Tuesday, August 21, 2012

RIP Quincy - Guide dog killed by pit bulls

RIP Sweet girl

On March 19, 2012, Bruce Cole, and his guide dog, Quincy, were victimized by two loose pit bulls owned by Jameison and Whitney Harney. Mr Cole was very sensitive to Quincy, having worked with her for years, and immediately knew that she was in trouble, but being blind, could not help her. I can only imagine the horror of the situation where a blind person knows that his guide dog, who means the world to him, is being attacked by pit bulls, and he is helpless to do anything about it.

Cole shouted for help repeatedly. Eventually someone driving by got out of the car and managed to stop the attack, but then drove off without offering any further aid.Cole then called 911, and Harney, the owner of the pit bulls, came from his house, heard Bruce saying that his guide dog had been attacked, and called him “a (expletive) liar,” which can be heard on the 911 tape.

Jameison and Whitney Harney w/ one of the pit bulls that attacked Quincy

As Cole made his way home with a traumatized Quincy, Jameison Harney began shouting angrily at Bruce. At no time have Jameison or Whitney Harney apologized, offered to help or expressed any concern at all for Cole or Quincy. Jameison Harney was and is on probation for felony drug charges. 

Quincy did not exhibit any symptoms for several days, but seemed shaken. The veterinarian thought it best to monitor Quincy’s condition and no office visit was scheduled.

Quincy became increasingly unsteady, losing the use of her hind legs. Cole took her to Beneva Animal Hospital on April 9, where tests revealed that Quincy had two fractured vertebrae and a bacterial infection.

Quincy died on May 4th.

Visit the Quincy Cole Facebook page
See quincycole.com for further updates on the case