Thursday, February 4, 2010

Terrorism in the Village

Let me be CRYSTAL CLEAR.... if you do NOT know how to properly train and care for a dog, do society a favor and DO NOT get a dog. Fairfax Village was effectively on lockdown for 20 minutes.... and who was the terrorist??? A big Kudjoe like dog. My neighbors and I are still debating about the breed. All I know is that monster had the head of a bulldog and the body of rottweiler.

I picked up my 11 year old Little Sister from Big Sister program. My plan was to bring her to my house, walk my dogs, eat dinner, and then head over to THEARC for the ELEW class and performance. My Little Sister and I are walking my two dogs (Roxie and Joanie) along the 3800 block of W St SE... All of a sudden this monster comes flying toward us. There is nowhere for us to go. I'm thinking I need to protect this little girl, I need to protect my dogs, and oh by the way I need to protect myself.

This monster grabs Joanie by the neck and drags her from the sidewalk to the middle of the street. *** Pause the story for a moment. This dog was about 120 lbs and Joanie is 14 lbs... Unpause*** The dog then slams Joanie to the ground. While this is going on, I'm yelling at my Little Sister to run and call 911. Joanie tries to fight back. The dog leaps at her and she was able to take off running down W St. towards 38th.

My Little Sister was hiding in the bushes in front of 3810 W St SE. I pick up Roxie and move slowly towards her. The dog then comes ready to attack Roxie. I was able to prevent the dog from getting to her by sheilding her with my canvas bag, which fortunately was full of books. By the Grace of God my guardian angel open the door to 3810 W St SE and yelled for us to come in right as this dog was getting ready to attack again. Now this dog is pacing outside the door and I still have no idea where my other dog is located.

My guardian angel said that he called animal control and MPD about 30 minutes before he saw me, because the dog had tried to attack his friend. People in Fairfax Village were returning home from work, so my guardian angel was trying to keep the dog near us. The dog apparently went over to the 2000 block of Fort Davis Street and trapped a woman in her car (according to my neighbors on that side).

MPD arrived and tried to get everyone inside; be it a building or a car. Mind you while all this is going on, I'm still in the building on W St. MPD was able to trap the dog. My second guardian angel was Officer LaFrance. Apparently, Joanie ran home and was standing in front of my building. Officer LaFrance picked her up and checked her out. I took my dog to the animal hospital to be checked out.

NEIGHBORS BE WARNED. MPD released the dog to the owner. I issued a bite report with the DC Animal Control. My dogs Joanie (aka the victim) and Roxie are now on a 10-day quarantine, plus Joanie has to get a first-care inspection. DC Animal Control will post a notice to the owner, plus put that dog under a 10-day quarantine. Then the dog will be inspected to see if it needs to be on the dangerous dog list... ***raises brow*** I guess attacking a dog and terrorizing a neighborhood doesn't count as dangerous.


  1. OMG!!! I know that freaked you out! I am so sorry that happened to you!!! I hope your dogs are okay! I totally can relate - last summer a pit bull off leash and roaming the neighborhood attacked me and my little dog. Guardian angels were looking out for us that day for sure as me and my dog escaped unhurt but scared to death for sure. People should not have dogs if they are not prepared to care for them and keep them under control. This is a real problem in River East as a lot of people have these big dogs and don't even know how to keep them under control. It makes me sick!

  2. Oh my God! I was a witness to this event. As I was parking my car, I noticed that the dog was jumping on my neighbor, who just happens to be pregnant! Somehow he runs away from her, she jumps in my car, and we wait for an escort to our building - 3812 W St. You must have been the one I was talking to through the window! Okay, we must take action. Please send me the address of the dog owner ( Dog laws in DC are clear.

    § 8-1905. Dangerous dog and potentially dangerous dog owner responsibilities.

    It shall be unlawful to:

    (1) Keep a potentially dangerous or dangerous dog without a valid certificate of registration issued under § 8-1904;

    (2) Permit a potentially dangerous dog to be outside a proper enclosure unless the potentially dangerous dog is under the control of a responsible person and restrained by a chain or leash, not exceeding 4 feet in length;

    (3) Fail to maintain a dangerous dog exclusively on the owner's property except for medical treatment or examination. When removed from the owner's property for medical treatment or examination, the dangerous dog shall be caged or under the control of a responsible person and muzzled and restrained with a chain or leash, not exceeding 4 feet in length. The muzzle shall be made in a manner that will not cause injury to the dangerous dog or interfere with its vision or respiration, but shall prevent it from biting any human being or animal;

    (4) Fail to notify the Mayor within 24 hours if a potentially dangerous or dangerous dog is on the loose, is unconfined, has attacked another domestic animal, has attacked a human being, has died, has been sold, or has been given away. If the potentially dangerous or dangerous dog has been sold or given away, the owner shall also provide the Mayor with the name, address, and telephone number of the new owner of the potentially dangerous or dangerous dog;

    (5) Fail to surrender a potentially dangerous or dangerous dog to the Mayor for safe confinement pending disposition of the case when there is a reason to believe that the potentially dangerous or dangerous dog poses a threat to public safety;

    (6) Fail to comply with any special security or care requirements for a potentially dangerous or dangerous dog the Mayor may establish pursuant to § 8-1903; or

    (7) Remove a dangerous dog from the District without written permission from the Mayor.


    (Oct. 18, 1988, D.C. Law 7-176, § 6, 35 DCR 4787; Dec. 5, 2008, D.C. Law 17-281, § 105(e), 55 DCR 9186.)

    § 8-1906. Penalties.

    (a) An owner of a dangerous or potentially dangerous dog who violates the provisions of § 8-1904 or § 8-1905 shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a misdemeanor and be subject to a fine not to exceed $500, imprisonment not to exceed 90 days, or both for a first offense, and a fine not to exceed $1,000, imprisonment not to exceed 90 days, or both for a second or subsequent offense. Prosecutions for violations of § 8-1904 or § 8-1905 pursuant to this subsection shall be brought in the name of the District of Columbia in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia by the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia.

    (b) An owner of a potentially dangerous or dangerous dog that causes serious injury to or kills a human being or a domestic animal without provocation shall be fined up to $10,000.

    (c) A violation of this chapter shall be a civil infraction for purposes of Chapter 18 of title 2. Civil fines, penalties, and fees may be imposed as sanctions for any infraction of the provisions of this chapter, or the rules issued under authority of this chapter, pursuant to Chapter 18 of Title 2 Adjudication of any infractions shall be pursuant to Chapter 18 of Title 2.


    (Oct. 18, 1988, D.C. Law 7-176, § 7 (a)-(c), 35 DCR 4787; Dec. 5, 2008, D.C. Law 17-281, § 105(f), 55 DCR 9186.)

    Please feel free to contact me at 202.907.8319. Thanks.

  3. @The Advoc8te... this is a problem all over the City. Dogs are a huge responsibility. Even as small, docile, and cute as my dogs are, I'm always on guard if someone is petting them. If it's a small child, I always make sure to hold my dogs. It only takes a split second.

    @TD Fox... sent you an email.