I know these aren't the only bad doggies in the county running around chasing people but it sure looks like an unsettling set of circumstances for people in that neighborhood. The story says this is on J Street, Eureka, but no mention of what block. I wonder if it's anywhere near the 2300 block?
I was working on K street one day when the gal delivering mail asked me something about a pit bull that had been in the area. She said it almost attacked her. I'd actually seen the dog but it didn't act threatening towards me.
Shortly thereafter some guy came around looking for a pit bull, also wondering if I'd seen it. At that point it seemed to be long gone. The guy said he was worried he might have to "put the dog down..." if it was threatening people. Seemed a pretty concerned guy to me.
Wonder if he's the same one the has the bad doggies in the news article? I'll never understand why he would insist on keeping these dogs after all the problems they've created. This doesn't seem like a healthy situation and, heck, I've known people with dogs that caused even less problems that got rid of the dogs.
Eventually, they gave up on the back yard and just chained it out in the front yard, making the dog even more aggressive. It would still get away, one way or another, and start pestering people.
The final straw was when a neighbor was walking her little pug dog down the street and the bad doggie was off its leash and started really pestering them. I heard her yelling and saw what was happening. I was thinking of grabbing my old police academy PR-24 and maybe thumping on the dog, but Marc Matteoli drove up about then and chased the dog off with his car.
I could hear Marc tell the lady something along the line of "We've had enough of this...". I might add, during the whole affair, no one from the druggie house came out to take care of their dog or see what the ruckus was all about.
Within about fifteen minutes, Eureka Animal Control showed up at the druggie house. The dog was still untethered in the front yard but didn't get too riled up with the puppy policeman. Right after he gets out of his truck someone finally comes out of the house and puts the dog inside the house. The puppy cop spoke with the gal for a minute or so, then left.
Never saw that dog again.
Let's hope it doesn't come to this, but if those dogs do end up attacking someone, hopefully the owner will be dealt with in the same manner as a dog owner in Petaluma whose vicious dogs finally went too far.
Why the Sonoma County DA took a month to charge that guy with the attacks is beyond me. From what I remember reading about that case earlier on, it was pretty much the same as what's going on with this case. Shouldn't have had to think twice about charging him.