WINNIPEG – The fate of a black Labrador Retriever that killed another dog and charged at a toddler in Lindenwoods will be up for debate at City Hall on Friday.
Coco has been officially labelled as a dangerous dog by the city’s Animal Services department after a pair of incidents earlier this year, but the owner is appealing that decision.
According to a report filed at City Hall, Coco jumped over a fence and went after a two year old who was sitting in a backyard. The toddler’s father kicked the dog before it could reach the child, but Coco then went after the family’s dog.
Coco even managed to get inside the house, but the man grabbed him by the collar and pulled Coco outside.
No injuries were reported in the incident.
The report states that Coco would jump over the fence to play with the previous homeowner’s dog, according to his owner and that Coco was accustomed to entering the yard for about one year.
The report also shows Coco killed a Shih Tzu in August. A woman was walking her dog down the street when she saw a black lab running out its yard.
“The lab grabbed the victim’s dog by the neck and began to thrash and bite it causing death,” the report said which also mentioned a bystander was bit while trying to separate the two dogs.
That person was taken away by ambulance.
Residents in the area have heard about the incidents and are concerned for their own safety.
“I would like to see the dog out of the area,” said Darwin Hamilton who lives nearby. “The owners should be punished for what they’re doing with that dog and not taking care of it.”
The dangerous dog designation means Coco’s owners would have to ensure the dog is kept indoors or in a locked pen outdoors. The owners would also have to muzzle Coco if he’s taken out of the house and they would have to take out a $1 million insurance policy for any harm or injury caused by the dog.
Animal Services says Coco’s owner has hired a trainer to work with the dog and was making an appointment to get him neutered. The owners want to keep Coco and have shown remorse for what has happened, the report said.
The Committee on Protection, Community Services and Parks will be meeting on Friday to discuss the appeal.
Coco’s owners declined an interview request.