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Dogs Surrendered

Family surrenders dogs to Schenectady police

Facing jail, owner hands over canines sister had hidden, says they’re not dangerous

Sean McKearn, left, tries to coach Tyson into an Animal Control van outside their home in Schenectady on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. The two dogs, deemed dangerous for attacking another dog, disappeared from a shelter and were ordered back that morning by Animal Control.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Sean McKearn, left, tries to coach Tyson into an Animal Control van outside their home in Schenectady on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. The two dogs, deemed dangerous for attacking another dog, disappeared from a shelter and were ordered back that morning by Animal Control.
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Amid tears — and a few shouts — the McKearn family surrendered their dogs to the city Thursday morning. But first, they asked a judge if they could euthanize the dogs instead. The dogs, a pit bull and a bull mastiff, are accused of leaping out of a window at their home, running across the street and attacking a smaller dog being walked by its owner. That dog later died of its injuries, and a ...

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safny
August 7, 2014
10:39 a.m.

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These people are clearly nuts. The dogs bit three other dogs and killed one of them - but they are great dogs and not dangerous?? How would Lindsey feel if these dogs were out being walked and were attacked and killed? These people are amazingly selfish and clearly not the kind of people who should be allowed to own animals other than maybe hamsters.

birmy
August 7, 2014
11:21 a.m.

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agree with safny. sympathy for dogs? LOL. Killer dogs. Idiot owners who steal the dogs back.

mad97dog
August 7, 2014
12:43 p.m.

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My wife, dog and myself were attacked a few weeks ago by a large german shepard. Luckily, I happen to have a sludge hammer in my hand and was able to ward the dog off before anyone died. However, my wife and dog were both seriously hurt. The dog is still there and can't wait for a second shot at us. There should not even be one chance for these dogs to get a pass...PUT THEM DOWN NOW....or a neighbor might do it for you.

jerryrock
August 7, 2014
1:03 p.m.

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The guy who just happened to have a "sludge hammer" in his hand presents more of a danger to people than the dogs in question.

reader1
August 7, 2014
2:14 p.m.

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Too bad for the dogs. After the first attack they should have made foolproof precautions so the animals could not get out. Or, they should have placed them in an environment in which they were not a threat - (i.e., rural environment).

Some people have dog aggressive dogs - but, if that's what you have you better act accordingly.

pnotto
August 7, 2014
3:19 p.m.

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Reader1 is correct in their assessment of the situation. It would be a sad commentary to blame the dogs. You cannot fault the dogs here because its the owners who made the dogs "dangerous animals," by being irresponsible pet owners. This city is loaded with people like the owners of these two dogs who will in turn are willing to blame others for the way the dogs act and you just have to accept it. So I hope the owners think about this incident long and hard because its their own fault that their dogs will eventually be put down for their own selfishness.

pollywog
August 7, 2014
4:49 p.m.

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Kind of hard to believe these two were animal lovers. The jerk named one after a sports hero who ran a dog fighting ring and another sports hero who bit off a man's ear. He did not name them Tinkerbelle and Sugarpie, he wanted tough, aggressive dogs. He raised them to attack and did nothing to curtail this behavior. It's too bad Sean and the lovely miss Lindsay won't be there to see the dogs be put down...maybe THAT should be their sentence.

fore26
August 7, 2014
6 p.m.

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Its sad that we as a society don't focus on the victims of is story and instead we focus on the the people who disobeyed court orders. How many picture have been published of the dead dog and his or her owners? I hope these "victims" in these pictures have fun paying higher home owners insurance premiums and lawsuits.

Artrina
August 7, 2014
8:35 p.m.

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Animals can only be trained "so much". If you know your animal is dangerous to other animals, find a safe place for them to live, like a farm. Do I feel bad that a family is going to lose pets they love, yes. But, as a pet owner you face MANY hard, heartbreaking choices and if you can't control your pet, those choices get more limited and harder.

rentable
August 8, 2014
8:18 a.m.

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This story gets crazier by the day.Today the Gazette aka Kathleen Moore ran a lenghty story with a picture of a child hugging one of the dogs.When will the Gazette put as much effort in telling the story of the woman who had her dog attacked? How about telling the public the horror she must have experienced during the attack.Would the Gazette have taken the side of the dog owner if a child had been attacked? This world we live in has become dog crazy!

mrobarge
August 9, 2014
11:51 p.m.

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Rentable, read http://www.dailygazette.com/news/2014/ju... ... This story ran on July 16 and was the very first story about the attack

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