Funeral Director Cited After Pit Bull Snaps at Child
Danville, IL – A funeral home director is disputing a complaint that his pet pit bull became aggressive toward a toddler inside the funeral home. Bob Pape, owner of Pape Memorial Home & Gardens received a citation for violating Danville's dangerous dog ordinance. A 2-year-old boy was at the funeral home on Jan. 27 to attend a visitation for his grandfather, when the pit bull snapped at the toddler.
JoAnn Adams, the local Humane Society Directory, said Pape's dog was declared dangerous following an incident outside the funeral home in January 2007. All dogs that have been declared dangerous are required to be muzzled and leashed when they are outside of their homes. If Pape is found guilty or pleads guilty, he could be fined between $300 and $1,500 and ordered to pay court costs.
Pape admits the 3-year-old dog, named Blue, was not muzzled but he insisted the dog was leashed and denies the dog became aggressive with the boy or anyone else. Pape said the dog belongs to his son, Roby Pape, who has away at college, and has come to work with him every day for the past three years.
Pape disputes the first citation, which resulted in the dog being declared dangerous. He claims that his dog was attacked on his own property as he and the dog were getting out of his van. He claims that a boxer broke free from its owner and attacked his dog. But Pape was found guilty of letting his dog run loose and was fined $100. Pape signed a document declaring his dog dangerous and outlining the rules by which he would have to abide, including keeping the dog in a fully enclosed pen, on a run line and muzzled and leashed when it's outside its home.
While Adams is aware of only those two incidents, she said she has received several complaints from people. "They've said they've been there and the dog is roaming around," she said. "I've had to tell them that I'm not familiar with the funeral home regulations."
"Why would you have a dog at the funeral home in the first place?
There is no state rule governing the situation.