Heroic Man Shields Partner From Unleashed Pitbull Attack, Owner Fined and Sentenced to Community Service


In a distressing flurry of aggression, a man found himself assailed by a ferocious dog while gallantly attempting to shield his partner. The man had courageously positioned himself between Spencer, a mixed-breed American pitbull terrier known for his menacing temperament, and his partner when the assault occurred.

On this harrowing day, Spencer’s proprietor, Jessica Chase, a grandmother of two, had been playing free rein walking her trio of dogs. As per laws relating to the Dog Control Act, Spencer, a dangerous breed, should have been muzzled. However, he wasn’t.

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In a truly terrifying moment, Spencer made an assault on the man, aiming to sink his teeth into his right flank. However, realizing the imminent threat, the man interjected himself to ensure his partner’s safety, buying her a critical moment to retreat. He realized that he was standing in harm’s way but stayed his ground to keep his partner safe.

Devastatingly, just as he was taken off-guard by one of the other dogs, Spencer lunged for his arm, pulling him down to his knees in agonizing pain. With the dog’s sharp teeth still clamped onto his arm, he desperately tried to manage all of the dogs simultaneously. His attention eventually settled on Spencer, whom he forcibly detached from his arm.

Upon this, the other two dogs receded, while Spencer tried to advance once more but to no avail. Immediately, Chase rounded up her dogs and secured them in her vehicle.

In the Hamilton District Court in light of the incident, Chase appeared deeply remorseful. She wished ardently for reconciliation with the victim, hoping to find closure and express her guilt.

Although the debate over whether cost should be ordered continued, her legal counsel, Amin Osama, proposed a sentence of nearly 200 hours of community service, which was in line with the Hamilton City Council’s suggested 200 to 300 hours.

Before falling to euthanasia, Spencer had had a significant impact on the man’s life, and Chase offered considerable monetary compensation for the emotional damage caused. Judge Brett Crowley described the $1000 as an extremely generous amount.

He also commended Chase for agreeing to euthanize Spencer at a time when such decisions are typically steeped in flowing emotions and fierce controversy. Her decision outlined the extent of her guilt and awareness regarding the potential recurrence of such unfortunate incidents.

Discussing the implications of the community service on her family life, Chase assured that she had Saturdays free.

While sentencing, Judge Crowley applauded Chase for her responsible actions post the incident, confirming her negligence at the time of the event but acknowledging her responsible reaction. He acknowledged her responsibilities, including raising four children and contributing to the upbringing of two of her grandchildren.

Considering her limited free time, he ordered Chase to complete a relatively shorter term of 100 hours spent providing public service. She was also instructed to offer $750 in emotional damage reparation along with $250 coverage of costs. He remarked that she probably had other activities to pursue on her day off.

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Melinda Cochrane is a poet, teacher and fiction author. She is also the editor and publisher of The Inspired Heart, a collection of international writers. Melinda also runs a publishing company, Melinda Cochrane International books for aspiring writers, based out Montreal, Quebec. Her publication credits include: The art of poetic inquiry, (Backalong Books), a novella, Desperate Freedom, (Brian Wrixon Books Canada), and 2 collections of poetry; The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat, (Backalong Books), and She’s an Island Poet, Desperate Freedom was on the bestseller's list for one week, and The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat is one of hope and encouragement for all those living in the social welfare system. She’s been published in online magazines such as, (regular writer for) ‘Life as a Human’, and Shannon Grissom’s magazine.