PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — John Hemstead and his 5-year-old Sheltie, Jasmine, were inseparable until a Sunday morning walk ended in tragedy.
Jasmine died after Hemstead says she was attacked by another dog on the Springwater Corridor.
“It’s a death. Obviously, it is not a person but it was a very big part of our family,” Hemstead said. “You know we talked to her as much as we did each other.”
That conversation ended Sunday when a woman walking her St. Bernard lost control of the leash. The St. Bernard attacked, knocking Hemstead into the brush.
The dog dug its teeth into Jasmine, leaving her with broken ribs and wounds on her liver and stomach. Hemstead pushed the attacking dog away and rushed Jasmine to the vet covered in blood.
“Can you imagine going on a wonderful walk with your dog that you both enjoy and your dog ends up dead?” he said.
Hemstead said three women were walking with the St. Bernard but they didn’t do anything when it attacked.
“Nobody tried to help,” he said. “Nobody tried to physically help me. Nobody tried to grab their leash to pull that dog off. Nobody did anything.”
Hemstead hopes those responsible will be held accountable and that the same thing doesn’t happen to anyone else.
“Somebody killed my dog and in America if you kill somebody you pay. This is America,” Hemstead said. “That dog has to be put to sleep. That dog is going to kill somebody. If my wife had been with me, I’m not sure if she would be here today.”
Multnomah County Animal Services said a tip from the community lead them to the St. Bernard and its owners. The dog is under quarantine at home and the case is being investigated.