To begin with, the Sources MRC patrolman assures that he was accused, but that he was not bitten by Houle’s beast during this weekend of May 8, 2021. He would have felt the pressure of the animal’s teeth on his skin. , but he was not cut by the fangs.
The police officer allegedly got off his bike and charged at the dog while “screaming like a retard” to “grab” the dogs.
“It took me by surprise, they really ran towards me,” said the police officer who has worked at the MRC des Sources for more than three decades.
After this event, the dogs turned around to join their master who was trying to call them back. “I told Mr. Houle that he should leash his dogs,” he testified.
On May 11 and 12, already in office, Agent Boivin should have intervened three times in relation to Houle’s dogs following calls from citizens.
“He told me he was tired of having his fence cut down and that’s why he brought his dogs,” he told the court. But I told him it was time to tie them up.”
Annoyed about fifteen times
Geneviève Forest alone would have had around fifteen unpleasant experiences with Houle’s animals, she told the Sherbrooke court on Wednesday. Only on May 16, 2021, Valsourcienne, who lives about 300 meters from Houle’s company, would have experienced two events that involved the Danes.
In the morning, while riding a bicycle with his own dog, he allegedly encountered the accused driving at a slow speed in his car. Houle’s beast would have jumped out of the jeep and headed towards her. The owner apparently managed to intercept his dog before he joined the cyclist.
A few hours later, during a second outing that same day, four Danes from Houle found themselves outside their fenced field. “It’s not the first time I’ve gotten into this,” said the woman who was still riding her bicycle with her own dog.
Therefore, the four Danes pounced on the cyclist. While she wanted to lose them, Ms. Forest’s animal allegedly lay on its back.
“I got off (the bike) quickly, pushed the four Danes, some with my knee and others with my fist. I screamed, screamed and kicked. I went back to the fence so there wouldn’t be a dog behind me. I made three of the four Danes retreat by charging them,” the woman explained to Quebec Court judge Conrad Chapdelaine.
He believes he has had problems with Patrick Houle’s dogs since 2019. The first time he should have used his bike as a shield to protect his dog.
In total, he recounts about fifteen events involving one Dane or another between the spring of 2019 and the spring of 2021. Most of the time, Mrs. Forest would not have seen the dogs’ owner.
In June 2021, Rénald Boutin, another citizen of Val-des-Sources, was talking to a friend near a bike path. “A lady left the bike lane while she was jogging,” he says. Four or five minutes later she ran back and said four or five dogs were chasing her.”
He would have taken his ATV to try to find the dogs. However, they had already returned to his owner when he passed by again.
When he asked the dogs’ owner to tie them up, he was told to “eat shit,” he says.
“I wasn’t in a good mood, that’s why my tone of voice was higher than normal,” the witness admits.
He is said to have seen the dogs seven or eight times. On each occasion, the dogs would have been on his master’s land.
Patrick Houle is defending himself against two counts of criminal negligence causing injury, as his dogs allegedly attacked two pedestrians on a cycle path in Val-des-Sources on August 31, 2021.