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Police Issue Restraint Order for Dog that Bit 5-Year-Old in Avon Business

Princess, a Korean Jindo, was in quarantine at the Avon Canine Shelter from Nov. 9 until Thanksgiving.

An Avon resident and tailor now has to keep his dog muzzled and on a leash in public after she bit a 5-year-old and was quarantined for two weeks, police said Thursday.

Sail Park, owner of Mr. Park's Tailor at 16 Ensign Dr. in the Shops at Avon Green, often brought his Jindo dog Princess to the shop prior to the incident. A customer learned Nov. 8 after leaving the shop that the dog bit her daughter, though she didn't see it happen.

“The dog was lying underneath the table in the store and jumped out and nipped her right hand," Avon Police Lt. Kelly Walsh said. 

The mother called her daughter's pediatrician for advice but did not bring her in for treatment, Walsh said. The bite was minor.

After the girl's mother reported it to Avon-Canton Animal Control Officer Beverly LaPlume, LaPlume quarantined the dog from Nov. 9 until Thanksgiving. LaPlume said that she is required by state law to quarantine a dog that has bitten someone for 14 days after the bite occurs regardless of whether a dog has had a rabies vaccination or not.

During that period, the animal control officer monitors the "disposition" or behavior of the dog and any issues that may arise, LaPlume said. Quarantining a dog also prevents it from biting anyone else during the two weeks.

Princess is an 11-year-old Korean Jindo from Park's home country. The breed is known to be loyal to one master, LaPlume said. While she didn't note any issues with the dog while it was kept in the Avon Canine Shelter, LaPlume said that "she was fearful and didn't want us to touch her."

The dog has since been returned to Park.

"Beverly released the dog out of quarantine with a restraint order that says the dog has to be leashed at all times and muzzled when in public," Walsh said.

LaPlume said that Park and his wife expressed gratitude for the good care Animal Control took of Princess during the quarantine period.

"He was very nice," LaPlume said. "He cooperated fully with me."

No arrest or citations were made, Walsh said. Other than a roaming dog violation involving Princess reported in 2009, there have been no prior documented incidents with the dog in town, according to police department records.

The dog was not at the store when Avon Patch stopped by on Thursday. Park declined to comment.

Karen's Dog Training Blog November 30, 2012 at 03:14 AM
I reported this dog roaming a couple months ago - it was running loose near the police station....and growled at us. Officer I reported it to said they knew the dog and that it was always roaming. Glad that action was taken - people at FVAC told me they saw the dog once in awhile and that it was not friendly. The dog was fortunate that it was not hit by a car on Rt 44.
Jessie Sawyer (Editor) November 30, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Thanks for sharing Karen. There was only one roaming dog violation listed in police records. I will ask for clarification. Jessie Sawyer Editor, Avon Patch
Karen's Dog Training Blog November 30, 2012 at 02:09 PM
That's fine. I don't honestly think they bothered to do anything. I walked into the police station and reported it.
Karen's Dog Training Blog November 30, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Here is my posting in Patch back in May http://avon.patch.com/announcements/is-your-shiba-inu-dog-missing
Jessie Sawyer (Editor) November 30, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Hey Karen, I followed up with Lt. Kelly Walsh and she said that the 2009 roaming dog report was the only documented incident the department has for the Jindo. The dog in the story is a Korean Jindo, not a Shiba Inu, though the dogs do look very similar. -Jessie
Karen's Dog Training Blog November 30, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Hi Jessie A shiba and a jindo are very similar looking dogs. I have seen both breeds personally up close. Jindos are not as commonly seen here so when I saw the dog I called it a Shiba. I did not get close to the dog because he was growling at me when I called out to it. I went into Avon PD, reported the dog on the date mentioned in Patch when I posted the dog and asked if anyone was missing a dog. It was the dog owned by the tailor- that I am 100 percent sure of. The officer at the desk chose NOT to put it on the record. I was with another person who can attest to the fact that we saw the dog, it growled at us and I reported a roaming and growling dog to the officer inside Avon PD. Perhaps Avon PD is concerned that the dog now has a bite on its record, and that they did not take action the day I reported the dog lying in the grass in back of the police station sunning itself and then growling at us. I reported it and they did not record it or take action. Those are the facts and I would testify under oath. As for the cutesy comment by Doc McGruff "And folks once again, we have Karen ROAMING around on Patch again." Your point? Again the dog we saw was the same dog. I have seen that dog roaming more than once. I only reported it the one time and nothing was done or recorded.
Jessie Sawyer (Editor) November 30, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Hey Karen, Yes the two breeds are very similar looking and it sounds like it was the same area, so it very well may have been. It looks like it wasn't documented. If you have questions or concerns, I would recommend calling the police department to inquire about it and they may have more information. -Jessie
Jessie Sawyer (Editor) November 30, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Folks, a comment has been removed because it violated our terms of service. http://avon.patch.com/terms. Please refrain from posting personal attacks in the comments and be respectful. Jessie Sawyer Editor, Avon Patch
Karen's Dog Training Blog November 30, 2012 at 09:08 PM
My apology! I made an error in the Patch posting about the dog in May 2012 - I reported dog on May 28, 2012 NOT 2011 - typo in my date, but article shows up on Patch in May 2012. That may be why no report found. Sorry ... just caught the date typo just now
Jessie Sawyer (Editor) November 30, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Karen, Thanks for the update. I asked Lt. Walsh in general if there had been any other incidents with the dog, including the one you mentioned, and she said the one in 2009 was the only other documented one. You could try asking her or someone else at the department for clarification. Thanks! -Jessie
Jim Dean December 03, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Karen: Cut it out, please! Its over, Jonny
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