Nervous, sitting on a bench in the public park, “Le parc du Moulin de Berny”, in Fresnes, Évelyne keeps turning her head. More than a fortnight 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 mother-in-law’s Maltese bichon when the latter “was taken by the throat by two American Staff, says t -she. He finally died a week later. Can you imagine, those hounds could have attacked my grandson. »
Her husband, while trying to save the dog, was badly bitten on both hands. “He was hit in the thumb I think,” minimizes the owner of the American Staff, this time on a leash, hanging out in the park with friends like the day of the event. He has nothing to do with him. It was Choupette who attacked the little dog. I got it back two months ago but I’m trying to get rid of it. »
Valentino taken by the throat by the mastiffs
Whether the attack was committed by two dogs, according to the victim, or only one according to the words of the other owner, Valentino, a small ball of white hair weighing 3 kg, classified in the Book of French Origins (LOF) as a bichon Maltais had no chance.
“I was pushing my grandson on his tricycle while my husband was holding the dog on a leash when the two American staff literally jumped at his throat, shudders Évelyne, describing the scene. Jean-Michel started by kicking. »
Nothing helps, the two mastiffs do not let go of their prey. “He then tried to separate them with his hands,” she recalls. He was also bitten on both hands. He gets away with ten days of total incapacity for work. » Finally, the master ends up calling back his two dogs and comes to see them. “He begged us not to call the police because he was known to the courts,” adds the 66-year-old woman.
The couple immediately go to a veterinarian who directs them to a clinic, the condition of the dog being worrying. “He was operated on because an artery was torn over several centimeters,” she describes. He was intubated and hospitalized on Wednesday. “Despite the care, the presence of a probe, Valentino will be found dead the following Saturday morning. He had just turned nine.
The husband was entitled to a stay in the hospital in Antony (Hauts-de-Seine) with the break of strips on two wounds, one on each hand. Finally, the couple will go in the evening to the Fresnes police station, to file a complaint for involuntary injury.
“Dogs must be kept on a leash”, recalls Stéphane Lamart
“I passed the information on to the mayor (Marie Chavanon PS Editor’s note) and to the municipal police, specifies Stéphane Lamart, deputy (SE) to the animal delegation at the town hall and president of the association for the defense of animals of the same name. The municipal police once saw a man with two American staff, but they were on a leash in the park. »
This Tuesday, the owner of the mastiffs was still there, with only one dog, a male, on a leash but without a muzzle. “What, he’s dead!” It did not look serious, however, laments this unemployed 47-year-old, wishing to remain anonymous. It was the other dog, a female, a cross, who attacked. It is not insured because I got it two months ago from a friend who was going to get rid of it. But here, I can’t do it anymore. »
From words to deeds, he then shows an email sent on April 23, the day the bichon died, to ask the Stéphane Lamart association to adopt him! “I did not have an answer, I will take him to the SPA”, he slips, worried about the possible legal fallout.
“Dogs must always be kept on a leash and those of category 1 or 2, such as the American Staff, must wear muzzles”, recalls the elected representative of Fresnes, who is working on the creation of a dog park. They can be off leash but they will have to keep the muzzle. In the case of 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 could be taken from him and euthanized. »