|Barked: Thu Jun 28, '07 8:39pm PST |
i am ami moore.
the story in the chicago reader is not true. the reporter as reporter's do, wrote an article that matched their need for a story, not the need for the truth.
the man who was bitten by the dog has stretched the truth, considerably. yes, the dog had an electric training collar around it's neck, but the collar was not active, as this dog was in the conditioning phase of it's program.
the collar is never on during the conditioning part of the program. all training during the conditioning phase is done with leash and collar and treats. during the conditioning part of the program, the dog is taught to follow and to come when called.
the dog was being feed dinner with the collar on, as a part of the conditioning process. the dog escaped and sat directly on the other side of the fence.
the man, as per my conversation with his wife after the incident, saw the dog, walked about 100 feet down the street, crossed the street and trespassed onto someone else's property to get the dog.
he then took the dog in his house and played with it instead of calling the phone numbers on the id tag or going door to door to look for the owner. it is important to note that the dog had tags on that had my phone number and the owners, yet he called neither number.
as per his wife the dog was extremely nervous, paced and repeatedly scratched on the front and back doors to be let in and out while it was in their possession.
when the dog heard me honk and call for it outside, the dog as per the wife attemtped to exit through the front door to return to me, and the husband TRIED TO PHYSICALLY KEEP THE DOG INSIDE. Due to his attempt to restrain the dog, the dog bit him and then he let the dog run out the door to jump in my car.
I feel badly that he was bitten, but it is unwise to attempt to restrain a nervous, fearful or hyper dog physically, as it ALWAYS increases aggression.
again, i feel sorry for the man, and i realize that his heart was in the right place, however, if you don't really understand animals, you should call people who do; like animal control or the police.
Any of the above choices are much better options than taking a strange dog into your home so that those that are attempting to rescue it can't find it.
As for the owners of the dog, they did indeed, recieved every single penny back. This is an easily verifiable fact that the Chicago Reader reporter could have discovered with the barest minimum of effort.
If the Chicago Reader missed such an easily verifiable piece of information that would indeed change the entire nature of the article, that lapse in proper journalistic investigation and fact checking, in and of itself shows that the Chicago Reader and it's reporter crafed an article with less than honorable intentions.