Nervous, seated on a bench in the public park, “Le parc du Moulin de Berny,” in Fresnes, Evelyn keeps her head turned. More than two weeks after the events, this grandmother is struggling to enjoy the place. On April 16, she was walking with her husband Jean-Michel, their 22-month-old grandson, and Valentino, her Maltese wife-in-law when she was “taken by two American employees,” T-Shi says. He finally died a week later. Can you imagine, my grandson would have been attacked by hounds. »
While her husband was trying to save the dog, he was badly bitten in both hands. “He got a thumbs up I guess,” belittles the owner of the U.S. Staff, this time on leash, hanging out in the park with friends like the day of the event. He has nothing to do with it. It was Choupette who attacked the little dog. I got it back 2 months ago but am trying to get rid of it. »
Valentino taken from the throat of a mastiff
Whether it was attacked by two dogs, according to the victim, or just one dog according to the other owner Valentino, a small ball of white hair weighing 3 kg, classified in the Book of French Origins (LOF) as the bichon Maltais never had a chance.
“I was pushing my grandson on his tricycle while my husband had the dog on a leash when the two American employees literally jumped on his throat, and Evelyn shivered, describing the scene. Jean-Michel started kicking.”
Nothing helps, the mastiff does not abandon its prey. “Then he tried to separate them with his hands,” she recalls. He was also bitten in both hands. Ten days of complete inability to work escapes him. »Finally, the master ends up calling his dogs and comes to see them. “He begged us not to call the police because he was known to the courts,” the 66-year-old adds.
The couple immediately goes to a veterinarian who directs them to a clinic, and the condition of the dog is alarming. She describes, “He underwent surgery because the artery was torn by several centimeters.” He was intubated and taken to hospital on Wednesday. “Despite care, and an investigation, Valentino would be found dead the following Saturday morning. He had just turned nine.
The husband was entitled to stay in the Anthony Hospital (Hautes de Seine) with broken strips in two wounds, one in each hand. Finally, the couple will go to Fresnes Police Station in the evening to file a complaint about the involuntary injury.
‘Dogs should be kept on a leash’ Stéphane Lamart recalls.
“I passed the information to the mayor (Marie Chavannon Editor’s Note) and municipal police, identifies Stefan Lamart, deputy (SE) of the town hall animal delegation and president of the Animal Defense Association of the same name. Municipal police once saw a man with two American employees, but they were both tied up in the park. »
This Tuesday, the mastiff was still there, with only one dog, a male, on a leash but without a muzzle. “What, he’s dead!” It didn’t look serious, however, regrets this 47-year-old unemployed person, who wishes to remain anonymous. It was the other dog, a female, a cross, who attacked. It is uninsured because I got it 2 months ago from a friend who was going to get rid of it. But here, I can’t do that anymore. »
From words to deeds, it then shows an email sent on April 23, the day of bichon’s death, asking the Stéphane Lamart Association to adopt it! “I didn’t have an answer, I’ll take him to the SPA,” he slips worried about the potential legal repercussions.
“Dogs should always be kept on a leash, and Class 1 or 2 dogs, like American employees, should wear muzzles,” recalls a Fresnes-elect representative working on a dog park. They can be off the leash but they have to keep the muzzle. In this case, if the owner is known to the courts, which I don’t know, he has no right to own dogs of these breeds. They can be taken from him and euthanized. »