TORONTO — A 46-year-old man has been charged on one count of ‘interfering with lawful enjoyment of property’, after his dogs killed a Dachshund last week. The incident occurred on March 9th, when 81-year-old Kurt Haupt was walking his dog Dacky at Centennial Park. When Haupt let his Dachshund off-leash, the dog was almost instantly attacked by a pack of four Cane Corsos. The large, muscular dogs pounced on little Dacky and mauled her to death.
When the owner of the dogs finally reached the scene, he merely put the dogs back on the leash and ran off, leaving a devastated Haupt behind. The police have now identified the dogs owner as Kiriakos (Kirk) Nendos and he had his first appearance in court on Tuesday March 15th. The authorities were able to locate Nendos and his dogs after receiving many tips from the public. According to ‘The Star’, this isn’t the mans first appearance in court, who appeared there last August on a death threats charge.
The four dogs responsible for Dacky’s death and another one that wasn’t there at the time of the incident, have been seized by Animal Services. Krista Macpherson, director of University of Western Ontario’s Dog Cognition Lab, says that the Cane Corso was bred as a hunting dog so may have mistaken Dacky for prey. She also revealed that it’s not uncommon for Cane Corsos to display signs of aggression towards other dogs, if they are not socialized properly from a young age. As for Kurt Haupt, he is still mourning the loss of his beloved Daschund who he had since 2001.