Stormy’s home: Shelburne dog who bit child gets reprieve

Amy Woolvett, The Vanguard
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SHELBURNE – Stormy and her puppies have been returned to her family after spending two weeks in the municipal dog pound, her fate uncertain.

14-year-old Josh Brown touches his newly returned dog’s paw on Tuesday afternoon. Stormy was returned to her owners after spending two weeks in the Municipality of Shelburne's dog pound after attacking a four-year-old boy. The beagle mix had a litter of puppies while in the pound.

“I am just overwhelmed and happy,” said Claire Brown, Stormy’s owner.

Earlier this month, a neighbouring four-year-old child in Roseway Park wandered into the dog’s yard and the six-year-old beagle mix bit him causing puncture wounds and bruising to his face.

Seized by the Municipality of Shelburne, the dog’s fate was in question. It was later determined that Stormy was pregnant and that may have been a contributing factor to the attack.

The child’s mother has since been the focus of many negative comments on social media and on comment boards on news sites, but the dog’s owner called for understanding.

“I do not agree with anyone being that hard on her,” said Brown. “Everyone is okay and that is what is important…in my eyes no one is to blame.”

The fenceless backyard of Brown’s home has since been transformed with beware of dog signs and a giant pen built by Brown’s teenage son, Josh.

Josh had built the structure over the weekend in an effort to have the dog returned.

“I was happy,” said Josh, on getting his family pet back. “I was worried things were going to be worse.”

He said all of the puppies have been spoken for.

Brown was amazed by the community support she received. A fund has been set up to help pay for the insurance the dog now requires and for Stormy to be spayed.

“I was overwhelmed that strangers could be so supportive,” she said. “I want to thank everyone for their support.”

She hopes there will be no residual hard feelings with her neighbour.

“No one knows what actually happened,” she said. “Let this be a lesson to all of us.”

Geographic location: Shelburne, Roseway Park

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  • Bazzy1
    June 01, 2014 - 07:49

    Glad to hear that the dog and her puppies have been returned home! Glad that the municipality of Shelburne , looked at the situation very carefully! Sorry owner, I do not feel sorry for the Mother! What this scenario has shown the public is that a child can wander onto an individuals property and touch an owners dog without permission. Yes, you had a happy ending, but what about people who don't. Why should an animal be penalized for lack of supervision by a parent! I am a dog owner, and be darned that my dog would be put down due to a parent incompetence!

  • Sarah M
    June 01, 2014 - 07:31

    While I am thrilled Stormy was destroyed, I am concerned about the life she is sentenced to live...locked in a kennel. It's possible we don't know the whole story and she isn't in there 24/7 but part of me worries about the possible neglect she is suffering. Please people, don't get a dog if you aren't looking for a family member. Don't get a dog just to tie it outside...what a miserable existance that would be.

  • JCR
    May 30, 2014 - 09:09

    Thank goodness Stormy is home. The lesson is that parents should know where their kids are and should be taught that you do not approach a strange animal.

  • Regina Stutzin
    May 29, 2014 - 13:40

    How about you keep the dog in your house where she belongs as part of the family. Dirt why is she pregnant, didn't feel like spaying her, why because we need more dogs in the world. Then you tether her outside without her have a defense mechanism against other animals while she is pregnant. Now she has a pen in the backyard why is she always penned up. I hate people.

  • Franca Piper
    May 29, 2014 - 12:33

    Parents need to teach their kids that it's NOT ok to just wander into a dogs yard. It's not fair that because someone can't keep an eye on their kids an innocent dog has to be put down. The dog didn't go into the kids yard, the kid went into the dogs yard. Maybe the kids parents should be punished fot it for not being responsible parents.

  • giovanna
    May 29, 2014 - 10:17

    Shouldnt someome call child services because the preschooler didnt have proper supervision? It is not the dog faults at all. It is the stupid parents that were too lazy to watch their child.

  • kinnera
    May 29, 2014 - 01:18

    any mother is defensive about her kids,be it a dog or a human.it wasnt the dogs fault at all,she just felt insecure and ,if anyone needs to held responsible,its the kids parents for no proper supervision! dont kill an innocent soul just because you have the power to do so!be humane!not human!

  • Jami
    May 28, 2014 - 21:11

    Seems to me if the parents had kept an eye on their child this never would have happened. It's the parents fault for being too lazy to watch their kid to make sure the brat didn't wander into someone else's yard, not the dog's fault. Tell the parents they're morons and leave the dog alone.

  • KAREN CHAPIN
    May 28, 2014 - 17:38

    This poor dog who was in her backyard is now in danger of loosing her life all bcuz the parents weren't watching their child. Shouldn't the parents be under investigation for child endangerment. Of course they won't be bcuz it's easier to just euthanize the dog. THIS IS WRONG!!! THE DOG SHOULD NOT BE IN DANGER, SAVE HER!!

  • Mike Denniston
    May 28, 2014 - 16:55

    I do believe it is the parents of the child that was bitten is at fault in this event. The dog is not at fault.