The owner of a 98-pound German Shepherd named Syko is considering ‘putting the dog to sleep’ after he violently attacked several smaller puppies outside his Upper East Side bookstore.
Lynda Hudson, 58, claims she was ‘harassed’ after Syko attacked at least four dogs outside The Children’s Bookstore in recent months, including a toy poodle called Baby, who had to be euthanized after her column spine was shattered in the attack.
Hudson told neighbors she planned to have Syko euthanized in the coming days after a vet reportedly refused to put down the “healthy” dog.
In an email sent to DailyMail.com, Hudson apologized to locals for her dog’s behavior which frightened people in the neighborhood – and said she had tried everything to tame his wild behavior.
‘Syko’ – second from left and pictured with his parents and siblings – mutilated several smaller puppies 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 mutilated other animals
‘I thought you should know the whole story and maybe you should have come to see me! I would have explained (sic) to you,’ she wrote in an email to neighborhood resident and dog owner Fred Gross.
“It’s such a shame that poor little dog was put to sleep and I’m so sick!”
She explained that she was putting the aggressive dog through “different programs (training, behaviorist, medication…) It just doesn’t work.”
The email added: “I’ve been here almost 9 years and my adult dogs have never attacked, but this white German Shepherd is something.”
“I called my vet yesterday asking him to put the dog to sleep and my vet refused to do so.”
The vet reportedly referred her to a clinic in Brewster, where Hudson said she had an appointment on Monday.
After being asked if she would return to the store, Hudson said she planned to close the bookstore until September – and would be heading to France next week.
She added: “My dogs won’t be in the store anymore, but the hate, the slurs have to stop.”
Laurie Davis, a local technical engineer and owner of a small white Cavachon named Chloe, is one of the unlucky owners whose furry friend was attacked by Syko.
Davis is now suing Hudson in small claims court for the $6,000 it cost to treat Chloe’s serious injury, claiming she promised to pay for it all.
She was walking with a friend and their Muppet, when Syko lunged at them – and two other dogs allegedly bit Maltipoo’s face.
“My friend and I were driving back from Central Park with our dogs…next thing I know this white dog has Chloe in his mouth,” she told Dailymail.com of the May 7 incident.
Chloe and her owner Laurie Davis following Syko’s brutal attack on the little Cavachon in early May. Davis is suing Hudson in small claims court over the $6,000 vet bill resulting from Chloe’s rescue
Syko (centre) the German Shepherd has attacked at least four dogs in recent months, and his owner now says he will be put down
The aftermath of Chloe’s injury after being attacked by Syko. She required emergency surgery and was in intensive care for almost three days
Davis said he “screamed at the top of his voice” trying to save his dog, who received help from several people who live in his apartment building and in the neighborhood.
A man in her apartment building, she said, “took 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 intensive care for almost three days, according to Davis.
Hudson then attempted to speak to Davis, claiming the attack was her husband’s fault because “he’s drunk”.
She also said she would pay Chloe’s vet bills, though Davis said she hasn’t received a check yet.
Another neighbor told Dailymail.com that she had several unpleasant encounters with Hudson following Syko’s attacks.
She said when she started crossing the street with her dog to avoid walking next to the bookstore, Hudson yelled at her, arguing the attacks weren’t her fault.
The woman added that Hudson seemed confident that because the attacks happened on the sidewalk in front of her store, as opposed to inside the store, they shouldn’t impact her business.
“It’s like lie after lie after lie” with Hudson, the woman said.
Gross confirmed that Hudson made empty promises about how she would handle her brood of dogs.
He added: ‘Last time she said the dogs would be muzzled and there would only be one at a time in the store and that was not true.
‘It’s crazy. I only emailed him to try to protect the neighborhood. It got so out of control it had to happen. She told us she was closing the store for the summer and going to France but who knows.
According to an email sent Tuesday, Hudson said she was closing the bookstore until “at least” September.
Hudson had been told to “leave the neighborhood” by angry locals, after blaming the owner of the toy poodle for Syko’s attack.
Personal trainer Akiba Tripp was walking his seven-pound baby toy poodle near the bookstore on Friday when Syko sank her teeth into the pup and broke her spine
Personal trainer Akiba Tripp was walking his seven-pound baby toy poodle near the bookstore when the owner suddenly opened the door
Psychologist Julia Schafer, another Upper East Side resident, said she was walking out of her building with her little Tarsila collie mix on May 3 when disaster struck
DailyMail.com revealed that Hudson posted several cryptic messages on the bookstore’s social media pages, before writing that the owner was “very quick to put him to sleep!” I was just wondering!’.
Personal trainer Akiba Tripp was walking his little seven-pound toy poodle near the bookstore last Friday when the owner suddenly opened the door.
Hudson dated Syko, who then grabbed the poodle “in her mouth”, sank her teeth into Baby and broke her spine.
People from nearby bars ran and tried to separate the dogs 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 little dog.
Baby is not the first victim of the aggressive doggie. Skyo attacked Tarsila, a small collie mix, on May 3.
Psychologist Julia Schafer said she was walking out of her building when her puppy was grabbed and mutilated by Syko. Hudson agreed to pay the $850 vet bill.