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A second chance for Mindy

Thursday, April 10, 2014   by: Kenneth Armstrong

Everybody deserves a second chance.

So says Greg Paul, who recently adopted one of two stray dogs captured in the Pointe Aux Pins Drive area after an investigation into a series of attacks on deer.

Paul had rescued animals in the past, and when he recently relocated to Sault Ste. Marie from Sudbury, he was looking for a dog for the family.

He said Mindy, a lab and border collie mix, stood out immediately when he saw her at the Sault Ste. Marie Humane Society.

She was well-behaved, sitting and wagging her tail, said Paul.

“That was the second time we went looking for dogs. We did check out a few others. Some were really yappy,” said Paul.

Paul spent time getting to know Mindy, and took her for a walk before the adoption and said she was extremely well behaved and didn’t roam past the leash.

“She’s great with kids. The dogs must have been taken care of,” said Paul.

Paul said the Humane Society disclosed Mindy's past before the adoption was final, but that didn’t influence his decision to adopt.

“If no one had told me, I would never have known,” said Paul, who read the stories on after they brought the dog home.

The two dogs were suspected of killing deer and were captured about two weeks ago by the Ministry of Natural Resources and handed over to the Humane Society.

The MNR had originally said their intention was to shoot the dogs.

Mindy has some scarring on her ears and snout, and is still gaining weight from her time in the wild, but otherwise behaves like an average house pet.

“She sleeps at the end of the bed, she doesn’t go on the couch. She’s just really well-mannered,” said Paul.

What does Paul say to people who are afraid the dog is a danger? “Come meet her, come play with her.”

The Humane Society is happy that Mindy found a home, said manager Cindy Ross.

“The staff were excited and the dog reacted well to the family,” said Ross.

In a previous interview Ross had noted that both dogs were very sweet and not wild.

The second dog is now available for adoption at the society, but there have not been any prospects as of yet, said Ross.

(PHOTO: Christina Labelle, Greg Paul and 2-year-old Lilah Paul recently rescued Mindy from the Sault Ste. Marie Humane Society. Armstrong)

Previous coverage of this story linked below:

Deer-killing dogs to be put up for adoption
Dogs captured, being held by Humane Society (UPDATED)
MNR says dogs will be shot
Reports of two wild dogs, three dead deer


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Big Deal 4/10/2014 8:27:13 PM Report

I got 1 word for them....NUTS!!!
pope29 4/10/2014 9:12:25 PM Report

Nuts r a healthy snack...really...any kind of nuts.

Brazil nut
Bush nut
Ginko nuts
Hickory nuts
Lichee nuts
Macadamia nuts
Nangai nuts
Pine nuts
Shea nuts

are all great nuts
Moonshiner 4/10/2014 9:23:35 PM Report

pope that is a good one LOL you three are an awesome family to give her a second chance if only mindy could talk
said would say this will be unconditional luv she looks so happy
mister p 4/10/2014 9:43:42 PM Report

of course they got a good dog, they aren't the dogs that killed the deers, there is a pack of wolves in the area for one, and if anyone reads the comments on sootoday, you will clearly see how fast and judgemental people in the sault are, it is possible that the dogs chased a deer, which lead someone to think the dogs, then went and killed and slaughtered the deer. I feel bad for the family who didn't have the balls to say that its their dog as not to be punished.
northerntrillium 4/10/2014 9:59:03 PM Report

Come on people - this is a good news story! Can you not just be pleased with a happy ending for all involved. It has not been proven that the dogs were responsible for felling the deer; however, if I were running free and hungry my resource would be the same. It's nature - clue in.
Bad Dawg 4/11/2014 12:08:13 AM Report

I agree a feel good story.... there is no such thing as a bad dog just bad owners. They are easier to rehabilitate than humans. Take my dog for example, is a pure bred Border Collie that was the runt of the litter with a bad case of food aggression. Got him for free, well wife saved him from a date with a bullet. With little work we overcame his issue and now one of the smartest, well behaved dogs our Family has ever had.

The new owner Paul has experience with rescues. I commend anyone for adopting any dog, it seems like a smart, loyal, well trained pet.... good for Mindy, she deserves a second chance!
Mr. Poster 4/11/2014 6:20:50 AM Report

With all the "world turmoil" this is indeed a heart warming story.Thanks for posting it sootoday.
right wing 4/11/2014 8:29:24 AM Report

It would have been better for all if a single adult or couple adopted that dog.
You folks out there that want to come across as knowing dogs so well should understand a bit about animal behavior.
You want to state how the dog was simply doing what it had to for survival.
This is absolutely true.
In being forced to do this the dog now knows extreme aggression.
This dog may never show it again in a domestic situation but it just might under the correct circumstances.
Bottom line is you cannot trust it 100%.
Like others I do not like to see dogs put down for no reason but this person is taking a gamble here and unfortunately he is gambling with those two beautiful young girls.
I hope I am completely wrong and this dogs attack instincts never surface again.
Good luck.
ti-guy 4/11/2014 8:48:00 AM Report

dont worry.... you are wrong......
Alystr 4/11/2014 8:48:40 AM Report

It floors me to see how many people actually believe these dogs killed a deer. That is the biggest bullshit dog story I've ever read. If they did kill a deer, the deer must have been near death when they found it. A deer can outrun a dog probably 3 times as fast.
Slim Shady 4/11/2014 9:35:03 AM Report

@right wing

I agree with you 100%. I too love dogs and this entire event upset me, however the risk of the dogs lashing out at someone is a valid public concern. Dogs can escape the best owner’s yards or break free from a leash.

It is very hard (not impossible) to take excessive aggression out of a dog. You maybe successful in mitigating it however therein lies the problem of predictability of the dog’s behaviour. When you put young kids into the mix, the dog may see the child as a threat and maul them. For people to say that it is lubricious is denial – there are a lot of cases of mauled and killed children. Why would you put a dog in that situation? Why would you put other people in that situation?


You obviously haven’t watched wolves take down a large deer or moose in the winter that is in four feet of deep powder snow. Dogs are descendants of wolves and have the same primal hunting instincts. The deer this winter were not in their prime health either due to the depth of snow limiting their sources of food and the depth of the snow consuming more of their energy foraging for food.
howlintrout 4/11/2014 9:40:07 AM Report

Maybe people should be mad at the owners of the dogs that let them run wild in the first place, and not the dogs.
And deer can't run fast in deep snow.
right wing 4/11/2014 10:24:01 AM Report

Slim Shady

Why folks want to deny this is puzzling to me as well.
A retired veterinarian that I know and I had a conversation about this very fact some time ago.
He confirmed to me that aggression in some breeds is inherit and in others it is learned.
Nobody can predict when or if it will be triggered unless the dog often shows aggression.
He showed me some of the articles on dog mauling that are written up in the vet journals...the general public is not aware of how often this actually occurs.
To each his own with risk taking in life but this is one that with children around I would not.
mac2 4/11/2014 10:34:16 AM Report

right wing and slim shady, who knew? like 2 peas in a pod! same guys, same comments, diff story, lol, where's the rest of the peanut gallery? :p
mac2 4/11/2014 10:35:07 AM Report

tfinn should be along shortly, make it 3 peas in a pod.............
right wing 4/11/2014 11:02:42 AM Report

Hey...better than being an empty headed pod.

Christinal 4/11/2014 12:06:31 PM Report

I am happy to have rescued this dog. To all these people who think these dogs are vicious shouldn't be around children. I would love to prove you all wrong. She is an amazing member our family and can't be more happy with the choice we made. The amount of people that have stopped to pet her on our walks can't even believe she is one of the dogs. I am happy that we gave this dog another chance she deserves it. Mindy is an amazing dog and i am very happy that these dogs were put up for adoption.
Slim Shady 4/11/2014 12:31:15 PM Report


I guess you are unable to offer a valid opinion or comment so you resort to ridicule? Your choice, I guess it is the summation of your mental capacity.

Just because people’s opinions differ does not mean they can’t have a discussion to make their point.

For the record, we all have disagreed on one or another article. However, once again I must agree with Right Wing: “…Hey...better than being an empty headed pod…”
Bad Dawg 4/11/2014 1:32:16 PM Report

RW and SS...... you guys are wrong and you couldn't be more wrong!! If what your saying is true, then ALL DOGS are vicious and should never be trusted. I do agree any dog has the ability to attack or bite, it is up to US as OWNERS to responsibly train them as our pets and Family members.

You two are the type of people that voted to ban Pit Bulls. Which were NEVER the most prone to bite people only dumba$$es used them to fight because they were not purebreds and available. I know lots of Pitters that are amazing Family pets.

sorry but you guys asked for it..... IDIOTS!!!

Slim Shady 4/11/2014 3:02:23 PM Report

@Bad Dawg

You main a counter arguement and a view point.

Then you couldn't resist a personal attack.... basically tainting the point you are trying to make.

By your line of reasoning all dog attacks are the fault of the person being attacked?

I have nothing against Pitbulls, I have seen numerous friendly ones. I wouldn't leave a kid with a rehomed fighter dog though? That's the point I am making... Not that all dogs are vicious or that any particular breed is more or less vicious.

Call me and idiot all you want if it makes you feel better... It doesn't hurt my feelings coming from an indivual that I don't know or hold a high regard of.
Bad Dawg 4/11/2014 7:20:13 PM Report

I apologize, was no need to disrespect you personally.

It is the owners fault..... no such thing as a bad dog. yes there are poorly trained dogs, but that is not the dogs fault. When they were running around free, not one resident took it upon themselves to help these dogs by feeding them to ensure the safety of their children, neighbors or wildlife.
I do have experience with "wild dogs"
I grew up on a farm in Alberta with those roaming "Hobbema Dogs", some dogs would go with neighboring dogs from other farms that would "go feral" with a pack of strays that were declared wild. Whenever one's dog would runaway with them everyone would make sure there was always access to food. An average farm trained dog will give in to the pack mentality and run down all kinds of farm animals from baby lambs to cows even the odd horse. They wouldn't eat what they kill, just kill. Countless families lost their pets too because every farm has at least one gun.
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