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The owner of a purebred Italian greyhound is on the hunt for the human companion of a canine bully that mangled her pup in Prospect Park — and she’s demanding partial reimbursement for thousands in vet bills.

Kasia Bednarska took her pup, Tali, to the dog run near the boathouse at 5 pm on Monday only to encounter a chocolate-brown pit bull who pounced on the skinnier dog and broke his left front leg.

Owner of the pit bull — whom Bednarska described as a 30-something blonde — fled, leaving Bednarska’s 10-month-old pup whimpering in agony.

“His leg was just hanging there,” she said. “I understand they’re both animals, but you should have some control over your pet.”

X-rays revealed that Tali’s leg was broken in two places. The vet said that $3,000 in surgery might be needed. The first vet visit alone cost the Prospect Lefferts Gardens resident $720.

Later, Bednarska posted fliers inside the park, as well as an ad on Craigslist recounting the dog-on-dog crime.

Bednarska said she’s considering a lawsuit if the owner is found but does not offer any money.

She might have a case. “Pets are property, and like cars, they are subject to the control and liability of their owners,” said civil attorney Morgan Smith.

Contact Kasia Bednarska at (917) 288-1164 with any information about the doggie debacle.

Reach reporter Natalie O'Neill at noneill@cnglocal.com or by calling her at (718) 260-4505.

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anaabdu from cobble hill says:
Here's an idea: don't take your million-dollar dog to the dog run.
Nov. 11, 2011, 6:26 am
Pete from Park Slope says:

Pit Bulls should be banned from Public areas,
including the sidewalk and streets. They are bred to be vicious; they're unpredictable and once they bite they
won't let go.

Nov. 11, 2011, 6:53 am
Publius from Bklyn USA says:
Kasia: Haul the negligent owner into small claims court if the bills are under $5,000. Here's a step by step guide on how to handle dog-on-dog violence in NY small claims court: http://www.fidobrooklyn.org/health/health_pdfs/dogcourt.pdf
Nov. 11, 2011, 9:13 am
ty from pps says:
Poor little guy :-(
Nov. 11, 2011, 9:38 am
Kat from Prospect Park says:
Anaabdu,

Here is an idea: this million dollar dog will not hurt a child when off the leash
Nov. 11, 2011, 9:53 am
Kat from Prospect Park says:
Anaabdu,

This million dollar dog will not hurt a child when off the leash
Nov. 11, 2011, 9:53 am
Joanna from Queens says:
Being a dog owner and not having compassion for other dogs ? I feel sorry for both dogs because that Pit Bull will hurt a kid one day and will be put to sleep and its all because of irresponsible owners .
Nov. 11, 2011, 10:08 am
Bay Ridger from Bay Ridge says:
I feel sorry for this little pup and her owner. I agree with Joanna who states that it's not the fault of the attacking dog but rather its low-life, irresponsible owner. But there's no law against low-lifes or irresponsible pet owners.

The solution? Pepper spray. Get a key-ring size container and attach it to your house keys. You'll have it ready for vicious dogs, irresponsible owners, and low-lifes wherever you may go.
Nov. 11, 2011, 10:21 am
adamben from bedstuy says:
the owner of the pit bull is a nut and there should be posters out because this will happen again, and again and again until a small child or someone else is mauled and killed. this aint no joke!
Nov. 11, 2011, 1:28 pm
Kasia from Prospect Park says:
Hello everyone!

I wanted to say thank you to all your kindness and compassion about my injured dog TALI. The story will also be covered in CBS news tonight. I spoke to my vet clinic and they are willing to do the surgery this Tuesday. They will accept donations for the surgery over the phone. Their phone number is 718-832-3899, Animal Kind Veterinary Clinic at 365 7th ave in Brooklyn. Anyone interested, please call them to donate as I do not feel comfortable accepting money directly. If the amount collected is higher than needed I promise to donate it to a dog shelter or return it.
Nov. 11, 2011, 2:17 pm
father from prospect heights says:
Pit Bulls should be euthanized as a species. If you own one because you like that they're dangerous you should be locked up. If you own one because you think they're "misunderstood" animals then you are naive and misguided, and I hope you (or your kids, or mine) don't learn the hard way.
Nov. 11, 2011, 2:19 pm
Bay Ridger from Bay Ridge says:
Animal Kind is a first class operation. Dr Gibson and his staff will take good care of your pup. Let us know how TALI does, please.
Nov. 11, 2011, 2:38 pm
Kasia from Prospect Park says:
I definitely will Bay Ridger. This Sunday I have a follow up visit so I should know more how the leg is healing.
Nov. 11, 2011, 2:44 pm
Jodi from Sheepshead Bay says:
It doesn't sound like the pit attacked the dog. It sounds more like he was trying to play with it. Italian Greyhounds are delicate little dogs that get injured very easily.

As for all you pit haters don't condemn an entire breed because of some bad owners. Pit Bulls make great pets.
Nov. 11, 2011, 2:49 pm
Kasia from Prospect Park says:
Pit Bull can be a great dog; however, if it's trained properly. Unfortunately, lots of them end up in a shelter and then are adopted by the people who don't have a clue how to manage them. For all I know is that this pit run into my dog from far away (not sure with what intention) and damaged him and I am left with the extensive bills. Moreover, if the leg does not heal with the splint and he does not undergo the surgery ($3000), he may lose his leg..which is another $500 for amputation. I would like the owners of the pit to discuss a possibility of splitting the bill or paying in full for the damage done to my pup.
Nov. 11, 2011, 3:05 pm
Bay Ridger from Bay Ridge says:
Jodi, I'm sure that makes this owner and her pup feel much better knowing that the pit bull only meant to "play" rather than out & out rip the pup's head off. There are many bad pit bull owners, but there seems to be a thread of unrestrained aggresiveness in that breed. When was the last time you heard about a Yellow Lab or an Irish Setter suddenly ripping another dog's leg off? It doesn't happen.

We have a cranky shi tzi rescue. He can be playfully "mouthy". When annoyed, he'll growl, chew a bit harder and linger. If he's scared/threatened, he bites. He knows the difference and I as the owner handle him accordingly.
Nov. 11, 2011, 3:06 pm
Joanna from Queens says:
Jodi
of course its not the Pit Bulls fault and that is exactly what he wanted - to play.
But what if that was a child's broken leg? would you say because children are delicate little people?
And where was the owners of the Pit compassion towards the other dog? Not even offering help taking her to the vet? Do they deserve to have a Pit Bull or any dog for that matter?
Nov. 11, 2011, 3:08 pm
Jodi from Sheepshead Bay says:
If the Pit Bull intended to hurt this dog it would be dead. I know from personal experience that Italian Greyhounds are delicate. There is a reason that a lot of dog parks have another section for small dogs. I am sorry that your dog is hurt and that the owner of the other dog is a jerk but this isn't a case of a vicious pit attacking another dog and shouldn't be tunred into that. Pits don't need anymore bad press.

I have a male Pit Bull. He lives with my 2 cats. My cats will walk right up to my dogs bowl while he is eating or drinking and help themselve to his food and water. My dog has never done more then sniff them when they do this. They aren't bad dogs but some owners make them bad. Not everyone should be allowed to own an animal just as not all people she be allowed to become parents.

I've never been bit by a Pit Bull, Rotti or a Mastiff but have been bit by the off the leash Pomeranian the lives up the street when I walked by it's house. I've also been bit by a Lhasa. Little dogs bite a lot more than the big bads do but they don't do the same amount of damage so they don't get the bad press.
Nov. 11, 2011, 3:39 pm
pw from plg says:
the park needs a ban on pit bulls. enough is enough.
Nov. 11, 2011, 3:44 pm
Barb from Brooklyn says:
here is the title :
" vicious Pit Bull owner - hit and run accident "
Nov. 11, 2011, 4:05 pm
Kasia from Prospect Park says:
Let's call it unfortunate accident. It could've been any dog breed involved. The bottom line is that someone has to be liable for the damage and the owners of the dog seem to see $ before the ethics. This publicity would have not occured if they offered help.
Nov. 11, 2011, 4:58 pm
pw from plg says:
no. if it was another breed involved, it would have been scratches. whenever its a pitbull involved, it's ALWAYS serious injury/fatality. that's how their jaws work.
Nov. 11, 2011, 5:17 pm
lynnpax from nyc says:
When will the owners of small delicate dogs realize that THEY are putting their dogs at risk by bringing them into a run for large dogs? It could have been any type of dog who pounced. An Italian Greyhound was killed in Washington Sq dog run with a simple collision.

A pounce is playing not an attack & now ignorance has people jumping on the “big bad pit bull” bandwagon. If there is no separate run for small dogs in your area lobby for one – don’t blame someone else for your mistake.
Nov. 11, 2011, 8:09 pm
Lassie from Brooklyn says:
Yo lynnpax, This did not happen in a dog run. Prospect Park doesn't have any.
Nov. 11, 2011, 9:33 pm
lynnpax from nyc says:
So it was an “off-leash area” & not a run. The point is if it was a pounce & not an attack why are people calling for the ban/death of all pit bulls?

It was not right for the pit bull owner to leave but when people ALWAYS knee-jerk react that pit bulls are all bad & should die I can understand why she left.

Maybe there needs to be a run for small dogs somewhere in the nabe? PS. I have a small dog.
Nov. 11, 2011, 10:11 pm
beth from prospect heights says:
This past Tuesday, I witnessed a 2 lb pekanize/shi tzu mix get killed instantaneously, as it was being walked by it's owner. The dog, a pit bull, was tied up in front of Key Food, and left unattended. The pit, unprovoked, suddenly lunged and crushed the dog's skull.

This practice of tethering dogs and left unattended in public should be against the law and I encourage everyone to join me in contacting their local legislators, and other known animal-loving politicians like Micah Kellner and Tony Avella to have this practice stopped. Moreover, I am also calling for dogs known for displaying (and acting on) dog-on-dog aggression, such as pitties, cane corsos, german sheperds and doberman pinschers, to be muzzled when in public. What I witnessed and what that poor owner went through would've been avoided then. And I agree that it is the owner's fault (who leaves a pittie tied up in a high traffic area unattended????); completely irresponsible. And for the sake of the already maligned breed, don't set it up for failure. That lady who walked away from the greyhound's owner is a first class ass. BTW, I took that young woman and her dog to Animal Kind, which is my vet of many years. They are the absolute best.
Nov. 12, 2011, 2:19 am
yachtsman from gowanus says:
Yellow Labs are classified as having worse temperaments than pit bulls by none other than the AKC. you're all brilliant. Pits are no different than your average toy rat mini breed when trained poorly. I hope they ban you from the park.
Nov. 12, 2011, 4:35 am
yachtsman from gowanus says:
Also Beth, I agree on your call for muzzles. Hopefully we can extend it to you as well.
Nov. 12, 2011, 4:36 am
Concerned from Manhattan says:
According to 2010 Dept. of Health Statistics pitbulls accounted for 1/3 of all dog bites to humans from mandatory reporting by hospitals.

Each year in dog park pitbulls account for more dog bites than all other identifiable breeds and mixed breeds combined.

The only people claiming this not true are pitbull owners and rescue groups.

We need mandatory laws regulating pitbulls as well as mandatory regulations overseeing the groups that adopt them out.

Rescue clearly can not regulate themselves.
Nov. 12, 2011, 3:57 pm
Kat from Brooklyn says:
Lynnpax

The dog area in Prospect Park you referring to is for ALL of the dogs..small and big..Is has never been intended for big dogs only..Here is an idea: how about the owners of these big dogs put them on the leash and walk them instead of creating hostile environment for small dogs, children and humans in this public park. When was the last time you heard of a small dog causing any damage to a human or a smaller dog for that matter?
Nov. 12, 2011, 7:56 pm
lynnpax from NYC says:
Kat
I had a 23 lb dog that bit my neighbors’ child in the face.

She was a very sweet dog & never bit anyone else as far as I know (I adopted her when she was 13.)
The child involved was an actress so you can imagine what a mess this was.

Also another neighbor’s golden doesn’t like other dogs. He pulled his owners arm out of its socket & scraped the whole side of her body along the sidewalk when he took out after another dog. The owner had to get stitches above her eye.

The pits behavior in this case was not vicious. My sons’ leg got broken at school while rough housing w/another boy. Should I have sued the family? Should I have called the police & banned my son from seeing his friend again?

The Italian gray hound, killed in Washington Sq Pk run from a collision, was not knocked down by a pit. Whatever breed it was – should that breed be banned/killed for an accident while playing?

I do not bring my 27 lb dog to the all-size off-leash area in my nabe as she is too delicate for the rough housing that adolescent dogs go to off-leash area for.

She socializes in other ways. In the meantime I am lobbying for a run for small dogs where I know she will be safe. It is just common sense.
Nov. 12, 2011, 9:56 pm
Cory from SI says:
For those of you who want a ban on pits please don't punish the dog for the owners mistakes. ITS NOT THE DOG!! JAW LOCK IS A MYTH!!!! They do not have jaw lock. They are called the nursing dog because they are motherly and loving. For the guy who said that pits are the reason for most dog bites, you my friend are wrong. Dalmatians are number 1 on that list followed by golden retrievers, pits are number 5 on that list and the bites listed WERE NOT fatal. These dogs are abused everyday because people like the ones who want them banned turn their back on them. read up on them before you judge
Nov. 13, 2011, 12:35 am
Kat from Brooklyn says:
Lynnpax,

I agree with you that it is not the dog's fault and the ideal is to have separate runs for small and larger dogs. But if someone's dog gets injured, and as you know, this means extensive bills that the dogs owner ends up with, shouldn't the owners of that dog come forward and offer help, even if it's non-monetary..for example take the dog to the vet and ask how is the dog doing? In the end it's really about ethics, but apparently sometimes they vanish when possible monetary loses appear on the horizon. I feel that every dog owner should take responsibility for the dog's actions. Maybe then the story like this would not make it to the news.
Nov. 13, 2011, 11:09 am
P from Brooklyn says:
This happened to my small dog a few weeks ago in Prospect Park as well. I do believe the pit bull was only trying to play, but it still caused me to rush her to the vet (Animal Kind as well, they were amazing). Pit Bulls are usually very very sweet dogs, but the owners need be responsible for them.

Good luck Kasia!
Nov. 14, 2011, 9:24 am
prillis from brklyn says:
if this happened at 5pm, then BOTH dogs' owners should have had them on leashes. the mauled dog's injuries are a result of its owner irresponsibility, and now she's begging for money from others. and she'll get it too, with those pretty eyes.
Nov. 14, 2011, 11:09 am
Brooklyn from Kensington says:
Anyone complaining about vet bills, including the woman who is the subject of this article, should NOT have a dog AT ALL. Is the dog a family member or an accessory like a handbag? Are you broky because you're still paying financing charges to the puppy mill?

If you can't afford the expenses of your inbred-purebred dog having legs visibly and actually weaker than toothpicks, then you had no business getting one in the first place! You would have been better off with a hardier, healthier mutt - who may not have cost you a penny to adopt, and who languish by the thousands in pounds and shelter, by the way.

Sorry, stuff happens. Anyone donating as a result of this ridiculous article is a fool, and we know what happens with their money. . .
Nov. 14, 2011, 12:03 pm
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
this is simple: assumption of risk. Kasia pays her own bills.
Nov. 14, 2011, 12:12 pm
Kasia from Prospect Park says:
@Joey, prillis, Brooklyn, et al: obviously many people disagree with you given that I have received incredible amounts of support and donations. You all can live your cynical lives, Tali and I will be fine without your help. You are sad, sad people.
Nov. 14, 2011, 2:04 pm
Kat from Prospect Park says:
prillis and Brooklyn...seems like you are the owner of the pitbul who hurt the small dog..you did not expect the story to become this big..did you?
Nov. 14, 2011, 2:48 pm
anonymous from New Jersey says:
TO ALL with negative comments....you are so missing the point. Money is not the objective of this issue. It was WRONG of the person to leave the scene whether it was an accident or not. Compassion should have been taken to make sure that not only was the dog ok, but the owner as well. This girl did what she had to do to bring attention to incident and it is was not for money. She posted signs with her telephone number. They could have contacted her and spoke to her anonymously and they could have sent an email. There are alot of ways they could have contacted her. Point is they could of outreached her.
Nov. 14, 2011, 2:59 pm
prillis from brklyn says:
yes kat, so terrified that i've been had, and will be found not liable for the injuries to an off-leash mutt.
Nov. 14, 2011, 3 pm
Kat from Brooklyn says:
prillis,

You have a lot to learn about ethics, humanity and civil law. It is a waste of time to sit here and further discuss this topic with you as your attitude is very ignorant. Bye!
Nov. 14, 2011, 3:26 pm
prillis from brklyn says:
touche. thanks for the tip, i'll take it to heart. or let my pit pee on it after its thoroughly mauled.
Nov. 14, 2011, 3:56 pm
Not Joepa from Brooklyn says:
43 comments about a dog being attacked; 8 comments - and most of those about parking - about a school where young boys were raped.
Nov. 14, 2011, 5:16 pm
Hat from Brooklyn says:
Not Joepa

You're right..let's move on to the next topic..
Nov. 14, 2011, 6:25 pm
Skellyell from FG says:
Prillis maybe you should get mauled by a pitbull. Solve everyone's problem right there
Nov. 14, 2011, 6:30 pm
lynnpax from nyc says:
Buy a dog - kill a dog.

My name is ALEXUS. My Animal ID # is A916471.
The shelter thinks I am about 10 months old.

A volunteer writes: I spotted Alexus with a group of other walkers playing with their dogs in the backyard. Alexus was on her back, her four legs up, enjoying a belly rub. Her caretaker seemed to have quite a bit of fun with her. Then I saw them running happily through the yard, Alexus saying "hi" to every dog in sight. I had to "try" Alexus for myself...Alexus is a well nourished little girl at 37lbs but her coat indicates that she needs a healthier nutrition. She is lively and friendly, not hyper and walks very nicely on the leash. She might be housetrained. Alexus is very welcoming of other dogs and she adopts the play position when another pooch is in sight. Back in the yard, Alexus and I sit on the bench. She is a gentle dog and lays calmly on my lap. Kisses and hugs are in order. Alexus loves the puppy treatment, because that is just what she is, a babe in need of love and care. Alexus is at the Manhattan shelter, all ready to meet her new family....

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=307987282547491&set=a.275017085844511.78596.152876678058553&type=1&theater
Nov. 14, 2011, 11:34 pm
Carrie from Wisconsin says:
Kasia, I went throught something similar a year ago. My dog was attacked at a local dog park and required sutures. Long story short, I took the owner of the attacking dog to small claims court, and LOST. The judge ruled that because it was an off leash park, anything goes. Complete BS if you ask me. This happened in Wisconsin, and I'm not sure if you were at an off leash area or not, but that seems to make a difference in the eyes of the law. They figure that if both dogs are off leash, you are assuming the risk. I am very sorry to hear your story. Best of luck to you!! I hope your pup has a speedy recovery :)
Nov. 15, 2011, 7:18 pm
doglady from Park Slope says:
As someone else said, both dog owners started in the wrong--their dogs were illegally off-leash at the time of the accident.

Dogs smash into each other all of the time while running off-leash and that's what this injury sounds like. A pitbull attacking a tiny (fragile breed) dog is unlikely to just break a bone; the little dog would be torn up all over.

When I let my dog run off-leash with other dogs I am taking a risk and know that there could be an accident, and am willing to pay for it. If I weren't ready for the possibility of some extra vet bills, I wouldn't let my dog run off-leash with a bunch of dogs I don't know.
Nov. 16, 2011, 1:53 pm
PPD from Brooklyn says:
Every off leash park has its own rules. Some of them are "at your own risk". Prospect Park's off leash area does not have "at your own risk" rule, which means that the owners are liable for any damage their dog does to a human or another dog. This applies to during off leash hours and after off leash hours.
Nov. 16, 2011, 3:19 pm
Roxter from Staten Island says:
I am amazed by the incredible insensitive remarks posted by people that I can't imagine even being law abiding citizens. A horrible incident happened and the victim and its owner are further attacked and degraded. Whoever you monsters are it is so obvious how poor you must be in a crisis. Noone has to wish you bullies and sociopaths ill will---it will follow you wherever you go!!!
Nov. 16, 2011, 8:16 pm
lynnpax from nyc says:
breed specific legislation doesn't work.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJ_WsAIImV0&feature=share

http://www.facebook.com/ShowYourSoftSide
Nov. 17, 2011, 3:53 pm
ED from PARK SLOPE says:
First, there is no dog run near the Boathouse. Second, there is no offleash hours at 5pm anywhere in Prospect Park. Anyone who allows their dog to run around offleash with total strangers dogs in an unenclosed area, with essentially no rules should expect s**t to happen. Move to the country or get a backyard.
May 11, 2012, 6:29 pm
Oceanbrooklyn says:
I have known kasia for a while now and i just whant to say thaf he is all better thanks to the vet and whoever owned that pit bull is a low life pease of ——
Sept. 3, 2012, 12:18 pm
Oceanbrooklyn says:
They realy are tali the poor dog who got attaked is the sweetest most adorable puppie anyone could ever meet he is so nice
Sept. 3, 2012, 12:21 pm

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