Thursday, June 16, 2016
BIRMINGHAM MI - TWO BOXER/DALMATIAN DOGS WITH A VICIOUS HISTORY WERE KEPT IN A FENCE THAT ALLOWED THEM TO REACH THROUGH TAKE HOLD AND KILL AN ELDERLY PUG "MADDIE"
A 13-year-old pug named Maddie was mauled to death by two other dogs in a Birmingham subdivision, prompting one neighbor to start a petition drive for more animal control measures. “It has been a very sad couple of days for those of us on Washington Boulevard,” resident Terry Holmes said. “Maddie was a neighborhood favorite ... everybody adored her.
”Maddie was being taken for a walk by her owners on June 9 when two dogs on a corner lot slipped their heads through a fence and attacked her. She died two hours later. A police report was filed and the dog’s owner was ticketed for possession of a vicious dog and for having an unlicensed dog. He’s scheduled to appear June 22 in 48th District Court for arraignment on the two misdemeanor charges.
Police are withholding his name pending the arraignment. Birmingham Police say the same TWO DOGS -- A DALMATIAN/BOXER MIX -- had attacked a different dog last month in May, but the owner of that dog did not want to press charges. “The dog was bit through the fence,” Birmingham Police Cmdr. Scott Grewe said. “The dogs were fenced in and the victim did not want to press charges or the owner held responsible — he just wanted it documented. There were no prior complaints about the
dog . ”Holmes said the owner of the two dogs approached her several days after the fatal attack and told her that he gave the dogs to a shelter.
Even with the dogs removed from the neighborhood, Holmes still went ahead and submitted her petitions to the city on Wednesday. “We’re brokenhearted that we lost our little Maddie,” she said. “Birmingham is such a dog community — so many people have dogs and it’s just so important your pets are safe when you’re outside walking them."
Holmes said she managed to quickly collect over four pages of signatures, as many of her neighbors were familiar with the two dogs. “I have a neighbor with a 1-year-old who won’t go by their house when she’s walking,” Holmes said. “Birmingham is a walkable town ... we have to take tougher steps when a vicious dog is reported.”
Maddie’s owners declined to comment about the petition drive. Holmes said the owner of the two dogs tried to reach out to the family, but was told it’s too soon. City Commissioner Stuart Sherman said the residents clearly want the city to review the incident, as evidenced by the petitions that were submitted. “From the commission’s standpoint, we won’t get involved in the actual incident because that’s a criminal matter,” Sherman said Wednesday. “But as dog owners, we sympathize with the family who lost their beloved pet. Vicious dogs or bad dog owners don’t have a place in Birmingham.”