Akita Attacks Leashed Dog in New Canaan

The aggressor's owner must pay $167 in fines, police said.


A New Canaan woman faces $167 in fines after her Akita traveled off-property on Indian Waters Drive Feb. 5 and attacked a leashed dog, police said.

The victim—see photos—who suffered several lacerations and other injuries, was a Karelian, according to Officer Mary Ann Kleinschmitt of the New Canaan Police Department Animal Control Unit.

The breed “looks like a short-haired border collie,” Kleinschmitt said. There are only two Karelians in town, both owned by the same individual.

By law, the owner of the aggressor dog in a situation like that is responsible for damage to the victim, she said.

The American Kennel Club describes Akitas as "large, powerful and alert." DogBreedInfo.com describes the Karelian Bear Dog as highly loyal and intelligent.

The incident occurred at 9:53 a.m., police said. The Akita’s owner specifically was cited for allowing a dog to roam and nuisance dog, according to Kleinschmitt. The owner must pay or plead by Feb. 22.

Kelly Frankenfield February 15, 2013 at 01:40 PM
Poor dog. Wonder if the Akita was supposed to be "confined" by an electric fence.
Kelly Rodman February 15, 2013 at 03:23 PM
This article is so unfortunate as it doesn't state the history, and aggressiveness of the dog that was attacked. I'm very close to the owners of the Akitas and I know how upset they are that this took place, but would never choose to comment on their behalf as they have taken no action against the family whose dog was attacked even though they have had cause to. Three years ago I was walking with the akitas and the two kids and the Karalian dog charged out of its yard into the road lunging at the kids, the dogs and I. I was hurt when the male akita tried to protect us and I, being a responsible person, held onto him. Since then, about a year ago, the Karalian again got out of its yard, charging at the husband, wife and kids up by their home and the husband was able to control his Akita, but in the process was bitten by the Karalian! cont..
Kelly Rodman February 15, 2013 at 03:23 PM
cont....The family who owns the akitas never brought these situations to the attention of the police, believing that living in a small town you should try to deal with this between the families. Nor did they charge this family for the doctors bills incurred in both instances. However the family of the Karalian wouldn't even return phone calls when their dog bit the homeowner. I myself have two greyhounds, and everyone knows that greyhounds are very docile dogs! My dogs, during the last storm had to stay at the home of the Akitas, as the homeowners were away. Not once did the akitas show any aggression towards my dogs. My dogs, hate the Karalian, because that dog has also shown aggression towards my dog on numerous occasions. The Karalian has attacked and tormented this family during the past 3 years, continually getting out of it's yard often and heading straight to the akitas home, circling the home, barking and tormenting the dogs that live there. On one such occasion, I spent 2 hours helping their nanny capture their dog, put the dog in my car and brought it back to their home. Not once in the three years, of this taking place has this family taken any responsibility or done anything to stop their dogs aggressiveness. I'm writing this, because I feel strongly that people should know how nasty the dog that got attacked is, and how his aggression has unfortunately culminated in this sad turn of events.
KL February 15, 2013 at 05:25 PM
While I honestly believe that dogs are in fact (let us not forget) animals and these things can happen, I do know for a fact that people are not recommended to own Karelian bear dogs. They are used by professionals to scare bears away from human areas. They are notoriously difficult to train and are NOT recommended for the average person, so Kelly I do believe the Akita was not the only dog at fault!
mary parker March 03, 2013 at 04:31 AM
I love how in this article the owner of agressive dog who was tickited, did not have their name posted and their house number posted and a map pointing out where they live, yet when my dog chased a neighbors dog back into their yard and was accussed of biting the owner, my name, address and a map of where my house was located was posted on Patch. And also a picture of my dog was posted. So also in the past their dog has come on my property and tried to bite us. Why was I black listed and not other's? My dog didn't bite her, her dog did when she went to pick him up.
mary parker March 03, 2013 at 04:54 AM
I have had an Akita and know of owners who have had Akitas. They are very agessive dogs who are territorial and protective of their owners in agressive ways. I had to put my Akita down when she was 9 years old. She was a nightmare from the day I adopted her from the Humane Society age 2 yrs. old. Attacking neighborhood dogs, breaking through my front door, jumping through the screens of my windows, killing scunks, attacking my other dog, biting me, jumping over 6 foot fences. And then trying to attack my 2 year old daughter who was holding a candy bar. Thank god my oldest daughter was able to grab her collar first to give me time to get to the dog and pull her away and lock her up. Akitas are dangerous and unpredictable dogs especially when they get older. Every Akita I have come across except for young ones have been agressive and very territorial. they are the one dog I don't trust.


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