One dog killed another on Friday while one was being walked on a leash and
the other was on a lead in front of a residence in the 4100 block of
Westwood Lane, Chesterton Police said.
According to police, at 12:23 p.m. a woman was walking several dogs--all on
leashes--when one of them, a 70-pound St. Bernard mix, approached a poodle
mix which had been secured to a long leash attached to the front door of the
The woman advised police that initially the St. Bernard and poodle appeared
to be indulging in “innocent reciprocal curiosity,” that “they sniffed at
each other and their tails were moving back-and-forth.” But then the St.
Bernard grabbed the poodle “like a toy” and shook it, the woman advised. She
screamed at the St. Bernard to stop and the dog did but the poodle was
“It does not appear as though any Town Code violations occurred,” police
said. The poodle “was on a lead in his front yard and (the St. Bernard) was
being walked on a leash. As tragic as this event turned out, it seems as
though it was completely accidental in nature,” police said.
The Porter County Animal Control officer dispatched to the scene reached the
same conclusion, police said. The St. Bernard “gets routine veterinary care
and is up-to-date on shots” and neither the CPD nor Animal Control has
received vicious animal complaints about the dog, police added.