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Owner Turns In Great Dane Accused of Killing Golden Retriever in Wentzville Dog Park

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Buddy the Golden Retriever.
As eleven-year-old Buddy, a Golden Retriever, lay dying in the grass at a Wentzville dog park, Nick Andres wasn't thinking about finding the dog that attacked it -- or the owner who let it happen.

"I was only focused on my dog and my family," Andres tells Daily RFT. "I was hoping someone would do their part and let me handle my dog. I put him first. If [the Great Dane's owner] got away, he got away."

On Monday, the Great Dane's owner turned the accused dog over to authorities, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The dog is now being held in St. Peters by St. Charles County animal control officers.

About 75 people were at Quail Ridge's off-leash dog park when a black Great Dane apparently attacked and killed Buddy. Andres was at the park with Buddy, his fiance and her dog, Pongo.

"There were so many dogs there," Andres says, including puppies and older dogs. "Buddy was sniffing the ground like he always does, doing his thing, when he was attacked."

See also: Stray Rescue: $10k Reward for Info on Scumbags Who Tortured, Mutilated & Killed Dogs

Andres describes Buddy as a laid-back, loving dog who still caught frisbees, played with the neighborhood kids and jumped into his truck even after eleven years.

"He was so intelligent and so intuitive," Andres says. "If he could talk, he'd be a person. I'll never be able to replace him."


Skip to the 2:07 mark to see images of the Quail Ridge Park off-leash area.

Buddy's death has soured Andres on dog parks and off-leash areas, and he warns others to beware.

Editor's note: This story's original headline incorrectly stated that the Great Dane killed the Golden Retriever. We apologize for the error.

"You don't know what kind of dogs are there, you don't know what kinds of owners are there," Andres says. "Think twice before you go. I won't ever be back to another dog park."
Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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davidjo65
davidjo65

I feel horrible for Buddy, any loss of a dog is hard.  As an owner/breeder of Danes with 30 years experience, I seriously doubt this was an unprovoked attack......Danes do not do that.  I've raised both Euro and American Danes, neither personalities fit this profile.  Either way, Buddy lost his life and that is a tragedy.........I'll always stand behind my claim Great Danes are the most docile breed of dog out there.........

Marc Ford
Marc Ford

I Found Other places to take my dogs. I stopped going because of the owners, not the dogs. Dogs fight at parks, it's going to happen. I've seen dogs in a fight and an owner kick the dog that wasn't his. Owners are way harder to deal with than the dogs.

Molly Balch
Molly Balch

This is a freak accident, nothing more and nothing less.although certainly tragic, there is no way to prevent 100% of accidents. What? Background checks for all dogs to enter dog parks? Who is going to pay for that? And both dogs in this case had no violent background anyway.

Bettemarie Judy
Bettemarie Judy

Everyone has a right to hear both sides of the story. A Great Dane doesn't just go up to another dog and attack...there is more to it.

Heidi Casseroledish
Heidi Casseroledish

Um, he doesn't own a dog day care. But if you need so much hilarity, ok.

Tara Baietto
Tara Baietto

I would like to hear the owner of the Great Danes side of the story. There's always two sides.

Constance Cafazza
Constance Cafazza

Of course his suggestion was a "dog day care". $$$$$$$$$$$ . haa hahahaa haahahaha hahahaa!!!!

Constance Cafazza
Constance Cafazza

YEs. I think dog parks are fundamentally unsafe. I also think that highways are fundamentally unsafe, as well as walking alone at night and letting a kid skateboard. Post some "rainbow bridge" memery and let's move on.

Heidi Casseroledish
Heidi Casseroledish

Our dog's trainer advises against them. His recommendation was a dog day care where the employees are trained in animal behavior, they take time to test each dog's temperament, and basically go through a selection process for dog and owner. Dog parks are a nice idea but anyone can wander in and they don't always watch their dog or even if they do watch their dog, don't notice behavior cues that trouble could be starting.

Nita Biffar
Nita Biffar

we have taken our little schnauzer to that same dog park, can't imagine the pain the owners are feeling. To the guy who left, shame on you, stand up and be a man, take responsibility, your dog is a reflection of who you are, guess that says it all doesn't it. we will have to find a new place to take her.

Genia Ackworth
Genia Ackworth

No, but owners have to decide when they want to allow their pets to go in. If big dogs are in there or certain breeds I wouldn't do it. Why? Because, just like bad parents, some pet owners are bad too. No discipline at all.

Gina Mackay
Gina Mackay

Just went to one today....my dog and I had the best time...there is risk in everything.

James Seago
James Seago

Ru kidding me?! Most things in this world are "unsafe". Driving down the road is unsafe. People die everyday. The potential for unsafe lives with us on a daily basis but we keep on keepin on. It's life son. Live it and love it.

Donna Dugan
Donna Dugan

Even on trips, when u stop at a rest area never take ur dog to the designated dog area.

Donna Dugan
Donna Dugan

Parvo virus can live in the ground for like 10 yrs!

Donna Dugan
Donna Dugan

Have been told by my vet & dog trainer NEVER take ur dog to a fog park! Patvo virus

Kate Rossiter
Kate Rossiter

My dog was attacked at a dog park-that's what happens when stupid people don't follow park rules.

Gina Evans
Gina Evans

Yes because you may not know hw your dog or someone else's dog will react. Plus if there are many, watch out!

Ellen Bond
Ellen Bond

I agree! This is a disaster waiting to happen!! Keeps happening! Wake up!!!

Steve Horak
Steve Horak

the real side to the story is nobody involved raised their dogs to be vicious. accidents happen. a dog park is a big risk for any dog there. making conclusions with out being there just shows ignorance.

Brenna Whitehurst
Brenna Whitehurst

Owner's side of the story: I would like to start off by saying that I'm sorry for the loss of the golden retriever. But to every story there is always another side and this is my side: On the Sunday that this tragedy happen we were only at the dog park for maybe 15 mins. Zoe and Zeus were playing, I was talking to another Dane owner when I looked over and saw my dog ( Zeus ) Leaning against my girlfriend while she petted him. Then the dog (buddy) came up under Zeus belly and between his legs and nipped at his front paws. This in turn startled Zeus and they began to fight. My girlfriend tried to break it up and I immediately ran over( I was only 15 ft away) and took control of my dog. It got crazy another dog got in the fight and more guys came to help. I had Zeus in a choke hold the entire time and under my control while they tried to pull the other dog off buddy. The owner of buddy was not trying to help he ran down after the fight and while myself and other guys were in the middle of it. He screamed and yelled to get of his dog. When it was all over I was laying on top of Zeus and another gentleman was laying on top of another black dog screaming for the owners and no one was coming forward. Once that owner stepped up the gentleman that was laying on their dog started getting extremely vulgar and aggressive towards the young dog owner. I got up and walked away with Zeus and left. Was that right to do probably not but at that time I thought a physical altercation was going to happen and for personal reasons avoided it. Buddy was still breathing when I left. I felt horrible and did not know that he died till the next day when my dog groomer called me about it, not from seeing it on the news like everyone thinks. I went and turned myself in and Zeus after I talked to the dog groomer. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and make what ever irrational judgement they want but the truth in the matter is my dog Zeus is not an aggressive dog and I'm not a bad guy like I'm being made out to be. I'm a great father to some great girls with the two youngest being 5 and 8. If I would of ever thought my dog was a danger I would not bring him in my home. Zeus is a sweet baby. Thanks to all the support that we are getting from our friends and the rescue group I got Zeus from. Please share so my side can be told

Brenna Whitehurst
Brenna Whitehurst

Except he didn't wait a week, it was the very next day when he found out Buddy died.

Brenna Whitehurst
Brenna Whitehurst

I would like to start off by saying that I'm sorry for the loss of the golden retriever. But to every story there is always another side and this is my side: On the Sunday that this tragedy happen we were only at the dog park for maybe 15 mins. Zoe and Zeus were playing, I was talking to another Dane owner when I looked over and saw my dog ( Zeus ) Leaning against my girlfriend while she petted him. Then the dog (buddy) came up under Zeus belly and between his legs and nipped at his front paws. This in turn startled Zeus and they began to fight. My girlfriend tried to break it up and I immediately ran over( I was only 15 ft away) and took control of my dog. It got crazy another dog got in the fight and more guys came to help. I had Zeus in a choke hold the entire time and under my control while they tried to pull the other dog off buddy. The owner of buddy was not trying to help he ran down after the fight and while myself and other guys were in the middle of it. He screamed and yelled to get of his dog. When it was all over I was laying on top of Zeus and another gentleman was laying on top of another black dog screaming for the owners and no one was coming forward. Once that owner stepped up the gentleman that was laying on their dog started getting extremely vulgar and aggressive towards the young dog owner. I got up and walked away with Zeus and left. Was that right to do probably not but at that time I thought a physical altercation was going to happen and for personal reasons avoided it. Buddy was still breathing when I left. I felt horrible and did not know that he died till the next day when my dog groomer called me about it, not from seeing it on the news like everyone thinks. I went and turned myself in and Zeus after I talked to the dog groomer. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and make what ever irrational judgement they want but the truth in the matter is my dog Zeus is not an aggressive dog and I'm not a bad guy like I'm being made out to be. I'm a great father to some great girls with the two youngest being 5 and 8. If I would of ever thought my dog was a danger I would not bring him in my home. Zeus is a sweet baby. Thanks to all the support that we are getting from our friends and the rescue group I got Zeus from. Please share so my side can be told

Brenna Whitehurst
Brenna Whitehurst

According to the owner he left because he didn't know buddy was dead, he was still breathing. Another dog owner started to get aggressive with people and the owner wanted to avoid an altercation. He didn't know it would come to the poor dog passing away. I'm sure if he would've known he wouldn't have left and would have done something to help. I think that's reasonable to assume

Brenda McBride Watson
Brenda McBride Watson

Then he should have waited near by and called the police. When you run off and don't do anything for a week it makes you look guilty

Brenda McBride Watson
Brenda McBride Watson

I had a Golden, and she was the sweetest dog that ever lived. I have never heard of one being aggressive

Brenda McBride Watson
Brenda McBride Watson

Well lets hear the other side of the story. When you take your dog and leave as another dog lays dying it seems suspicious and they cant be surprised when people make conclusions

Carolyn Burke
Carolyn Burke

Great discussion. What went wrong was the owner of the Dane not staying after the altercation. Not cool, but I was not there.

Rachel McMahon
Rachel McMahon

This article is horribly one sided. Come on RFT...couldn't you have at least done a tiny bit of research before posting?

Lynn Jones
Lynn Jones

Owners don't supervise here in ND bring dogs in heat and toys- all NOT allowed so yeah I think they suck my dog got attacked by some bitch in heat and the owners laughed it off -

Andrew Cardwell
Andrew Cardwell

I was actually partial to the g oldens cause until I read the post from the OWNER of the Dane. .. So crazy lady....that is where I get my info from...multiple sources...then I make MY decision. I dont expect people to agree with me...

Anthony Gutierrez
Anthony Gutierrez

The owner of the Great Dane has a very different story. Read that story before judging.

Marc Seleman
Marc Seleman

So sad all around. Without knowing all the facts it's hard to lay blame on anyone. Any animal, no matter how docile, can spontaneously exhibit aggression. And unless the dog had a habit of doing it you can't fault the owner. It is a shame and I feel bad for all the owners. To never want to go back to a park because of this is like never driving your car again because someone died in an accident. Seems a little extreme.

Brenna Whitehurst
Brenna Whitehurst

And if the other stories are true, and there was possibly another dog in the fight, that means another family is going to lose their dog for something it didn't do. Two lives shouldn't be lost for this tragedy.

davidjo65
davidjo65

Uhhh, check your source.......wild statement....DD, DVM

terrya9
terrya9

Brenda Watson...can you not read or do you just read what you want to.  The second post above yours is the owner's statement and it was NOT a week but the next day when he turned his dog into the police.  This is also what was reported on the internet.  Zeus' owner was laying on top of him while the third dog was fighting with Buddy.  So why are you so upset with Zeus.  Since his owner grabbed him immediately after Buddy snapped at his dogs paws what's to say if there had been damage from a dog that killed Buddy that it was Zeus and not the third dog.  Brenda you have to have an open mind and not jump to conclusion with out knowing the facts.  Now that after the autopsy shows no damage from a dog attack caused Buddy's death you have to let it go and being so closed minded.  Just read the story and comprehend ALL of it and not just parts of it.  Nothing was wrong with Buddy when the Danes owner left and he left to not be involved in a fight that was starting by the other dog owners.  Reasonable and responsible thing for him to have done. 

landofdreams2009
landofdreams2009

My apartment manager has a Golden...who happened to put 80 stitches in a child's face! While I have a pit bull, who was jumped on in a dog park by a boxer! My dog immediately rolled onto her back as she is an "omega" type dog...if I would not have gotten the boxer by his choke collar and pulled him off of her, my dog would be dead! Will never go to another dog park...ever. Any dog can be aggressive it doesn't matter the breed, they are predatory animals, descended from wolves.

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