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    Default Man slashes dog's eye for being racist

    You can't make this shit up! :steam:



    SPCA: Frustrated worker slashed dog that disliked minorities
    BY SHAWN COHEN LOHUD.com April 7, 2010

    YONKERS, N.Y. A man who had grown tired of the incessant barking of a dog that dislikes minorities was arrested Monday night after he slashed its face, police said.

    The German shepherd lost an eye, and the suspect who worked for an oil delivery business where the dog stood guard was arrested on a felony aggravated cruelty charge. He also was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor.

    Andrew Owens, 58, was arraigned Tuesday in City Court after spending the night in jail. He admitted to the crime, police said.

    "The dog reacts to black people, Hispanics, anyone who is not white," owner Paul Tocco said. "She always barked at him. He (Owens) was well aware the dog didn't like him, and he knew to stay away from her."
    SPCA: Frustrated worker slashed dog that disliked minorities | APP.com | Asbury Park Press

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    Let the punishment fit the crime.

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    The dog does sound like sort of a prick, but this was overboard, obviously.
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    it's one thing to yell at a dog for barking at you, it's another thing to be cruel to an animal

    by that man's rationale it should be fine for another dog to bite our doglette's eye out just because she barks at dogs only! :rolli:
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    This is just beyond...

    The attacker is an idiot but the owner is a bigger idiot. And the dog suffers the most. Sheesh, people.

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    Even though the owner stated that the dog wasn't trained to behave this way, I have to wonder whether there wasn't some sort of influence to the dog's behavior or discrimination.

    Although, acting aggressively towards a dog that's already distrustful of the person probably doesn't help much. There really isn't much point in attacking that dog... other than as a means of shutting it up from consistently barking at him.

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    What? Like the dog is self-aware enough to realize that it's being racist and committing a faux pas? It's a fucking dog. Actually, I heard a news report a few years ago about a man who killed his dog because the dog copulated with other male dogs. "I'll show you, fag dog". Please...

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    Aren't dogs pretty colorblind?

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    Dogs operate on the basis of scent recognition to determine threats (unfamiliar odors) - this is especially true in the case of security dogs. Besides scent recognition and response, certain types of dogs are conditioned to obey phrase commands which their owner trains them to anticipate, in the event of an unfamiliar person.

    Ergo, the dog was responding to people it didn't recognize. Ethnicity has nothing to do with the picture, and is instead a case of human error.

    Tragic human error.

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    I can understand the guy being angry about the dog. Maybe the owner didn't train the dog to dislike minorities, but enough people do it that you might assume that he had. Unfortunately, it isn't the dog's fault and the people that do train animals that way aren't hurt in the least by this dog losing an eye or this guy going to jail.
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