A man at a Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, dog day care facility was caught on surveillance video repeatedly hitting a dog. The man, identified as 21-year-old Reed Justin Davis, was at the Canine Club boarding/daycare facility at the time that the incident took place.
Animal control reviewed the surveillance video and charged Davis with animal cruelty in December 2015, reported Tuesday’s WTAE News. The dog which is struck by the man is a St. Bernard who was reported to be a “rescue dog” staying at the facility in order to be socialized.
The website for the Canine Club has posted a statement which addresses the situation; the company stated:
We are writing in response to the story about the incident with the St Bernard.
We point out that the dog was not injured in any way.
First of all, despite people’s quick conclusions about the video, when the dog was jumping up, he was growling and attempting to bite theface of our staff member. The dog was not “trying to play”. The dogcontinued to growl and bite even when he was on the ground. The otherstaff members, including those in the video, became afraid of the dog and didn’t try to help.
By way of background, this dog was the 6th rescue St Bernard brought
to our facility by the St. Bernard Rescue Foundation, Inc. and all
prior dogs had been fine and without incident.
This dog came in after Jennifer Bowden of Bethlehem PA, who
represented the Rescue and had arranged prior stays, implored us to
Unfortunately, this dog immediately started biting at staff members
consistently and on a daily basis. The bites were almost always aimed
for the face.
According to the business, the dog was later euthanized for aggressive behavior – allegedly attacking three other people after leaving the daycare facility. The business wrote:
As a result of this situation last year we stopped taking rescue dogs
whose history could not be documented and/or who did not come from a
Despite, this incident volunteers from the rescue have brought new
dogs to us since and again without incident.
All of our staff has now gone through training with an outside
professional in how to deal with and handle aggressive and dangerous
dogs like this one.
We invited and continue to invite, the local humane officer to come
and monitor our facility. To date he has declined.
–UPDATED Weds. 12:15pm–***UPDATE: we have now learned the dog in the video had been euthanized. ***READ—>Last night you saw the upsetting video. Today, we heard from The Canine Club. Here is their response:"We are writing in response to the story about the incident with the St Bernard.First of all, despite people's quick conclusions about the video, whenthe dog was jumping up, he was growling and attempting to bite theface of our staff member. The dog was not "trying to play". The dogcontinued to growl and bite even when he was on the ground. The otherstaff members, including those in the video, became afraid of the dogand didn't try to help.We point out that the dog was not injured in any way.By way of background, this dog was the 6th rescue St Bernard broughtto our facility by the St. Bernard Rescue Foundation, Inc. and allprior dogs had been fine and without incident.This dog came in after (a representative from**) the Rescue and had arranged prior stays, implored us totake him.Unfortunately, this dog immediately started biting at staff membersconsistently and on a daily basis. The bites were almost always aimedfor the face.Worse yet the dog bit the St. Bernard rescue volunteer who brought himto us on the face and drew blood a few days after he was dropped off.When we realized the nature of the dog, We implored the St. Bernardrescue to take the dog to a trainer but were repeatedly told we wouldhave to wait.The dog was taken by the Rescue at one point to be neutered and wasthen to go to a foster, however he was returned the same day as heattacked and tried to bite the vet and the vet then refused to treatthe dog.In the end, the dog was "put down" by the St. Bernard rescue shortlyafter he left our facility as he attempted to attack 3 other people on3 separate occasions.The rescue organization refused to provide us with any backgroundinformation about the dog both when they brought him in and after theytook him away.In speaking with others involved with the rescue we learned that thedog was feral, that he was never in a home and that he was capturedwhile running wild by a dog catcher in Ohio or West Virginia. It isAs a result of this situation last year we stopped taking rescue dogswhose history could not be documented and/or who did not come from afamily environment.Despite, this incident volunteers from the rescue have brought newdogs to us since and again without incident.All of our staff has now gone through training with an outsideprofessional in how to deal with and handle aggressive and dangerousdogs like this one.We invited and continue to invite, the local humane officer to comeand monitor our facility. To date he has declined.We hope that you and the public can understand that there is more tothis story and that unfortunately this dog had to be euthanized by thevery group that was trying to rescue it when they finally accepted howdangerous and aggressive the dog was.We are a small family business and we love and care for family dogs.Sincerely,The Canine Club**editorial note: an edit was made to remove a person's name until we independently verify it**–original post Tuesday 10:30p—DISTURBING VIDEO —- > ***WARNING*** video may be hard to watch for some:A man is caught on surveillance punching a dog in the head REPEATEDLY.Through the course of our investigation, court documents reveal an incident happened at The Canine Club in Bridgeville. The business has not yet issued a response to the video OR to the charges filed against the 21-year-old man, Reed Davis.Davis was found guilty on one county of animal cruelty.When I went to the business tonight to get their side of the story, someone locked the door on me as I tried to open it.According to a source, the St. Bernard you see in the video was a rescue dog and at the business for socialization — but allegedly spent the majority of his day in the kennel. The source claims when the dog was outside, it was then high energy. In the video, the man begins to play "tug" with the dog…and soon the dog begins jumping toward the man. Join us on WTAE-TV Pittsburgh at 11 for more
Posted by Kelly Brennan WTAE on Tuesday, September 20, 2016