Warning follows vicious dog killing
Don’t let animals roam
Kerry Beckett hopes the death of Jimmy Bonez will stand as a warning to dog owners who allow their animals to roam at night.
Jimmy, an 8-year-old pitbull whose bark was louder than his bite, was found dead after allegedly being dragged across the concrete and pinned to the ground with a garden utensil.
Owner Carole Martis woke as usual on the morning of July 24 to make sure her son was awake.
‘‘He was already awake, he was crying on his bed.’’
She said he had seen Jimmy lying on the front yard and called to him.
When he didn’t respond he knew he was dead, Martis said.
At first Martis thought their red- nosed family member had been hit by a car and placed on the front yard.
‘‘It was my son who noticed he had been pinned down with a garden implement . . . We think that he had been enticed with food and then bashed around the head because he had blood coming out of his nose.’’
The incident has left the whole family feeling violated and nervous.
‘‘ That’s what I’m scared of, they’ve killed my dog, are they going to come back and burgle us?’’
Senior animal control officer Beckett said it was ‘‘atrocious’’.
She said the dog had clearly been dragged along the concrete by his back legs as his paws were all ripped up.
In her 20 years working in animal control she said she has seen very few cases such as this.
‘‘But then I think that it goes on more than we know and the owners just don’t know what happened to their dog.’’
Martis said they had already buried Jimmy when they phoned animal control about another issue and it wasn’t until then that they realised animal control would be interested.
Beckett said no dog should go through what Jimmy did but she said it needs to be a lesson to all owners.
‘‘Keep your dogs on your property is the biggest thing . . . Know where your dogs are at all times so someone can’t get hold of it and do something like this.’’
She said it is not animal control that owners need to be afraid of.
‘‘People allow dogs to roam at night because we aren’t on the streets but these things happen then.’’