Boxer responsible for fatal Kingfield dog attack euthanized by Mpls Animal Control [PHOTOS]

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Images via Julene Lind
Ziggy (pictured) died as a result of an attack by a boxer.
-- Update at bottom --

While being walked on Easter evening, a papillon named Ziggy was suddenly and brutally attacked and left for dead by a boxer after it tore away from a leash held by a young boy in Kingfield's Martin Luther King Park. (Read the full backstory here.)

Late last month, the boxer responsible for the attack was put to death by Minneapolis Animal Control, city spokesman Casper Hill tells us.

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Both the dog responsible for the attack and its owners left the park before authorities arrived, prompting city officials to ask the public for tips in hopes their identities could be determined.

"After a lengthy investigation that worked off tips, we identified other dogs in the area through a process of elimination," Hill says. "We worked off warrants, directed patrols, and we have no doubt that we got the right dog. The owners of the dog didn't dispute the fact we got the right dog."

Hill says the boxer was deemed a "dangerous dog" by the city, and a "destruct order" was issued.

"There was an initial decision that gave us the right to destroy, and the owner appealed," Hill continues. "That decision went to an administrative law judge, who ruled with the city. At that point the owners could have appealed to a U.S. District Court judge, but they elected not to."

On that fateful Easter evening, the boxer's leash was held by a young boy, but the boy was reportedly with two other small children and a woman who had a baby strapped to her chest. Ziggy's owner's husband was also left with bite wounds incurred when he tried to break up the attack.
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Submitted image via Star Tribune
Ziggy's owner's husband was left bitten and bloodied.

Nonetheless, Hill says the boxer's owner won't face charges.

"At this point it's more of a civil case," Hill says. "Pets are considered property and the dog was on a leash. It'd be no different than if I destroyed somebody's non-living property -- it would end up in a civil case."

In a Facebook post, Ziggy's owner, Julene Lind, expressed appreciation for the work done by Minneapolis authorities in the wake of the attack.

"The Minneapolis police dept worked really fast and hard to locate the family walking the dog," Lind wrote (via the Southwest Journal). "Pressure was applied and they brought the [dog] in to animal control. This could not have happened without all the community tips... Ziggy does not come home but seems like she got a little justice!"

:::: UPDATE ::::

Hill got back to us with information about the number of dogs the city has declared "dangerous" in recent years and the number of those dogs that have ultimately been euthanized. Here they are:
2011: 12 dogs euthanized (2 destruction orders not carried out)
2012: 7 dog destruction orders (2 destruction orders not carried out)
2013: 8 dogs euthanized (3 destruction orders not carried out)
2014: 3 dogs euthanized (including boxer discussed above; no orders not carried out)
Hill says he doesn't immediately have information as to why destruction orders aren't carried out in certain cases, but they could include a successful appeal, the dog moving out of the city, or Animal Control electing not to euthanize the dog for another reason.

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26 comments
Lucas Pujols Sorensen
Lucas Pujols Sorensen

Some dude just lost his best friend and none of you care about that. Damn shame

TruDat
TruDat

I hope Ziggy's owners sue the boxer's owners and take everything the own  now and til the day they die! Poor, sweet Ziggy, RIP!

Dave Johnson
Dave Johnson

Mike Brody, maybe show this to Frosty for a kind of "scared straight" ?

Jeff Sullivan
Jeff Sullivan

So they killed the dog? WTF??? What did they do to the owners???

Jerry Provost
Jerry Provost

Another biased and poorly written police report helped I'm sure

Tomasz Piotr Michura
Tomasz Piotr Michura

People need to keep their dogs under control. Period. My dog has been attacked 2 times in our neighborhood in the last few years & I see dogs off leashes all the time.

Rick Miller
Rick Miller

If a dog kills another dog, the killer dog needs to be killed - simple as that

Becky Graham
Becky Graham

Why would you give the leash to a small child?

dekay5555555
dekay5555555

A dog for a dog seems awfully uncivilized.  No charges to the owner of the dog?  Wait!  They left the scene of the crime and made the police find them.  No charge there either?

So they dropped the charge against all pitbulls from boxer/pitbull mix to just plain old boxer.

There is more to this eft-up story.

Johna Cathleen Green
Johna Cathleen Green

Im so glad they caught that dog & the owners, im surprised the owners didn't get a fine or anything.

Anna Gonzalez
Anna Gonzalez

It's sad that both dogs had to pay for what a neglectful owner did. How could she not get charged for even fleeing the scene of an accident? Your saying my tax dollars go to all that police investigation when she could have simply come forward and there's no repercussions for her?

Christian Johnson
Christian Johnson

Irresponsible, neglectful, or abusive pet owners are the worst

barbertj23
barbertj23

I'm pretty appalled by the idea that the dog's owner wasn't charged with a crime. Even cynically, you could say that the dog (property) caused serious harm to other property (the small dog) and serious injury to a person while in the competent control of an individual who then flees the scene of a crime. 

Treating dogs as "property" only doesn't sit well with me but that isn't the point. It seems like you should be able to prosecute the event like a hit and run.

anonymous
anonymous

Well what do you know, it wasn't a pitbull after all.  Guess that's just the go-to description for a dog attack.

Dave2
Dave2

Letting a youngster try to control a full grown Boxer gives new meaning to stupid. Sounds like both dogs suffered meaningless deaths. 

NoMoreGasthof
NoMoreGasthof

@Dave2 I disagree, if you had a well-behaved dog then it wouldn't even need to be on a leash at the dog park. It goes back to the owner.

StPaulieGirl
StPaulieGirl

@NoMoreGasthof I'm not saying it was the case for this dog at all, but even very "well-behaved" dogs shouldn't necessarily be off-leash (dogs with high-prey drive, that pick up and want to follow a scent, that are easily startled by some noises, etc.), nor should a child be expected to control them on a leash by themselves.  That's just irresponsible.  


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