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