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.