of owner or custodian." (Service dogs are excepted.)

The penalty for violating the ordinance is a $100 fine, but the owner of the pitbull/boxer mix in question could face other charges if apprehended.

Meanwhile, a woman who claims to be the owner of the papillon took to E-Democracy's Minneapolis Issues Forums and posted this warning (printed unedited):
WARNING to small dog owners

Julene from Kingfield

Our sweet papillon was attacked and killed by a boxer pit bull mix "family dog" in Kingpark. Since moving to kingfield 2 years ago we have had some scares with dogs in the park.
We feel this park is much to dangerous to walk small dogs please be wary. We thought we were extra careful but could not stop the attack nor could the boxer pit family as they stood and watched there dog kill ours. And left for home after their Easter walk. Only the very small boy said he was sorry.
If you know this dog PLEASE CALL Julene 6122428029. Lives on the east side of freeway between 38 and 40th?????
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Dog_Lover
Dog_Lover

It's not the breed's fault, it's the breeders and owners fault. Poorly treated dogs or abused ones usually don't know what not to do because they haven't been trained! Like my friend and I say " don't blame the dog and breed, blame the owners" all animals are dangerous because they're animals, they can't speak to humans and read laws bad rules. That's why we train them!

Abby Hermes
Abby Hermes

Aaaaaand yes no matter what, the owner needs to be found and blamed for this incident. It is absolutely horrifying to me that someone would witness this, just fucking stare as their dog kills another dog, and then leave.

Abby Hermes
Abby Hermes

My own papillon was attacked my a Boxer mix last summer. The owner came running out to try to get his dog off mine--and $1000+ in vet bills later, my dog was fine. Thank god. But my dog was about four houses away from that dog's yard and it broke off it's chain it was running so fast. But please go on to tell me how my 8 pound dog could have possibly provoked that dog from four yards away. Of course I don't like to generalize that it's the breed but there is a very big difference between a nip from a weiner dog or chihuahua versus a full on unprovoked ATTACK from a large dog that only stops once it has killed. They said in the interview once the little dog had no fight left in it the boxer just dropped it and walked away. I genuinely think some dogs (not an entire breed but some are more likely) just have a KILL instinct.

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

Having a Pit Bull or any other huge animal like this is a "civil rights" issue.   It's a cultural thang.   Come on, chalk it up to diversity and civil rights.   The lowest common denominator is kids who can't swim and Dog training for Pit Bulls.   So Rep. Clark can include dog training and swimming as mandatory civil rights and public safety issues.  Who needs to learn math  science, and English when we have these important "Civil Rights" issues to teach in our public schools?    

Kim Tee
Kim Tee

I feel bad for the kids. It must have been terrible to hear a dog being killed. Their mother should face multiple charges (I don't know what they would be but she should anyway), but we all know the dog is the one who will suffer. I agree with Andrew Brand (below)!

Nora O'Donnell Alyea
Nora O'Donnell Alyea

This park gas always been nasty . I remember going there in the 60 'a . It's across the street from Currans. I wouldn't go there then !

Kelly McNutt
Kelly McNutt

Ignorant and heartless comment, eh? Facetious, yes, ignorant, no, heartless, no.

Kelly McNutt
Kelly McNutt

Good heavens no, Julia. Pure facetiousness, I assure you. It's a sad sad story for everyone involved.

Julia Ramirez Burke
Julia Ramirez Burke

I think the police were called but the owner and the fog split before the police arrived.

Catherine Carey
Catherine Carey

Too many irresponsible pit bull owners around. A pit-mix attacked our collie at High Bridge Park in St. Paul on Easter, as well. The aggressive dog was growling at our non-aggressive dog as I asked the owner to call his dog. "That's not real growling," he said, moments before the attack. His dog viciously went for our dog's throat and a fight ensued. Thank goodness my husband ran in and broke it up (while risking being bitten); the pit-mix owner did nothing but stand there. The owner then hooked up his dog to a leash and fled the scene, never once asking if our dog was okay or apologizing. Thank goodness our collie is quick, nimble and tough (plus 80 lbs.). Otherwise the outcome could have been as tragic as the poor little papillion's fate.

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

Celebrate:  Diversity.  

Kris Holiday
Kris Holiday

Number of dogs killed by a poodle.. Zero.

Kris Holiday
Kris Holiday

This is complete and utter negligence on the part of the pitbull boxer mix's owner. There is no way she didn't know that her dog is aggressive. Furthermore, walking a vicious, poorly trained kanine while accompanied by an infant and three other children is totally irresponsible. I hope she's found and fined, and the dog is taken away.

holiday81
holiday81

This is complete and utter negligence on the part of the pitbull boxer mix's owner. There is no way she didn't know that her dog is aggressive. Furthermore, walking a vicious, poorly trained kanine while accompanied by an infant and three other children is totally irresponsible. I hope she's found and fined, and the dog is taken away. 

mplstim56
mplstim56

Just another example of the rampant racism of papillon owners: always pointing the finger at African-Americans, disproportionately, playing the race blame card.

 It's curious there are no other witnesses to this reportedly violent and noisy attack....plus the papillon owner stoops so low as to blame the children, too.

     Has the owner no sense of decency?


palooze
palooze

Isn't there footage from the park's security camera's that can be used to identify the owner of the attacking dog? 

Kayla Fuller
Kayla Fuller

This is a real murder. A very real life was taken. Today it's a small dog, tomorrow it could be a small child.

dianerollie
dianerollie

This is why when I walk my dog or go to a dog park, I carry an electric cattle prod.  Any other animal that attacks my dog or any other person's beloved pet, is going to get zapped!  It's the only way nowadays to protect yourself and your dog from all the bad pet owners out there!

Jessica Brittani Long
Jessica Brittani Long

That woman is lucky it wasn't my dog. She wouldn't have been able to walk away from me. Poor baby.

Kristi Hetzler
Kristi Hetzler

ALL dogs are capable of attacking for any given reason. My friend has a yellow lab that has been known to attack other dogs, hence he keeps him on a leash at all times....be responsible people!! Sad story :((

John Bunch
John Bunch

I saw this in Europe. I was jogging and people were just chilling on the grass. These two "hoodlums" (for lack of a better term) had their dog off a leash and it immediately attacked a small dog. The people were angry, but I think it is a macho thing for some of these pitbull owners. Sad, but true. They feel strong by having a really tough dog. I think that this is a much bigger issue in Europe, but it also happens here.

Jenna Nerby
Jenna Nerby

This news is to find the woman who stood by and let this happen, not to spew idiotic opinions about breeds of dogs.

Elaine Ryan
Elaine Ryan

Children should be banned from walking certain breeds, they are just too powerful.

Serene.Green
Serene.Green

Most of you are SO wrong.

Pitbulls were LONG known as nanny dogs because of their loyalty and gentleness with children. It wasn't until after the war that they were used as fighting dogs and BRED as fighting dogs due to their lock-tight jaw grip. You know what other breed has a tight jaw grip? F-ing Yorkshire Terriers. People  used  them to hunt rabbits and small game. I grew up with Yorkies  (my mom has had 4 Yorkies all from “top breeders” with these long histories of “blood lines”). I was bit by every single one of them. They were nippy and protected my mom and her things. The pit that I rescued many years ago was the most loyal, sweetest, calmest dogs in my neighborhood. He didn't even chase after squirrels. He slept with my cats and ate his own poop. Kids rolled around on the ground with him. The only thing her ever growled at was the vacuum cleaner. Super scary.

The go-to dog of choice for American families, the Golden Retriever, is NO  longer considered a good dog for families because of their constant inbreeding and over-breeding. They are snapping on kids without warning and have all sorts of health issues causing distress. In our constant need to fulfill our selfish goals, we have bred MANY dogs into these behavioral changes. We have screwed with the natural order of things buy forcing new breeds and forcing our idea of "pure" breeds. It's not the breed. It's the behavior in each individual animal which is mostly dependent on who it’s owner is.biggest asshole dog my mom owns now is a Chihuahua that had its ears constantly pulled by 4 small kids. One day he bit the neighbor lady who hated him. So my mom took him so he wouldn't be euthanized. he was neurotic, bit and barked at anyone and everything until we stated workign with him. If he had been given to a shelter, there's NO WAY he would have been adopted. but we kept on. And now, he's a damn baby. Kisses and he sits and waits for treats until we say "ok". He no longer goes after cats.Plus now he sleeps in my daughters bed and kisses her awake in the morning when they sleepover. She's 6. He HATED kids a year ago.


The UKC breed standard states "American Pitbull Terriers make excellent family companions and have always been noted for their love of children.” They also state that “Aggressive behavior toward humans is uncharacteristic of the breed.”


The APB IS a very strong and powerful breed of dog. It’s how they are built. Lots of muscle.  APB’s should be owned by folks who will exercise, socialize and provide proper training for their pet. Whether it is a pitbull or a poodle, parents must always use caution and common sense when allowing ANY dog to interact with children/babies. When placing a dog into a home with a child, each individual dog should be evaluated based on their characteristics and behavior, NOT their breed. Careful consideration should always be taken when placing a dog into a home with a child, regardless of breed.


I feel horribly that a little dog was killed. But IT'S NOT THE DAMN  DOG'S FAULT. Take the dog from the owner and put the owner in jail and don't allow them to adopt EVER AGAIN! And the woman with the Papillion should have had her dog on a leash if she was so unsure of the park. She should have picked her dog up and taken the bite herself.


Again, HUMANITY’S constant need to fulfill our selfish desires is what ruins animals for the rest of us. We think we can just own anything and it won't remain the thing or the animal that it IS, that it won't react to abuse or to forcing change on it's hereditary instincts or how it’s DNA tells it is should be. That somehow because we WANT it to be cute and cuddly that is SHOULD be. Not everyone should have children and not everyone should own a dog. Period. Pick a dog that YOU can take care of. If a dog comes from an abusive home and you have small kids, PROBABLY not a good choice for a family pet. But if you can promise that animal a life of care, love, exercise and good food, you have made the world a fraction of a bit more safe and you have changed the life of that animal forever. Don’t be selfish pricks.

Elaine Ryan
Elaine Ryan

Camera phone photo, capture them on it!

MaryAlice Beevore
MaryAlice Beevore

Children are a free pass / excuse for irresponsible behavior?

Kelly McNutt
Kelly McNutt

I'm not judging pitbulls. I'm well aware of the small-dog syndrome but it's inescapable that a little dog is to a pellet gun where a pit breed is to a sawed-off shotgun.

Eagan McVegan
Eagan McVegan

The dog does not need to be put down, humans that think that way-are so stupid! The dog needs retraining! And better owners

Stephen Biondo
Stephen Biondo

Maybe you would feel differently if it was your pet...but then again, it sounds like you don't think animals lives have much value.

Jamie Bender
Jamie Bender

No matter how stressful a persons life is, they can still have compassion for others. Her dog just killed another persons dog. She did nothing to stop it, let alone apologize, or call the cops. I have zero sympathy for her. I don't think having a stressful life excuses you from being a decent human being.

Chris Welton
Chris Welton

Kelly, I made the point about breeds because people are so quick to judge pits just as you have. Go to a dog park around the city, watch how little dogs terrorize the bigger dogs.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@kurt124  Every new post by you shows what a mentally ill person you are. Please get yourself some help. Talk to someone - your mental health issues are now covered under the Affordable Care Act so the help is out there! Take that first step...


Dog_Lover
Dog_Lover

The dog didn't deserve to die! That's. Like saying " my baby brother or my mom deserves to die!" Dogs are faithful and protect and warn you! They save lives and give us company and someone to love.

Dog_Lover
Dog_Lover

I'm sorry to hear about your dog! I think the people should be imprisoned if their dog attacks another dog or human. Is there already a law for that?

Dog_Lover
Dog_Lover

Well, this conversation is about dog attacks not human attacks that f***ng comment has nothing to do with the subject!

I agree with Onan ( above)

Onan
Onan

Go right ahead, but this particular discussion is about one dog killing another dog.

Dog_Lover
Dog_Lover

What a hateful thing to say! What do u have against dogs! So what, dogs are animals and they drink, eat, sleep and play like humans do! That have lives, I fact dogs are on of the only animals who can identify their owners and get attached to humans by love ok?

Dog_Lover
Dog_Lover

Not unless the dogs are trained!

Dog_Lover
Dog_Lover

I have a pitbull and she won't stop loving me! I completely agree with your post!

Dog_Lover
Dog_Lover

I agree with you on that one, Stephen Biondo!

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