Pointe Claire man bites back
Pointe Claire resident Peter Ascoli is claiming local police were negligent in not pursuing the matter of a dog owner on his street whose pet attacked him, his wife and their own canine.
"Why did they not go give the guy a ticket?" Asked Ascoli.
A resident of Stillview Street, he said the latest incident occurred on or around Sept. 25, when he was walking his own pet, a tiny schnauzer, along with his wife one evening.
According to Ascoli, the roughly 100-pound black Labrador dog emerged abruptly from the yard of a home on Stillview, and tried to attack them. He said his wife sat down on the dog to try to pacify it, which is when the owners showed up. "He's really friendly and everything's OK," Ascoli said the owners told him, and it was at that point the dog broke free and bit into Ascoli's pet schnauzer.
Eventually, the owners were able to drag the dog away and Ascoli had to bring his schnauzer to a veterinarian. "Is there a leash law in Pointe Claire?" Ascoli wondered. He said he called police that night as soon as he got home, but they never showed up, and he had to go file a complaint in person at the station.
Ascoli said police claimed they could not go to the owner's home and enforce any bylaws about leashes in the city.
He theorized the lax attitude of the police could have to do with the fact they are undergoing union negotiations, as he has seen some of them patrolling without their police uniforms.
This was not the first time Ascoli has had problems with this particular dog, he said. He claimed the black lab had once chased his wife as she was walking home and she had had to call him to pick her up by car in order to avoid being attacked. "The police are negotiating new contracts, as are the Pointe Claire workers," said Pointe Claire Mayor Bill McMurchie. However, he said he could not comment on whether or not this has affected their work.
McMurchie added there definitely is a leash law in Pointe Claire, and breaking it can subject dog owners to fines.
He said dog attacks are not usually a big problem in the city. "Occurrences happen," he admit, but they often simply involve a dog scaring someone with a loud bark rather than an actual attack.
Montreal police station 5, which serves Pointe Claire, did not return phone calls for comment as of press time.