Canine carnage: Large dog chews, spits out small one, killing it

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It was all bite and no bark.

A tiny dog out for a first-birthday stroll with its owner in Greenpoint was mauled to death by a much bigger canine that the victim’s owner says was also leashed — but being held by owners who didn’t care that their pet had just chewed up and spit out another animal.

Lauren Schneider says she was taking her tiny Pomeranian Arlo out to do its business last Wednesday night at about 10:15 pm on Manhattan Avenue between Feeman and Green streets when a large, white dog that looked like a German Shepherd strolled up alongside two women and a man. Even though the dog was tethered to one of the three humans, the bipeds did nothing stop the larger dog from coming up to Schneider’s pocket-sized pup and biting it in its jaws of death, shocking the birthday boys owner.

“It happened so quick, I couldn’t process anything. I didn’t have time to pick Arlo up,” said Schneider. “I was in such a state of panic.”

The four bullies then walked away, leaving Arlo dying on the sidewalk.

“They didn’t say ‘sorry.’ They didn’t yell at the dog, nothing,” said Schneider. “It’s disgusting.”

Schneider’s sister then drove the distraught woman and her traumatized, screaming dog to the emergency animal hospital, but the pup died on the way there.

Schneider’s sister went to the 94th Precinct to report the attack, but police told her it was not a criminal matter.

Police we spoke to claimed there was nothing they could do about the attack, but said if the culprits were ever identified, a case could be made in civil court.

“The dog has a value,” said Sgt. Ernesto Nieves. “You can’t get the dog back to life, but you can get monetary compensati­on.”

To that end Schneider has plastered the neighborhood with fliers in the hope that someone will recognize the irresponsible dog owners and be willing to testify against them in court.

“I’ve seen them around here before and the dog was aggressive that time too,” said Schneider. “Someone has to know who these people are.”

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:11 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Johnny Hammersticks from Brooklyn. says:
This is a terrible story. And I don't mean that because its a Danielle Furfaro piece. I mean it as this is heartbreaking.

How you can allow your dog to do this to a little pup is gross. You do nothing? How can you allow yourself to go and act as if nothing happened? Man up, accept responsibility for what your dog did and try to make this right.

I feel sad that this woman was so defenseless and couldn't do anything to stop this. I have a 1 year old yorkie. If it were my dog, the other dogs owners wouldn't be as lucky.
June 10, 2013, 5:47 am
Johnny Hammersticks from Brooklyn says:
I also feel sorry that the victim had to tell this story to Danielle Furfaro, and not a real reporter.
June 10, 2013, 5:49 am
ty from pps says:
Sad story... and also an indecipherable headline.
June 10, 2013, 7:27 am
Joe Bangles from KFC says:
"Canine carnage: Large do chews, spits out small on, killing it"

June 10, 2013, 7:41 am
Or from Yellow Hook says:
It was such an exciting story, Danielle Furfaro
couldn't be bothered to proof it after she wrote it.
June 10, 2013, 7:45 am
Zelda from 11222 says:
Eva, it says Large dog chews, spits out small one, killing it.
You're welcome.
June 10, 2013, 8:03 am
manposeur from brokeland says:
so inhuman. I hope she suits them for everything.
June 10, 2013, 8:32 am
ty from pps says:
I don't know who Eva is, but thanks.
June 10, 2013, 8:33 am
Lauren Schneider from Greenpoint says:
I am the owner of Arlo and I wanted to share a few tips I've received from fellow Greenpointers regarding the owner of the other dog. The man walking the dog was a tall thin white male with short hair. He was accompanied by two women in their 20's. The dog was a large, white, shepherd looking type possibly a mix (not a pit mix) with a longer snout:


-A person who lives on the same street as me sent me an email that they have "seen a large white shepherd type dog being walked by a tall white guy with dark hair practically every day for the past year. I don't know where he lives but this street (Eagle St) seems to be on his regular route, and I usually see him between 3 and 5pm."

-A witness who came to my aid at the scene and took the shirt off of his back to wrap around my Arlo works at NAPA Auto Parts, right where the attack happened. He sent an email saying they do have a camera pointing to the street. We will be checking the footage Monday morning.

-A witness who was a block behind us when the attack happened saw the thin white male with short hair walking the white dog turn down Freeman St. in the direction of Mcguinness. When he caught up to Freeman and looked down the street he did not see the man or the dog, leading us to believe he MAY LIVE ON FREEMAN ST between Manhattan Ave and Mcguinness.

There is no way this guy has not seen the flyers in the neighborhood or any of the social media. I believe he is probably in hiding but he cannot hide forever. I will not rest until he is found so this does not happen to any other dog and their owner. Thank you to everyone who is sharing information, sending kind words, and banding together for my baby. It means everything to me right now.

Thank you, if you can share some of the tips that would be great!!
June 10, 2013, 8:46 am
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
I hope you catch that guy and are able to garnish his paycheck down to minimum wage.
June 10, 2013, 9:55 am
Bay Ridger from Bay Ridge says:
Pepper spray is the answer. I have one of those pepper spray keychains that I carry when I walk my dog. A squirt in the eyes/mouth of the aggressor will put a quick end to it.

Be careful though, most are illegal in NYS. I could see someone protecting life and limb with one then get sued because they used an authorized pepper spray. Google it.

And the way this article was written was cruel and heartless. This is not a joke.
June 10, 2013, 10:50 am
Elvis from Nawcostello says:
This is a terrible story. Let's leave it at that. ——ing hipsters.
June 10, 2013, 10:58 am
Benny from Park Slope says:
Here's hoping the subhuman lowlifes with the Shepherd have to pay serious damages, and that their dog is put down. I don't like to see any animal killed, but let's be real: No dog that attacks and kills other dogs can ever be rehabilitated.

As for the poor semi-literates here who have trouble "deciphering" the headline on this story, here's a hint: Read it slowly. Let your lips move. It's really quite straightforward. Go on. No one will judge you.
June 10, 2013, 11:58 am
KH from slope/terrace says:
“I’ve seen them around here before and the dog was aggressive that time too,” said Schneider.

If so, then why did you not keep Arlo away from the white dog? Even if you didn't have a prior encounter with this dog before, why in the world would you let a tiny Pomeranian come anywhere close to a larger dog that you don't know and are unsure of their disposition to smaller dogs (that can resemble a different small undomesticated animal)? I am not saying the white dog's owner doesn't have some fault here, and I do think some sort or retribution would be in order. But Arlo's owner must take some sort of responsibility for this, as sad as the outcome was for her. Our society today is riddled with people that always want to blame someone else and not have to be accountable for things that may happen to them.

I am a dog owner myself and I don't just let my dog walk up to any other dog without asking the other owner if their dog is aggressive or if my dog could say hello to theirs.
June 10, 2013, 12:53 pm
ty from pps says:
Hey Benny... you sarcastic piece of crap. The headline was updated/fixed. It originally read "Canine carnage: Large do chews, spits out small on, killing it"
June 10, 2013, 1:05 pm
Lola from Brooklyn says:
Her story was on the news today i saw it thats how I found this article.I feel so so sad. I hope she finds him and takes him to court so he show some responsibility. Poor dog!
June 10, 2013, 4:45 pm
Barry from Flatbush says:
Hey Caleb, I have an idea for artisanal sausage manufacturing in Brooklyn.
June 10, 2013, 4:49 pm
Bob from Greenpoint says:
Update: Dog Attack Caught On Tape – Photo of (FAT & BALD) Attack Dog Owner & White Shepherd Attacker
June 10, 2013, 7:59 pm
Oks from Gpoint says:
I'm very sorry for the loss of Arlo, however something here seems a little unbelievable.... Like the " calmness" surrounding the attack and how it just came out of nowhere. Dogs * are not * unpredictable.... I know this from years of rescue. The white dog would've snarled or showed warning signs, it's highly unlikely he just walked up to another dog and snatched it up. Also this is not the dogs fault, different breeds were bred to hunt smaller animals. This is the fault of irresponsible people. I hope that poor dogs life is spared but that the owners at the very least pay Arlos mom for his medical bill, and offer an apology. Sad just sad.
June 10, 2013, 8:48 pm
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
Always there is gonna be that idiot who says something like "oh no, not my dog, Maximus the killer pit-bull/German Shepard/Rottweiler/genetically engineered killing machine which I bought because I couldn't legally buy an Uzi! He'd never do that!!!!" These maniacs who deliberately purchase animals which have a bite strength that shatters bone know full well they are compensating for something. That's why when a pit-bull (AKA a walking handgun) tried to bite up my small dog, I gave it my steal-toed boots straight to the ribcage. I gave the guido loser owner the same too! We citizens who would protect our pets are not afraid to throw down.
June 11, 2013, 12:06 am
Northside Ned from GPT says:
Jim I completely agree. There IS something wrong with pitbull/GS/Rottweiler owners. NYC should make them illegal like Ontario did. There is no reason why anyone in a city needs to own these animals.
June 11, 2013, 3:09 pm
david from RAMBO says:
My heart goes out to the owner of Arlo and I hope she gets some justice in the matter; hopefully we can remove this dangerous animal from the street and maybe the dog too!

As others have said, though, a little vigilence can go a long way. Dogs communicate in a lot of ways what their intentions are. Learn to understand these signs, like the position of the tail, the ears etc, and it can go a long way toward protecting your pup from an attack. It's also important to pay attention to the signs your dog is giving off because a fearful dog will set off an aggressive dog.

As dog owners we can't guarantee that every owner out there is going to be responsible but with a little vigilance and understanding we can do a lot to protect our dogs from harm. I hope all dog owners use this as a wake up call.

Rest in peace, Arlo.
June 12, 2013, 11:09 am
Donna from Greenpoint says:
You have to be so cautious when walking your dog. Idiots like to just let their dogs come right up to yours even if your body language (short leash and your body blocking their dog) says stay away. Sometimes I say my dog isn't friendly. He is but I don't want some of these inexperienced dog owners letting their dogs get in his space and possibly causing an issue. Once, I said please don't do that as an idiot ignored my signals and approached anyway. She said "oh, my dog is friendly" and I had to shout: "mine isn't" before she got it. Things happen so quickly but you really have to be vigilant.
June 12, 2013, 10:34 pm
Janna from Greenpoint says:
Danielle Furfaro is a heartless and talentless hack.
June 13, 2013, 7:21 pm
Shomar Shabbos from The point says:
You brought a pomeranian bowling.... im not renting it shoes im not buying it a beer...
June 13, 2013, 9:58 pm
Nicole from South Williamsburg says:
Very sorry for the loss of Arlo -- I hardly let my small dog sniff with large dogs in fear this could happen.
June 15, 2013, 8:42 pm
Mike from 11234 says:
This story is heart wrenching. I have a three year old Maltese. My heart goes out to Lauren. I hope and pray that these cowardly, black-hearted lowlifes are caught.

Rest in Peace Arlo.
June 17, 2013, 12:07 am
Chris from Greenpoint says:
I was heartbroken after reading the signs about Arlo last night on my walk home from work.

I too have a small puppy whom I walk daily on the route past where the incident occurred.

I believe this dog lives on Eagle Street between Manhattan and McGuiness Aves.

This cautionary tale will make me hold my pup close ot me at all times regardless of the size, breed or temperment or any other dog. Dogs are family members and having a family member killed so atrociously would be devastating.

We need to catch the owner and the dog who did this so it does not happen to another innocent animal. condolences. I can not imagine what this ordeal must be like for you.
June 19, 2013, 10:04 am
David from Wburg says:
Any developments? Hoping there will be justice...
June 19, 2013, 10:09 pm
Dee from Carroll Gardens says:
This is such a heartbreaking story.

I myself have two yorkies, a year old female and 11 year old male. I usually don't trust ANYONE I don't know walking their dogs. I would rather cross the street than walk by them and I do all the time! Most people walking big dogs look as if they have no control over them.

The owners of this monster dog need to be found so this dog can never do this again! Justice needs to be done.
June 25, 2013, 10:12 am
Jocelyn from Brooklyn says:
That is the saddest thing I have ever read. My heart goes out to Lauren, I cannot even imagine what she must be going through.
June 25, 2013, 10:27 pm
NAtz GArcia from Midway 61st chicago says:
Ive gone through 3 times of the same experience. i can't walk my pomeranian without being fearful of the big dogs that the owners dont secure in yards or in their homes. My dog is friendly and wouldnt hurt a fly and these dogs are left with only screen doors to shield them from the outside. Just last week one of the neighbor pit bulls broke off the screen door of its front house and bit my pom. I picked him up and avoided major injuries but these ——ing people have the nerve to keep leaving the door open with thiose huge ——ing dogs and i will set a law suit. Need more signatures they may be safe around their family but now it can be a playful attack they can kill children and even adults! stupid ignorant people shouldt have any dogs especially big ones when they dont got the nerve cells and responsibility in them.
Aug. 8, 2013, 2:22 pm
bitu from williamsburg says:
I hope you found the owner. I am not sure if it is the same dog, but there is used to be a 1-1.5 year old white shepherd dog from Poland, who always wanted to attack my dog in Mc Carren Park. The dog was not neutured and already displayed aggression at 5months. In any case, I hope you found justice for Arlo.
Oct. 20, 2013, 1:38 pm

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