Padi, a Labrador mix from Manatee County, is in trouble again. The Labrador mix is under investigation for biting a Golden Retriever puppy at his owner’s clinic.
Padi, who is owned by veterinarian Dr. Paul Gartenberg, was given a second chance after biting a child in June last year.
Now, the dog is facing another accusation after he got into a scuffle with a puppy at the same pet clinic.
The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident between Padi and Obi-Wan, a 4-month-old Golden Retriever who is being trained to be a service dog.
According to Dave Bristow, spokesman for the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, the alleged attack happened around 9:40 a.m. Monday, March 7.
Obi-Wan was having his puppy shots at the Pet Clinic with his caregiver when the pup ran out the exam room and excitedly tried to greet Padi, who was walking around the area off leash.
“I thought it was just going to be a normal meet and greet, and the dog basically attacked him,” said Tammy Kritz, who is training the Golden Retriever puppy through New Horizon Service Dogs. “
Dr. Paul Gartenberg, Padi’s owner, said the puppy was the aggressor and growled at the Labrador as he approached him.
The veterinarian claimed Padi “nipped” the puppy’s nose, but the injury was not severe.
The pup’s nose bled, and was treated with a medicated lotion.
Now, Kritz is worried that the incident could affect the puppy’s chances of becoming a service dog.
Padi’s owner says he now feels that Padi is being unfairly targeted because of the attention surrounding his biting incident last June. The Labrador mix was nearly euthanized after biting a 4-year-old boy in the clinic. Gartenberg said Padi was provoked by the boy, who kept following him around the office even after the dog retreated under a desk.
Padireceived international attention and his Facebook page, “Free Padi”, gained more than 27,000 fans.
The Labrador mix was eventually released after a Sarasota judge’s ruling. Padi’s issue led the state lawmakers in Tallahassee to pass “Padi’s Bill,” which protects pets accused of biting from being sentenced to death without cause.
Kritz said she does not want to see Padi put down, but that something needs to change to protect other people and pets at the clinic.
Shefiled a complaint with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.Gartenberg could face a misdemeanor charge of reckless disregard for a service dog resulting in its injury.
The sheriff’s office skoke with Gartenbergon Monday, but did not remove Padi from the clinic.