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Rudy is Missing — Have you Seen Him?

Dog last seen near Mendon Road.

Rudy, a brown and white pit bull, went missing recently.

He got off his leash and out of his collar and ran out of the yard onto Mendon Road where he was hit by a car.

The driver of the car said Rudy ran towards Cass Ave.

If you've seen him, send an email to 8cxg9-4328300678@comm.craigslist.org 

Rudy is brown with a white chest and paws.

More info: http://www.helpinglostpets.com/petdetail/?id=161526

Info via RI LOST PETS on Facebook.
Keith Swerling February 14, 2014 at 06:09 PM
Rudy is now home safe!
Melissa Murray February 16, 2014 at 08:36 AM
So happy for you!
Mark Schieldrop (Editor) February 16, 2014 at 08:37 AM
Great news.
Steve February 16, 2014 at 04:19 PM
Yeah, you (the owner) should breath a sigh of relief that this pit bull (who escaped) didn't attack a dog walker, their pet or another person in general. Hopefully, the owner (Who let this dog escape) has the proper insurance to cover any suits that may have been filed when and if this dog would have attacked anyone or anything. I think a follow up by the Woonsocket animal control officer is in order here?
Melissa Murray February 16, 2014 at 11:15 PM
Seriously, Steve? You can't just be happy that this story has a happy ending and that an animal that is obviously loved and cared for made it home safe and sound? Any dog (no matter the breed) can be dangerous, just as any dog can accidentally slip his collar and run scared. To get caught up in theoretical worst case scenarios instead of being grateful for a happy outcome is ridiculous.
Steve February 17, 2014 at 08:50 AM
Melissa, do some homework here, how many times have you heard of a killer chihuahua on the loose. Ummmm, NONE! remember this attack last year? Just up the road a bit: http://www.valleybreeze.com/2013-09-25/woonsocket-north-smithfield/neighbor-says-north-smithfield-aco-followed-law-pit-bull-last#.UwIS3_tx5j4 Sound familiar? No, I don't feel good when Pit Bulls get loose!
Steve February 17, 2014 at 11:37 AM
Also, Melissa, are you aware of the "Vicious Dog" ordinances that are currently on the books in Woonsocket and several other towns? http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusrist4_13_1_4_19_21.htm#s13_1_1 4-13-15.1. Ordinances concerning unrestricted and vicious dogs prohibited -- Leash laws. -- (a) City or town councils may make any ordinances concerning dogs in their cities or towns as the councils deem expedient, pertaining to the conduct of dogs, which ordinances shall include regulations relating to unrestricted dogs, leash laws, confinement, and destruction of vicious dogs. Those ordinances may provide as follows: (1) Every owner or custodian of a dog shall cause that dog not to run unrestricted anywhere in the city or town. This section does not apply to any person who uses a dog under his or her direct supervision while lawfully hunting, while engaged in a supervised formal obedience training class or show or during formally sanctioned field trials. (2) It is unlawful for any owner of a dog to place that dog or allow it to be placed in the custody of any other person not physically capable of maintaining effective control of restricting the dog. (3) The city or town dog officer is empowered to seize and impound any dog found off the property of its owner or custodian when that dog is unrestricted. (4) Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be fined not exceeding two hundred and fifty dollars ($250). Was Animal Control notified? Any fines handed out? As a City Council member, are you following up on this situation?
Steve February 17, 2014 at 04:08 PM
Also Melissa, looking at this photo, no dog tags appear to present on the dog. Is this Pit Bull registered in the city? Does it have the proper vaccinations and shots? Is the owner properly insured to have a pit bull in his place of residence? Maybe you should consult with Animal Control to see what the status of this Pit Bull is? This is EXACTLY the reason why my wife and I, when walking our dog, have pepper spray handy to stop any aggressive dogs that may enter our way, regardless of how they "Got Loose"! How about thinking about this situation as a public threat to your constituents, rather than a feel good story about another "Harmless Pit Bull" being returned home! I'm a firm believer that public safety comes first? How about you?
Keith Swerling February 17, 2014 at 10:43 PM
Steve. If you had bothered to read the post, this puppy is friendly. You are generalizing. All Pit Bulls are not dangerous. None of the current ordinances in RI have anything to do with Pit Bulls. I am more afraid of running into you on the street than being attacked by a loose puppy.
Melissa Murray February 17, 2014 at 11:38 PM
Steve, You can't even be sure when or where that photo was taken. You are making unsubstantiated and grandiose assumptions about a specific situation of which you know nothing about (this particular dog and his owner). I was a veterinary technician for several years, I managed a high volume communal dog daycare and boarding facility in Atlanta for four years and I have been involved in canine rescue and foster for 14 years. Is that enough "homework" for you? During that time I have been bitten 3 times. By a black lab, by a Chihuahua (yes, a Chihuahua) and by a cranky geriatric cat. I have met at least a hundred pitbulls and I can honestly say that I have never been in fear of my safety around a pitbull. You simply cannot assume the temperament of a dog based solely on it's breed. An animal is only as good as it's owner. A dog was accidentally lost. Fortunately, he was found and reunited with his owner. For that I am grateful. Had it been you posting about your lost dog I would have responded the same way. You are making a mountain out of a mole hill here.
Steve February 18, 2014 at 09:53 AM
Keith/Melissa, I've heard this in all cases where a pit bull has mauled and killed, It was such a NICE dog! You, as a vicious dog owner have responsibilities, and number ONE is to not let this dog get LOOSE, under any circumstances. Also, you, as a vicious dog owner, have a responsibility to carry certain insurance policies covering this vicious dog for damages caused if or when it gets loose and does harm to other animals or people. These are your responsibilities as a vicious dog owner. And yes Melissa, I can assume a temperate of a dog just because of it's breed! After the recent pit bull maulings and killings in North Smithfield, and living here in "Pit Bull" heaven, other wise known as the City of Woonsocket", I don't consider this to be a mole hill, rather a "Mountain" of a problem! Like I asked you before, as a standing member of the City Council, was Animal Control ever notified of this vicious dog escape? As one of your constituents, I am asking you a direct question. Thank you.
Steve February 18, 2014 at 06:45 PM
Thank you Melissa, Glad to see you can end a discussion when you see fit! Maybe when you get your "Councilwoman Voice" on and check this site out which I posted earlier: http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusrist4_13_1_4_19_21.htm#s13_1_1 4-13-15.1, you may get a better understanding of the violations that were made here. Also, maybe you should look up the term "Vicious Breeds" in RI State Law. And as always, thank you for representing your constituents! I'll make sure I touch base with you in the future if any other municiple issues come up........... NOT!

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