Archive for Thursday, December 20, 2012

Lecompton Chihuahua recovering from Rottweiler attack, dog lovers helping with vet bills

December 20, 2012


A Lecompton resident's Chihuahua is recovering from a life-threatening attack by a Rottweiler Saturday, and people are coming forward to help.

Po, the Chihuahua, suffered puncture wounds and broken ribs Saturday when the larger dog wandered into his yard and attacked him, biting him several times.

Rushed to Bradley Animal Hospital, Po survived surgery, and his owner, Heather Anderson, of Lecompton, said he is looking better each day. Even so, Po will require days or weeks of care, and the cost of the veterinary treatment will run in the thousands of dollars — bills Anderson says she can't afford to pay.

She didn't ask for help, but some Douglas County residents such as Josh Hunt, of Lawrence, heard about Po and came forward. They are organizing others who want to chip in a few dollars so that neither Anderson nor the animal hospital are stuck with all of the cost. Hunt said he got involved because, as the owner of two small Chihuahuas named Pablo and Clover, it was easy for him to imagine how upsetting the incident was.

Anderson was at work about 2 p.m. when she began receiving calls from her neighbors and her landlord telling her of the dog attack. Two of her children were at home when it happened.

"They were devastated," Anderson said. "It was horrible to get that call at work with my kids screaming in the background."

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office arrived to put the Rottweiler into the custody of the Lawrence Humane Society while Po was transported to the animal hospital.

At the time, Sgt. Steve Lewis of the sheriff's office said Po's chances of surviving were "fifty-fifty" at best, but the dog has clung to life.

He's not out of the woods yet, staff at the animal hospital said, and he'll remain there for some time. Meanwhile, Hunt and others have raised a few hundred dollars already to put toward the hospital bills.

"Even if we make a dent, every little bit helps," he said.

The Rottweiler, facing charges from the sheriff's office as a repeat offender, has been euthanized by the Humane Society with consent of the owner, said Dori Villalon, executive director of the non-profit organization. The former rescue dog had a history of abuse by a previous owner and was on record at the Humane Society as a prior offender, having previously attacked a Pomeranian.

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Lisa Medsker 5 years, 4 months ago

So relieved to hear that he seems to be recovering! Good boy, Po!

I am also incredibly saddened by the death of the Rottie. I understand why it had to happen, but it still didn't NEED to happen. If his owner had kept him fenced or leashed, ALWAYS, this could have had a different ending.

riverdrifter 5 years, 4 months ago

Good to know they put that rott down. As dog breeds go, rotts and pit bulls should be discontinued.

Take_a_letter_Maria 5 years, 4 months ago

What a stupid and ill informed statement.

The animal that needs to be discontinued is the person that abused the rottweiler in the first place. Treat your animals responsibly and train them properly and there are no more problems with these breeds than any others.

1julie1 5 years, 4 months ago

A very sad story and so nice that people are chipping in to help with the vet bill. I'm wondering, however, why the owner of the Rottweiler isn't responsible for the vet bills? If I read the story correctly the Rottweiler was in the yard belonging to the Chihuahua at the time of the attack.

Patricia Davis 5 years, 4 months ago

Exactly what I was thinking. Small claims court could probably suffice if the neighbor didn't act neighborly.

Ian_Cummings 5 years, 4 months ago

It's possible that the owner of the Rottweiler could be liable for this, but that would require a small claims case. Po's owner is short on time and resources and hasn't yet filed such a case.

Linda Endicott 5 years, 4 months ago

If the dog was a rescue dog, known to have been abused, and if it had already attacked another dog before, then the owner of the rottweiler was highly irresponsible...the dog should not have been allowed outside without leash or such, I would think the owner of the rottweiler would be responsible for the vet bills for the victim...has there been any talk of the owner of the rottweiler facing any charges for his being irresponsible? It seems that this situation was totally avoidable...

rlmtyco 5 years, 4 months ago

AWESOME, i hadn't heard anything since I had went into Bradleys on tuesday. Makes my day to hear that Po is doing better. Tough little guy.

oldbaldguy 5 years, 4 months ago

rottweilers were bred by the romans to be war dogs and pack animals. they fed prisoners to them.

Take_a_letter_Maria 5 years, 4 months ago

You and riverdrifter must be competing for idiotic post of the day.

Rottweilers were actually used by the Romans as herding dogs, but hey, let's not let a good story get in the way of reality.

riverdrifter 5 years, 4 months ago

Care to look up what dog breeds are most responsible for attacks on their masters as well as other dogs?

hail2oldku 5 years, 4 months ago

From a story this week at

“A study performed by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the CDC, and the Humane Society of the United States, analyzed dog bite statistics from the last 20 years and found that the statistics don’t show that any breeds are inherently more dangerous than others. The study showed that the most popular large breed dogs at any one time were consistently on the list of breeds that bit fatally. There were a high number of fatal bites from Doberman pinschers in the 1970s, for example, because Dobermans were very popular at that time and there were more Dobermans around, and because Dobermans’ size makes their bites more dangerous. The number of fatal bites from pit bulls rose in the 1980s for the same reason, and the number of bites from Rottweilers in the 1990s. The study also noted that there are no reliable statistics for nonfatal dog bites, so there is no way to know how often smaller breeds are biting.”

Angela Heili 5 years, 4 months ago

It's not the dog breed, riverdrifter, it's the human that interacts with the dog. It's the uneducated individuals who don't understand that what they do directly impacts the dog, no matter the breed.

Here it is: "The former rescue dog had a history of abuse from a previous owner...".

Any dog that has suffered abuses is going to suffer some ill effects from it. Please do the dog world a favor and educate yourself on dog behavior vs human behavior before you make the ignorant comment that whole breeds need to be "discontinued". As someone who trains dogs and works with behavior modification for over 25 years I'd be happy to help with your education.

bearded_gnome 5 years, 4 months ago

The former rescue dog had a history of abuse by a previous owner and was on record at the Humane Society as a prior offender, having previously attacked a Pomeranian.

---which leaves me wondering: what is wrong with that Rottie's owner??? maybe he/she shouldn't be let out off leash either due to such irresponsibility letting such a dog run loose.

so glad Po is on the mend and people are helping. dogs deserve our every consideration and care, they give so much.

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