WINDSOR ONTARIO CANADA - JOE MCPARLAND TALKS ABOUT HOW HE FELT WHEN HE LEARNED THAT THE NUTTER WHO OWNED THE PIT BULL THAT KILLED HIS BELOVED GREYHOUND "VICI" WAS THE SAME MAN WHO DIED IN AN APARTMENT FIRE
Six months ago, Windsor community member Joe McParland’s beloved pet greyhound Vici was viciously and fatally attacked by a loose pit bull on Ouellette Avenue.
Now McParland says he has learned the owner of that aggressive dog is the man who died in an apartment fire on Ouellette Avenue on Oct. 24.
“I take no solace in his passing. I’m not happy or gleeful at all,” McParland said on Friday. “He obviously caused me significant pain and injury, with the death of my dog. But I don’t ever wish harm on anyone like that.”
McParland said he received a number of calls from people who knew the man — John Scenna — confirming his death.
“I understand that he lived a very tortured life of homelessness, drug abuse, and mental illness,” McParland said. “I feel badly for who he has left behind.”
John Scenna in a photo taken shortly after the attack on Joe McParland’s dog on April 26, 2019.COURTESY OF JOE MCPARLAND / WINDSOR STAR
The incident that led to Vici’s death happened on April 26 on Ouellette Avenue. McParland was walking his two greyhounds — Vici and Tessie — when the PIT BULL ran to them from across the road, dragging its leash.
When it reached them, the pit bull immediately latched its jaws onto Vici’s neck.
McParland kicked the attacking dog and pried its mouth open, but the damage to Vici was already done.
Meanwhile, Scenna came to the scene and confronted McParland, throwing stones at McParland and threatening a fight.
McParland later learned that Scenna’s dog — named Karma — had attacked a different dog earlier the same day, and Windsor police knew about it.
Vici died at Walker Road Animal Hospital five days later.
McParland said the pit bull has remained housed at the Windsor-Essex County Humane Society since the attack. Its fate remains to be determined.
Scenna was facing an assault charge for his actions against McParland during the attack on Vici, and a charge under the Dog Owner’s Liability Act for the previous attack on April 26. Scenna was due to enter a plea on Nov. 15.
The fire happened in a first-floor unit at 1616 Ouellette Ave. on the night of Oct. 24. An investigation determined that the fire was intentionally set — but no criminal charges were warranted.
“I hope he has found the peace that he couldn’t find on Earth,” McParland said.
Meanwhile, McParland's lawsuit against the City of Windsor, Windsor police, the Humane Society, and Scenna has been settled out of court. McParland said he cannot share details about the settlement.