Update: Dog Training Company Did Not Have Permit to Train Dogs at Millennium Park
Caller said that her dog was whipped by a female suspect in black chaps.
A woman walking her elderly dog in Millennium Park told police that an apparent dog trainer whipped the victim's dog several times without any cause to do so.
The victim said that around 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6, she saw about 20 to 25 people with about 15 dogs at the park near the canoe launch, and it appeared the dogs were being taught "aggressive" techniques.
The victim said her dog, a medium-sized 13-year-old dog, walked away from the victim and moved towards the group of dogs being trained. Millennium Park requires dogs to be leashed, which according to the victim, her dog was not leashed.
As the dog approached the group, one of the people in the group, a white female with dirty blond hair, standing around 5-feet 4-inches, petite build with jeans and black chaps (dog training equipment according to the police report), broke away from the group, and approached the victim's dog.
The suspect began to swing a heavy leather leash and whipped the victim's dog several times while holding the dog's collar, said the victim to the police. The suspect then let go of the dog.
The victim told police that there were several witnesses to the violent behavior, as well as the "aggressive" dog training. There were no witnesses mentioned in a police report about the incident.
The victim was upset by the incident, and noticed that the group left the area, with the suspect leaving in a vehicle registered to Pawsitive Dog in Boston. The company's web site does say it teaches "doggie defense", as well as many other techniques for dog care.
According to a Boston Parks and Recreation employee any dog class at a city park would require a permit, and there was no such permit taken out for Saturday at Millennium Park. The only permit that was approved for Saturday was for Parkway Youth Soccer, said the employee.
A person answering phone calls at the company said they don't regularly train dogs at Millennium Park. A call to the company was not returned.
The police report did not say that police would follow up with an investigation.