An 81-year-old man is devastated after the loss of his 14-year-old dog mauled and killed by four larger dogs while on a walk in the park, reports AbcNews.
“I never, ever in my wildest dreams ever expected anything like this. It’s very unfortunate. I don’t know why it had to happen to me. I dedicated all my years to this dog, and that’s why it’s very difficult to get away from that,” stated Kurt Haupt about the tragic death of his dog.
On March 9, Haupt and his 14-year-old long haired dachshund, Dacky went for a walk to Toronto’s Centennial Park. There Dacky was attacked by four unleashed large dogs. Haupt witnessed his dog being bitten multiple times by what an official with Toronto Animal Services described as three “dark brown” Labrador retrievers and a tan-colored dog of similar size but of unknown breed. Especially distressing was the man who had been walking the unleashed dogs, left the scene as Haupt held his dying dog in his arms. Sadly Dacky died that morning. Perhaps the understanding of how bonded Haupt and Dacky were, made this unmerciful situation even more tragic. Haupt spent the majority of his life alone, although he was never really alone, because he always had Dacky as his best friend. After nursing his senior dog back from a debilitating back injury last year, Haupt cooked for his dog, groomed him and saw him through all of his medical needs throughout the years.
According to the Toronto Sun, on Tuesday police arrested Kiriakos Nendos, 46, at his parents’ home and charged him with interfering with a public place. Toronto Animal Services removed five dogs. The licensing department said Nendos also faces charges under Ontario’s dog owners’ liability act.
A GoFundMe page has since been created asking for sympathy cards for Haupt as well as donations to pay for his dog’s cremation expenses, a donation to an animal charity and a new rescue – another senior dog who will most likely need veterinary clearance and treatment. The donation goal has since been met and closed. Haupt is very thankful to local resident Sue Dunstan, who although she never knew Haupt before this tragedy, reached out to help him and talks to him every day about how wonderful Dacky was and how he is now so alone.
In a month or two, Haupt will most likely adopt a new pooch.
“Even if I would get the same breed, a mini dachshund with long hair, all dogs are a little bit different. With my other dog, it didn’t come for an end the way I hoped for. With a new dog, maybe it would be a brand new beginning,” sadly stated Haupt.
It is unknown what the fate of the other dogs will be. Rest in peace Dacky.
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