The owner of a 98-pound German Shepherd named Syko is planning to 'put the dog to sleep' after it viciously attacked several smaller pups outside
The owner of a 98-pound German Shepherd named Syko is planning to ‘put the dog to sleep’ after it viciously attacked several smaller pups outside her Upper East Side bookstore.
Lynda Hudson, 58, claims she had been ‘harassed’ after Syko attacked at least four dogs outside the La Librairie des Enfants in recent months, including one toy poodle called Baby, who had to be euthanized after its spine was broken during the attack.
Hudson has told the neighbors that she is planning to have Syko euthanized in the next few days, after one vet allegedly refused to put down the ‘healthy’ dog.
In an email provided to DailyMail.com, Hudson apologized to locals for her dog’s behavior scaring people in the neighborhood – and said she had tried everything to tame its wild behavior.
‘Syko’ – second from left and pictured with his parents and siblings – mauled several smaller pups outside the quaint French bookstore La Librairie des Enfants on the Upper East Side
Lynda Hudson, 58, opened La Librairie des Enfants in 2016. She owns the vicious German Shepherd dog that has been mauling other animals
‘I thought you should know the whole story and maybe you should have come and see me! I would have explained to you [sic],’ she wrote in an email to neighborhood resident and dog owner Fred Gross.
‘It’s very unfortunate that this poor little dog was put to sleep and I’m so sick!’
She explained that she’d put the aggressive dog through ‘different programs (training, behaviorist, medication..) It just doesn’t work.’
The email added: ‘I’ve been here for almost 9 years and my adult dogs never attacked but this white German shepherd is something.
‘I called my vet yesterday to ask him to put the dog to sleep and my vet refused to do it.’
The vet reportedly referred her to a clinic in Brewster, where Hudson said she had an appointment Monday.
After being asked if she would return to the shop, Hudson said she planned to close the bookstore until September – and would be travelling to France next week.
She added: ‘My dogs won’t be in the shop anymore but the hatred, insults name calling has to stop.’
Laurie Davis, a local tech engineer and the owner of a small white Cavachon named Chloe, is one of the unlucky owners whose furry friend was attacked by Syko.
Davis is now taking Hudson to small claims court for the $6,000 it cost to treat Chloe’s severe injury, claiming she promised to pay for everything.
She had been walking with a friend and their Muppet, when Syko lunged at them – and two other dogs allegedly bit the Maltipoo’s face.
‘My friend and I were coming back from Central Park with our dogs … next thing I know, this white dog has Chloe in its mouth,’ she told Dailymail.com about the May 7 incident.
Chloe and her owner Laurie Davis following Syko’s brutal attack on the small Cavachon in early May. Davis is taking Hudson to small claims court over the $6,000 vet bill that came as the result of lifesaving measures for Chloe
The aftermath of Chloe’s injury from being attacked by Syko. She required emergency surgery and was in critical care for nearly three days
Davis recounted ‘screaming at the top of her lungs’ while trying to save her dog, who received assistance in the effort from several of the people who live in her building and on the block.
One man from her building, she said, ‘got a wet towel and put pressure on her wound which is probably what saved her life.’
Chloe survived but required emergency surgery and was in critical care for nearly three days, according to Davis.
Hudson later attempted to speak to Davis, saying the attack had been her husband’s fault, because ‘he’s a drunk.’
She also said she would pay for Chloe’s veterinary bills, though Davis said she has yet to receive a check.
Another neighbor told Dailymail.com that she has had several unpleasant encounters with Hudson in the wake of Syko’s attacks.
She said that when she began crossing the street with her dog to avoid walking next to the bookshop, Hudson screamed at her, arguing that the attacks weren’t her fault.
The woman added that Hudson seemed convinced that because the attacks had happened on the sidewalk in front of her store, as opposed to inside the store, they should not impact her business.
‘It’s just like lie after lie after lie’ with Hudson, said the woman.
Gross confirmed that Hudson made empty promises about the way she would handle her brood of dogs.
He added: ‘Last time she said that the dogs would be muzzled and there would only be one at a time in the store and that wasn’t true.
‘It’s crazy. I only emailed her to try to protect the neighborhood. It’s just gotten so out of hand that this has had to happen. She’s told us that she’s closing the store for the summer and going to France but who knows.’
According to an email sent on Tuesday, Hudson said she is closing the bookstore until ‘at least’ September.
Hudson had been told to ‘leave the neighborhood’ by angry locals, after she blamed the owner of the toy poodle for Syko’s attack.
Personal trainer Akiba Tripp was walking her seven-pound Toy Poodle Baby on Friday near the bookstore when Syko sank his teeth into the pup and broke her spine
Personal trainer Akiba Tripp was walking her seven-pound toy poodle Baby near the bookstore when the owner suddenly opened the door
Psychologist Julia Schafer, another Upper East Side local, said that she was walking out of her building with her small collie mix Tarsila on May 3 when disaster struck
DailyMail.com revealed that Hudson had posted several cryptic messages on the bookstore’s social media pages, before writing that the owner was ‘very quick to put her to sleep! Just wondering!’.
Personal trainer Akiba Tripp was walking her seven-pound toy poodle Baby last Friday near the bookstore when the owner suddenly opened the door.
Hudson walked out with Syko, who then grabbed the poodle ‘within his mouth,’ sank his teeth into Baby, and broke her spine.
People from neighboring bars ran over and tried to drag the dogs apart on the blood-splattered sidewalk. But Baby couldn’t move because she was paralyzed from the attack.
The poodle was euthanized that evening. But not before Hudson offered to pay for medical treatment and allegedly asked to adopt and rehabilitate the small dog.
Baby is not the first casualty of the aggressive pooch. Skyo attacked Tarsila, a small collie mix, on May 3.
Psychologist Julia Schafer, said she was walking out of her building when her pup was grabbed and mauled by Syko. Hudson agreed to pay the $850 vet bill.