An Elysian Heights goat named Caprice on the mend after dog attack

Elysian Heights

A photo of Caprice before the attack | Courtesy Toby Atwater

A bandaged Caprice after the attack | Courtesy Toby Atwater

In a shady and rustic corner of Elysian Heights, a small corral and barn next to Elysian Park serve as home to a goat named Caprice and her barn mates, a pair of horses named Meiko and Panda. Caprice’s main job is to graze on the hilltop property of her owner, Toby Atwater, who purchased the goat about a year ago to help control weeds and brush. “When she was a kid last spring\summer, I would take her out occasionally in the park on leash to graze and have her get used to the dogs, people, children,” said Atwater via email. “The dogs were much more curious than she was. She would hide under my legs, or climb a tree if things got out of hand.” But earlier this month, the tranquility of the hilltop barnyard was shattered when a large bulldog roamed into the corral from the park and ripped off Caprice’s ears. Atwater provided details about what happened:

Our goat “Caprice” was attacked by an off-leash black bull-dog named “Maya” in the horse corral just after sunset on rainy Saturday March 1st. BOTH of her ears were torn off and she suffered several bite punctures on her face. Her barn companions, the horses “Meiko and Panda” had poor footing due to the rain and were unable to land a kick on the attacking dog. A neighbor heard the goat screams and crawled through the mud to separate the bulldog’s jaws from the goat with the use of a large stick. The owner, after repeatedly and unsuccessfully calling his dog’s name from a distance, left the scene.

Atwater’s housemate, an emergency room tech, irrigated, disinfected and stitched Caprice up and bandaged her wounds. A veterinarian prescribed a round of daily antibiotic injections for the pain and swelling. “She can’t hear soft sounds, and shes unsure on where loud sounds are coming from so shes a little jumpy,”  he said.

Not only was Atwater disturbed by the attack, he was upset that the dog’s owner had not taken responsibility for his animal. “I have no resentment towards the dog, more the owner for not keeping her under better control and for not coming back up to check on things,” Atwater said. “And it’s a lot of work wrestling a sick goat, catching her, changing bandages, draining\cleaning the wounds and avoiding infection. No easy task!”

On Monday, however, the owner of the dog came forward and told Atwater he was going to take responsibility for his dog. “I am glad he finally came around,” he said.

Caprice, meanwhile, continues to recover, and, thanks to the March downpour, has some new green grass to munch on.


  1. Every dog owner who lets their dog off leash is not only endangering others, but also setting themselves up for liability if the dog attacks another person. I know all dog owners think their wonderful animals would never hurt anyone, but some of them are wrong. Please keep your dogs on leash. It’s not only the law, but it’s a common courtesy. You do not own the park.

    • It also puts the animal themselves in danger. That’s the part I just don’t understand. If I was a dog owner I would never let them run wild simply because I know there are plenty of fools out there who do let their dogs run wild and those dogs could be dangerous.

  2. Grumples Soursnout

    Just what this neighbourhood needs. More god damn goats.

  3. Why wasn’t this poor goat in a secure pen? The owner must know that there are stray/loose dogs in Elysian Park all of the time. As someone who knows and loves goats I find this really irresponsible. Whether you need to protect your goats from mountain lions or stray/loose dogs, it’s up to the human owners to protect them. It’s so sad.

    • The goat is inside a privately owned, fenced in corral with fences easily 6ft high. It’s very secure. I don’t know how the dog got in. Perhaps there was loose dirt/mud due to the heavy rains that opened up a temporary gap?

      I don’t know Mr. Atwater but I pass by his property on a regular basis, stopping to check out Caprice and the horses. From seeing the grounds I don’t take Mr. Atwater as being irresponsible at all in any manner toward his animals or their surroundings.

      • Obviously a bulldog isn’t going to be able to jump 6ft. high fences, but there are many dogs who can. My point is that being next to a park where there are stray/loose dogs every day requires extra precautions to be taken. I used to live in EP and hiked Elysian Park on an almost daily basis. I’ve never seen as many abandoned/loose dogs anywhere else in the city. I would not characterize Echo Park/Elysian Park as being representative of the city as a whole. I believe you are overstating your views.

    • Honestly why don’t you put your mouth in a pen and shut it up permanently. The goat lives with 2 horses who incidentally were attacked by that dog MAYA and its idiotic weak flaccid owner who just stood there in the in the rain crying “Maya maya…” without making an honest or brave effort while a 70 year old women climbed the muddy hill in the rain in bare feet to chase of HIS OFF LEASH pit bull DOG while it attacked the innocent animals in the corral. She could’ve been killed but I guess its the property owners fault and not the idiot with the dog. That dog (should be put down) was off leash. That’s against the law. A hole in the fence is a hole in the fence. The corral is fenced off from the park on the park side. The dog traversed private property and came around the back and thru a gap in the fence and attacked 2 horses and maimed a goat. You’re an ass who doesn’t have clue to what responsibility is but its pointless to talk sense into to a person with a swiss cheese brain. What we should do it shoot these type of dogs and line up the skulls on a fence Game of Thrones style or Montana style whatever you prefer. DOGS ON LEASH! That it. Thats the law. Thats the right and righteous thing to do. There is a reason for that law.

      • Oh Ollie, I was very upset by this story. As someone who knows and love goats I merely questioned why Caprice was not in a secure pen, as the corral is adjacent to EP. To call me an ass when you write: “The dog traversed private property and came around the back and thru a gap in the fence and attacked 2 horses and maimed a goat.” really just makes you look foolish. I am in no way defending the actions of the dog, who by the way doesn’t know about property lines, and certainly I condemn the actions and negligence of the owner. The presence of a gap in the fence means it wasn’t a secure pen. Dogs on leash is the law EP, but it’s not the reality.

    • Grahm Wellington

      Based on previous posts I know you are a frequent offender of the leash law, so I know where your bias lay. But this is the exact reason the law is in place. I know you think of your little muffy dog as a human but he’s not and neither is maya. These are animals that have instinctual impulses that are (obviously in the case of maya vs. goat) uncontrollable via verbal command.
      Leash you dog. Don’t be an inconsiderate a88hole.

      • GW, in a very limited circumstance you are correct. However my point was not to say it’s ok to have dogs off leash but that extra precautions need to be taken given that the corral is adjacent to Elysian Park, where everyone knows there are a lot of stay/loose dogs. The quote in the original article also stated that it was a “bull dog” who attacked Caprice and not a pit bull, as someone states above.

        • Grahm Wellington

          The law doesn’t say leash your dog when you feel like it. It says a dog must be leashed at all times. That is the only way to prevent dogs from attacking other animals or humans. I don’t care what the breed is; I’ve seen Chihuahuas be more vicious than pits. What the law is taking into account is the unpredictable nature of animals and the ONLY sure solution to this issue.

          • Thank you Officer Wellington. You clearly cannot hear anything except your own voice.

          • Thank you Officer Wellington. You clearly cannot hear anything except your own voice. Try listening sometime.

          • Grahm Wellington

            It is either illegal for a reason or not. This is not debatable. You and the other off-leashers are WRONG, very inconsiderate and anti-social. I hope you all start getting fined. Better yet, I hope a vicious dog (who is on leash) bites your off leash dog. Who fault would that be? HAHA yours!!

          • It’s illegal most places, some not (i.e.Runyon Cyn), but for you to wish me and my dog harm just proves what a huge asshole you are. Have a wonderful day.

          • Grahm Wellington

            Ahh yes! I’m an asshole for pointing out your short comings! Brilliant!

            Shortcut to not being an asshole for eastsidearts:

            1) Stop caring about only yourself.
            2) Pay attention to the rules/laws; they were decided by all of us to be the best means of protection!
            3) Get off your ass and buy a place with a yard! You can run your dog without a leash in your back yard endlessly! What!? can’t afford a place with a yard? Well then no dog for you if you insist that dogs must be off leash and you don’t have a yard. PERIOD

            Really. Why would you expect the rest of society to sit back and let you break the rules when every else has to follow them? You special? Nah just super self-entitled. Sad.

    • Good bullying! Of course blame the victim.

      Good pits have worked for hours to chew into victim dogs’ homes to reach their victims to kill them.

      In order to legally confine good pits who have acted on instinct, attacked/killed and got a dangerous dog listing, their runs must be covered.

      Providing dog proof covered paddocks and pastures for goats and cattle is simply illogical.

      You say if the victim pet was outside, it is the victim’s owner’s fault if it attacked/dies? Great. So if your pit is outside and it’s attacked/ dies, remember to blame yourself.

      If it is acceptsble to you that pits enter neighboring properties to maim and kill, then it should be also be acceptable to enter pit properties to maim and kill pits, right?

  4. This is one of my biggest gripes with Los Angeles. KEEP YOUR DOG ON A LEASH!!! Seriously, how hard is it? I’m constantly complaining to pretty much all my dog owning friends about keeping them on leashes. They almost get ran over on a regular basis, running into people’s houses, jumping in strange cars, just going missing for a half hour… And nobody seems to care. Is this some weird LA thing? Keeping them on a leash, first and foremost, provides safety for YOUR animal.

    This incident is a perfect example, yes, the dog viciously attacked the goat but if one of those horses would’ve been able to land a kick to a bulldog, it could’ve easily killed the dog. It would be nothing but the owners fault but I bet Mr. Atwater would get the heat.

    This is a part of a huge problem here in Los Angeles when it comes to pet ownership. I’ve never seen a more lazy culture toward pets in my life. I’ve traveled my fair share around this world and the only place that comes close to having a worse stray dog epidemic was Juarez, Mexico. Everywhere I go in Los Angeles I see stray dogs. I’m not exaggerating. Easily 2-3 a week. It’s heartbreaking. I’m on a first name basis with rescue teams and shelters because I’m constantly calling.

    But back to the leash situation. Dog parks. They’re all over LA. Take your dog there and let them loose. That’s what they’re for. Keeping your dog off a leash is putting your own animal’s health at risk more than anything.

    Grow up and take responsibility. It’s a living creature that depends on nobody but YOU to take care of them.

    • Do you have a canine companion?

    • I’m with you on this. It is ridiculous how many off leash dogs there are. I have even had people question me about why I always have my well trained dog on a leash. My answer is that he’s not well trained enough or old enough to make decisions for himself yet. Personally, I think that most people are just too lazy to properly leash train their dogs. The dogs pull constantly on the leash and so they let them off the leash and think they have magically solved the problem.

    • Yes, thank you for this comment. Dog owners who do not walk their dogs daily ALWAYS LEASHED are lazy, plain and simple. Weekend warriors who let their dogs run around off leash — because they do not like walking their dogs the only legal way, on a leash, because it’s a pain because the dogs pull constantly BECAUSE THEY HAVE NEVER BEEN TAUGHT to walk leashed– present a constant hazard to people and other pets in Elysian Park. I stopped going there several years ago because there are so many unleashed dogs there, and so many rude, inconsiderate dog owners.

      It is really good that this dog’s owner stepped up and took responsibility for his dog. Let’s make Elysian Park safer for all of us together.

  5. I’m sorry for Mr. Atwater and his goat. As everyone else has already said: PEOPLE, LEASH YOUR DOGS!

  6. Well, if that dog had been on a leash, like she was supposed to be…like all dogs in the park are supposed to be…this never would’ve happened!

    • And all your wonderful off leash dogs POOP everywhere. You may have a poop bag in your pocket but you can’t use it when you don’t see your dogs running hither and yon doing secret poops.
      Also, so many parents of little children complain about the off leash dogs — their toddlers are at doggie height and its scary for a baby to have a big strange dog come right up to them.

  7. OH, I am sorry for the misery suffered by poor Caprice, and the woe its caused her human companion, too. We walk the trail around Elysian almost daily, for many many years,and have not yet ever encountered either a nasty, vicious or dangerous dog there,either on leash or off. Maybe its an animal-to-animal communication thing, maybe its a human-to-human thing, but I do think this unfortunate incident was a one-off and not at all indicative of how the Park is used by sentient beings, fourlegged or two. We send Caprice lots of love and healing energy. (And thanks to the attacking dog’s human for stepping up and taking responsibility: this should never have happened, and hopefully nothing like it ever will again).

  8. I spoke to the city council office (CD13) and they said that there is NO budget for patrolling the park. So folks just go up there and do whatever you want because you can and do and will because you and your dog or soooo special. All the enforcement and Park Rangers are at Griffith Park. There is no one (none!) patrolling EP lake either. So thats off leash heaven as well. So far a goat has had it ears bitten off and my mother was bit on the ass up there by a dog owned by an ass. The self-righteous indignation of the people who walk their dogs off leash in is off the charts. But who can blame them this is city sanctioned anarchy up there. I walk my dog on leash all the time but I just avoid that area now. Such a bunch of jerks. I’m going to set up an prostitution drug dealing off leash camp town up there and see how long it’ll run.

    PS we know you dog is perfect and would never harm or chase or bark or poop when your not looking. We get it. You don’t care what we think or who gets hurt by the example you set.

    • Grahm Wellington

      What do they mean “no budget”? An officer would pay for his daily salary by writing two or three tickets a day! Hell, I’d bet there would be at least ten per day! Get back on the phone Ollie tell them to start patrolling or we are going to start a protest!!

      • 10 a day? Nonsense, 10 in the first 30 minutes every single morning, then keep on writing them after that. It would bring in a boat load of money.

        I always walk my dogs on leash, carry a stun gun now as I’m sick and tired of them being charged, and worse, by off leash dogs.


  9. Bully dogs are so misunderstood… by their owners.

    Yes your bully is luicky slobbery waggy, never hurt a fly, right up to that point when instinct floods her little bully brain… and suddenly biting and shredding feels like the perfect activity for the next 30 minutes.

    Good beagles bark sniff and chase rabbits on instinct.

    Good bird dogs point and flush birds. When they retrieve birds, good setters use soft mouths, so as to not damage dinner.

    To date, no human has been killed in the USA by a setter. Compare that to good pits killing over 30 adult pit owners, in a decade. The list of dead child victims is, of course, very much longer. The number of maimed and dead passersby and neighbors (pets/people) is endless and grows by the minute.

    Pits are different. The pit men who selectively bred dogs to seek and destroy dogs know that pits are the best. That’s why they all use only pits.

    Good bully dogs seek and destroy others. Since bully dogs were so horrifically mutated, using centuries of selective breeding, to kill their own kind for absolutely no reason, no other species is safe when instinct meets opportunity to reach a victim.

    Now that dog fighting is illegal, it’s time to make breeding more fighting dogs illegal too.

    Pits are victims as well of these mutations. Let’s stop making more victims.

  10. Echo Park resident

    When I was a teenager, my family’s puppy at the time was attacked by two pit bulls in a similar situation: I was walking the puppy on a leash. Two pits were off leash in a front yard with no fence. The pits charged me and my dog, biting my hand (stitches required) and tearing up my puppy’s stomach (surgery and a lengthy vet stay was needed). The entire time, the owners of the dogs just stood by awkwardly shouting the dogs’ names and clapping their hands. Not once did the people try to pull their dogs off me or my puppy. I was only 15 at the time, so I couldn’t do much against two 100lb dogs except kick them. Eventually, my father was able to pull the dogs off our puppy.

    Moral of the story is: If you have a dog, but are too afraid or physically unable to pull the dog off a person or an animal, you probably shouldn’t have that type of dog. Get a dog you can control, or keep it properly leashed/restrained. I hope the sweet little goat is OK!

  11. Echoing most of the comments and as Doogie said very well: Please keep your dogs on leash. You DO NOT own the park.

    I am in the park on an almost daily basis with my young children. And almost daily we’re jumped on or nipped by one of the “friendly” dogs. I can’t count the times someone has yelled to me “Don’t worry, he’s friendly” as dog X runs at, threatens, or jumps on me or my kids. I don’t want your dog on me (I’m very allergic) and I certainly don’t need the unknown threat of your dog against my 1 year old child.

    I am more than happy to share the park with owners who keep their dogs on leash, but I’ve had enough and am very glad the attack on the goat and horses wasn’t worse. It’s time to take the park back from the dog owners who do not give a shit about their neighbors’ enjoyment and safe use of the park.

    • I am sorry for the injured goat, it was wrong and shouldn’t have happened and the dogs must be on leash. But the shrill, hyperbole of many comments is silly.

      If you and your 1 yr. old child are so threatened by dogs off leash why do you go to the park “… on an almost daily basis with my young children.”? That surely would be foolish, if not dangerous, if you truly felt a real threat- to walk into it daily. In fact, you go daily because it’s not that big of a deal and it’s more of an annoyance than a threat. Yes, you have the right to enjoy the park un-accosted, it’s your park too, but really it’s not the end of the world. More police! We need security cameras for the dog poop! Permits for the unleashed children!!!

      The more serious threat to you and your children is the Coyote’s who I have seen in broad daylight up there along with some transients who live and sleep in the park on a regular basis. How about the recent “gang related” murder in the park? These would keep you out of the park with 1 yr. olds I would think? But apparently they don’t stop you either so your just being shrill along with the rest of the righteous. Have a protest and blow some more smoke. Enjoy yourself.

      I like all the dogs but there are more serious threats in Elysian Park than them and I still go there. Just be realistic please.

  12. Hello,

    I’m the owner of the dog who attacked the goat. First of all many of the statements in the article above are simply not true. I feel grossly misrepresented, I feel my dog is being grossly misrepresented, and I have already given the Atwaters my feelings on all of this.

    I’ve lived around the corner from the corral for 8 years. I’ve always admired their horses while hiking along the trail. When I met my dog, last September, she was hungry, thirsty, battered, and dirty. A friend of mine had found her in the parking lot of the building where we both worked downtown. She was scared, but calm; and I got a good feeling from her so I agreed to take care of her. I figured it would be perfect since I live adjacent to the park she could enjoy walking there as I do.

    She is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier or an American Pit Bull. The vet said she was about 3 years old and never had a litter. I got her a collar and a leash, got her fixed, and she got her shots. She weighs about 50 pounds. Her breed is very muscular and very eager to please. She is by no means a large dog, she was most likely the runt of her litter. All of my roommates fell in love with her immediately; just about 9 out of 10 people we encounter on our walks seem to fall in love with her. We must have walked past the horses and the goat well over 100 times and I never thought something so horrible would happen.

    All that nonsense about me not coming around is funny since I walk my dog by there almost every day. Just because we hadn’t made contact doesn’t mean I wasn’t thinking about them and wondering how the goat was doing. It wasn’t until Monday that we did finally cross paths, but that was before I read the impossibly false statements of the flier that was posted around the neighborhood, which is in quotes above. The people at the corral that I spoke with were incredibly nice and understanding, if anything I feel they are misrepresenting themselves by putting such hyperbolic rubbish in such a public forum.

    In the end we agreed that I would help them to construct a more safe environment for their animals, thus providing a safer park for everyone. I’m not sure why they failed to mention that part. It kind of seems like they are trying to make me out as some sort of villain, which I find to be quite rude.

    Oh and let’s not forget Maia, my incredible dog! If you read the statement above, you might think that she was not injured. In fact, Maia’s vet bill was just about the same amount as Caprice’s vet bill due to being attacked by the horses, who were lovingly defending their friend, and making it impossible for me to get in between my dog and the goat! If you were wondering what I was doing the past couple weeks, a great majority of it was caring for my injured dog.

    Thanks for reading! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to hit me up, although I usually don’t spend my time lurking on message boards.

    One love.

    • so have you learned your lesson about having your ‘incredible dog’ illegally off leash?

    • You live a fantasy world of your own making. You skirted responsibility in your comments 100%. First you insinuate that by securing the fence you are protecting the people that use the park from the horses and goats that have lived up there for over 100 years. Not once do you admit that you had your dog off leash and even have the gaul to cry about your dogs injuries when it trespassed and was off leash while you abdicated your control your dog. You stood by while a women in her seventies scrambled thru the mud to chase your viscous bit bull out of and off of private property. It’s fools like you that adopt these dogs with zero understanding of the danger and the responsibilities that come with it WILLIAM. You’re the dog owner and are responsible for its actions in this case the mauling of a goat and the nearly killing of 2 horses. It’s only a matter of time before this time bomb mauls another animal or god forbid a child. But I suppose you’ll just blame the child for not being in a secure baby carriage. This sense of entitlement and righteousness is disturbing but indicative of your generation and the other off leash assholes up there. I hope they follow thru on the police report so that an official record exists that’s shows your dog is a danger to the public. Then maybe animal control will put it down as it should be. Honestly I’m shocked by your lack of contrition and self centered interpretation of the violent act that inflicted terror on an innocent goat and in the future danger it poses for anybody who comes in contact with you and your dog. You lack with the courage to own up to your cowardly actions. But alas in predictable fashion you are undoubtedly a hopeless narcissist. An “I’m really sorry would’ve done the trick”.

      • Grahm Wellington

        Good on ya Ollie! Doubt this narcissist ass will read your comment, but at least I’m satisfied to know we still have someone with a brain in our neighborhood!

    • Maya’s owner –

      i’m sorry Maya was hurt during this ordeal. I’m sure she was very upset. It sounds like she is very lucky to have found you and now has a wonderful life because of it. I’m equally upset about what poor Caprice went through. Poor thing. I’m glad that everyone will be okay.

      When I was up near the house this morning and saw the sign about Caprice I was very happy that it asked that dogs go on leash around the other animals. It was obviously written by someone who has lived there for a long time, loves animals, and loves his/her community. It wasn’t a mean note nor did it hold a lot of hate about those dog owners who walk in the park. Between that and what I’ve read it is obvious to me that Caprice’s owners are understanding of the situation. Obviously not happy about it but at least understanding.

      I was very excited to find this walk with all the off leash dogs and wonderful people about a year ago. Of course I myself own one of those off leash dogs. Yes he is a good dog. Yes he is well trained on leash, and yes I realized (on or off leash) he is still an animal and things can happen. In general dogs tend to be less aggressive off leash as they are not tethered to the person they are often trying to protect. I’ve past countless dogs off leash and live to tell the tail. I’m saddened, although not surprised, by the amount of vicious hatred shown on these comments. I tend to agree that it is a very nice park and a very nice walk and that in my many times there I have never had a bad experience. Since many of those who commented and say they have had problems seem to continue to frequent the park I would hope that they are finding ways to enjoy the walk and enjoy the companionship of all the sweet dogs they can find there. After all the majority of dogs are sweet, kind and loving.

      Thank you for giving Maya a loving home, for caring for Caprice, and for helping make the park a safer place for all the animals.

      • Echo Park resident

        Wendy, you are an ignorant fool. Just because YOU think YOUR dog is better off the leash and you think other dogs are “cute” and “sweet” does not change the laws of this City in any way, shape or form. The law is the law — and the law CLEARLY states that in public spaces like city/county parks, ALL DOGS must be LEASHED. Not just the “mean” dogs or the “untrained” dogs — ALL DOGS.

        I am the one who posted the story about me and my family’s puppy being attacked by unleashed dogs. You know what happened to those two pit bulls? They were seized by the city and put down for their aggression. You want to continue to break the law? Then I hope you won’t mind when your dog gets put down after it kills another animal or (god forbid) a child. Those are the consequences of having an unleashed dog after all.

      • Wendy, you are part of the problem. Leash your damn dog or go to an off-leash designated park.


    I am a runner who jogs (not races, but casually jogs) in the park and have MANY TIMES been tripped up and thrown off balance by off leash dogs who cut in front of me, chase after me, or stop directly in my path. This has happened multiple times especially on the trail above the 5 – Meaning getting tripped means you fall off of a 100 foot embankment. Each time a careless owner barely apologizes or even notices.

    I’m at the point where I actually KICK the dogs in my way. They are YOUR dogs, not mine. I love dogs, but I do not love YOUR dog. YOUR dog is not special to me.

    That is what every off-leash dog owner needs to understand.

    There are people out there who won’t care about how great your dog is, or how they never had a history of attacking anything. They only care about the facts, and the facts will get your dog put down.

  14. Hello,

    I just wanted to point out a simple fact that some people may have overlooked. The account in the article above is based on second-hand information[*]. The article itself might be based in reality, but that doesn’t mean any of the information in the article is accurate. If you’ve ever played the game of operator as a child then you know how, not only does information get distorted when regurgitated by multiple people, certain people will distort the message on purpose. I think we’ve all heard the adage, “Don’t believe everything you read,” well that certainly applies here and everywhere on the internet.

    Another point. The article above is a perfect example of virtual reality; It is written information that has been composed and compiled to suit you, the demographic of the “eastsider” website. Notice all the ads on the sidebar? The words in this article have been uploaded to the internet in order to create “content” for those ads to be associated with. Multiple people paid the owners of this website to have those ads placed there and when you come to this website your unconscious mind is soaking up those ads along with the “content”. It works exactly the same way TV works. A lot of people think that just because we live in the information age, all of the information we consume is factual and credible, but that is simply not the case. Just the same as before the information age, much of the information we consume is either entirely false or extremely misleading.

    If what you are looking for is a public apology, you won’t find that here. I have already apologized to Mr. Atwater and to Caprice herself. If you seek more, do yourself a favor. Live your life the best you can; always strive for improvement. If you spend your time criticizing other people based on what other people have told you about those people, then you may just end up getting nowhere.

    [*In other words, the person who wrote the article was given an account of the situation by someone who had themselves gotten an account of the situation from someone who was actually there. If you understand this, you will understand that any comment made based on the article has no relevance in reality, since it only pertains to the article. In reality we don’t know how many mouths a given bit of information has passed through; for this, it is always a good idea to take things with a grain of salt.]

    • Grahm Wellington

      Is the picture of the goat with his ears ripped off his head inaccurate????
      If not, that’s enough for me to understand that an illegally unleashed dog made his way into a pin and viciously malled an innocent goat. ALL KNOWN FACTS.

      To try to make this into anything else but a story of an irresponsible dog owner is ABSURD!!!!

    • The goat had her ears ripped off by a dog. That is reality!

      Actually, the Eastsider is an award-winning blog that regularly updates posts with corrections when necessary, so I think maybe you’re the one seeing what you want to see. If there were any errors, the story would have been corrected.

      You have to realize that, in many ways, this is about much more than this incident. Clearly anger has been boiling for a while in the community concerning off-leash dogs in the park. The attack on Caprice was sort of a straw that broke the camel’s back, so to speak. (No camels were harmed!)

  15. Keep your goddamn dogs on leashes, idiots.

  16. This is absolutely heartbreaking. I go running in the park every other day and I’ve seen the owner walking with her horse, dog and goat. My heart goes out to her.

    As a dog lover I’m more than happy to share the path with them, but owners need to have a very practical and emotionally-removed idea of how well controlled their dogs in fact are. At the most harmless I’ll find my legs tangled up by a small dog whose owner is generally clueless, at worst you’ll get stories like this. If you have any doubts whatsoever about your dog, put it on a leash. But here’s the most important point: if have ever been known to think or utter the words “My dog would never do that,” then you are least qualified to know how well controlled your dog is and you need to put a leash on him.

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