Homeless man desperate to reunite with dog taken by Gardai
23rd June 2021
A homeless man is still waiting to be reunited with his dog after it was taken by the Gardai on Tuesday evening.© Provided by Extra.ie
On Tuesday evening outside Dame Lane, two women with a child had stopped to chat with a homeless man, John Dixon who was with his dog Trixie.
Dr Darko Scrobo, a witness to the incident, told Extra.ie that the mother put her child down to take a photo with Mr Dixon.© Provided by Extra.ie A homeless man is still waiting to be reunited with his dog after it was taken by the Gardai on Tuesday evening. Pic: Darko Scrobo
It was then when the child ‘bent down and invaded the dog’s space’.
‘The child was crouched down and quite on top of the dog and had her face in the dog’s face. The dog did what most dogs do — but especially dogs who sleep rough do — and nipped child on the lip. She then started bleeding.’
Dr Scrobo said during this incident, an off-duty Garda then approached the group and things ‘escalated’.
The doctor treated the child until an ambulance arrived. He said that the child received a tetanus shot and did not require stitches.© Provided by Extra.ie ‘It actually broke our hearts when we saw John,’ Dr Darko Scrobo said to Extra.ie. Pic: Darko Scrobo
During all this, Mr Dixon stayed at the scene and was ‘very apologetic’.
‘He started crying and shaking and was very upset,’ the doctor said.
When An Garda Siochana and the ambulance arrived, John Dixon was handed a paper to sign which relinquished power to Ashtown Pound to put the dog to sleep ‘as they see fit’. The dog was then taken by Gardaí.
‘It actually broke our hearts when we saw John,’ he said to Extra.ie.
‘Trixie the dog is really everything that he has. So he’s in a really bad emotional state.’© Provided by Extra.ie When An Garda Siochana and the ambulance arrived, John Dixon was handed a paper to sign which relinquished power to Ashtown Pound to put the dog to sleep ‘as they see fit’. The dog was then taken by Gardaí. Pic: Darko Scrobo
Following the incident, Dr Scrobo and his fiancé Mark made inquires about the whereabouts of the dog. They were told that the dog is currently being kept at Store Street Garda Station.
They were then referred to Pearse Garda Station where they were informed that the case has been assigned to a Garda who does not return to work until Sunday morning.
‘We’ve said we’re willing to pick up John and drive to the station to get the dog but we were told that it all relies on this one Garda whose not in until Sunday,’ he said.
The mother does not wish to press charges against Mr Dixon with Dr Scrobo saying she immediately began ‘blaming herself’ for what happened.© Provided by Extra.ie Following the incident, Dr Skarbo and his fiancé Mark made inquires about the whereabouts of the dog. They were told that the dog is currently being kept at Store Street Garda Station. Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire
‘At the end of the day, the child was doing what children do and the dog did what dogs do.’
With the mother not pressing charges, Trixie will not be euthanised but Mr Dixon still doesn’t know when he will see his dog again.
‘It just feels so unjust. Hopefully we can reunite Trixie and John,’ Dr Scrobo said. ‘He is very appreciative of the fact that he’s got a few people behind him because he himself said he would not be able to do any of this.’
A spokesperson from An Garda Siochana’s Press Office told Extra.ie: ‘A female child received injuries following an incident on June 22, 2021 at approximately 7pm at Dame Lane in Dublin City Centre.
‘The child was taken to hospital to receive treatment.
‘Enquiries are ongoing.’