Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice
|Mellisa Simpson with Chevy and Ruger in their Cowley yard|
C. Davis photo
Workers fixing water lines in her west Cowley neighborhood reported the incident to the Cowley Village office, who then contacted Simpson. Apparently her neighbour sprayed the two dogs through her fence along the perimeter of the alleyway adjacent to her property.
"I'm afraid," said Simpson. "We work every day, so they're in the yard during the day, so how am I going to know if he does something else? Right now there's construction people that are nice enough to come to a total stranger and say 'I've seen something', but they're not going to be there every day."
"What if I go home and they're dead?"
Simpson said she had a simple message for her neighbour. "Next time you have an issue with my dogs, maybe before you take your own actions you should come and confront us."
According to Simpson, none of her other neighbours has expressed a concern about her dogs. One is a 9 year old German Shepherd and the other is an English Mastiff who turned 1 year old on August 14. She expressed concern that the incident could have damaged the Mastiff's temperament.
For Simpson and her husband, the bear spray resulted in burning eyes, a house and yard smelling of bear spray, and an inability to wear her contact lenses. She said the incident put the health of her other neighbours at risk, including an elderly lady and several children who live nearby.
The incident has been reported to the local RCMP, the Alberta SPCA, and the Village of Cowley. "I want him charged so this doesn't happen again," said Simpson.
|Mellisa Simpson claims neighbour bear sprayed|
this fence lined perimeter to her Cowley residence