Oregon Man Accused of Releasing Doberman to Kill Rabbit in Front of Horrified Children in City Park

Oregon parents are saying that Luke Kishpaugh, 33, of Salem (Oregon) is someone you do not want around your kids, your parks, your pets . . . well, you just don’t want him around. Kishpaugh was in a city park when he saw children watching a rabbit play in the grass. Kishpaugh reportedly smirked and released his Doberman Pinscher to catch and kill the rabbit — in front of the terrified children.


Witnesses reported to police that Kishpaugh not only laughed as the dog tossed the rabbit around (killing it), but praised his dog. He also allegedly taunted a 3-year-old child in the parking lot.

We have seen recent cases of cruelty against animals and the relatively low charges that result. Kishpaugh is charged with aggravated animal abuse in this case and barred from going into the parks.

Putting aside any leash laws, the case likely turns on his release of the dog with the intention of killing the rabbit. Presumably, a dog owner is not liable when a dog kills a bird or rabbit without such encouragement of its owner (once again, assuming that dogs can be unleashed in the park). That could make the testimony of witnesses key in this case and offer Kishpaugh a defense.

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24 thoughts on “Oregon Man Accused of Releasing Doberman to Kill Rabbit in Front of Horrified Children in City Park”

  1. The way that rabbit populations were controlled in the UK until recently was by dropping a few bunnies off in the area that had been infected with myxamatosis. Don’t know how they do it in Seattle, but if I were a rabbit I’d prefer the dog option.

    Incidentally, if you really want to see a rabbit killed in a horrendous way by another animal, then set your cat on one.

    I kept rabbits as a kid and my Dad pulled a cat off a wild one just up the road. We put him with the others and called him Charlie. When he recovered we put him outside in a large run. Of course he burrowed out. Strangely none of the other rabbits in the run followed him.

    For several years Charlie could be seen from time to time in the field next to our house, watching Dad working in the garden in the evening.

  2. I’ve seen populations of escaped rabbit in parks near zoos in both Seattle and Vancouver. They are completely adorable and anyone who sets a dog on them is, well, a sick puppy.

    On the other hand one day all the “wild” rabbits outside the zoo in Seattle just disappeared, and no outcry was made, as I recall. Obviously some city or zoo officil felt it was time to remove the rabbbit population before it exploded. Rabbits have a talent for reproduction.

  3. The tale I heard was that Herr Doberman was an unpopular tax collector who created (don’t think that’s the best term to use, but I’m sure you get the drift) the breed as personal protection.

    The Dobermans I have known have usually been pretty much as previously described, although not the brightest breed, but capable of following commands. I’ve always been a little wary when around them though.

  4. That fiend should have the same thing done to him and see if he likes it. Jesus said whatsoever you sow you reap, and God even cares for and feeds the animals.

  5. the man has some serious problems. that having been said, what would worry me most is the children running away screaming could have set the dog onto them.
    BTW i did have a doby a few years ago. very loyal and very posessive. i could leave her in the truck with the keys in the ignition and know both would be there when i returned (she coudn’t drive)

  6. Ahem,

    that should read “hit the rabbit.” The pointy variety of arrows just generally going through the rabbit and all.

  7. Buddha,

    I also briefly considered asking if I could hunt a rabbit in the park because I had a “a very high confidence that in sending my arrow out in this situation, the arrow would go into the rabbit and totally ignore the kids.”

  8. Dobermans are not hunting dogs either. They were originally bred as police and guard dogs.

  9. I’ve been given to understand – by a Doberman owner – that they are fiercely protective of any person they deem part of their “family”. All others are suspect, the owner informed me, as she stated I should stand very still inside their doorway and let the dog check me out. Never went visiting there again.

    I don’t know about all Dobermans but this thing was as excited as any Chihuahua I’ve ever seen – and BIGGER.

    Years ago there was a story about how St. Bernards had been bred for coat color and texture and they didn’t realize they were breeding out affinity for humans until suddenly they had a lot of dogs that turned vicious. Probably an idea S.King adapted when writing “Cujo”.

  10. Let me start by saying that I don’t think it’s acceptable for this guy to have done what he did.

    That said, it sounds like everyone here has a limited understanding of dogs and hunting. Sure there are pointers/retrievers (aka “gun dogs”) who assist with shooting birds. But there’s the whole class of dogs known as “sight hounds.” (e.g. Greyhounds, Whippets, Salukis, Afghans, etc.) Their raison d’etre is to be pointed at game (in the case of Whippets, very specifically at rabbits/hares) and sent out to chase down, kill and return with the game. Lots of people around the world work with their dogs to hunt this way. They feed their families by having their dog(s) chase down cute furry little animals and then bite/shake them to death so they can be cut up, cooked and eaten.

    Odds are, this guy was a reckless douchebag who got lucky. But there are plenty of people who train/know their dogs, who would have a very high confidence that insending their dog out in this situation, the dog would go after the rabbit and totally ignore the kids.

    Another layer in this story seems to be the perception of Dobermans as a “vicious breed.” Maybe I’ve just been lucky, but of all the Dobermans I’ve known, I’d find any of them to be level-headed and trustworthy, as opposed to most twitchy, insecure, meth-head-like Chihuahuas and their ilk.

  11. He taunted . . . a three year-old.

    After turning loose a dog that is a known volatile breed.

    Around children.

    Turning loose a dog to kill a rabbit that could have just as easily been one of the traumatized children’s pet.

    What a sadistic bastard.

    I’m not sure which one needs to be put down, but I’m leaning heavily toward the owner.

  12. My state embraces the idea of strict liability for any pet or livestock – your animal causes damage, you pay, no questions asked. And they demand some serious restitution to the state for game animals killed improperly or out of season, $500 for a rabbit. The kids’ parents would have a good chance at intentional infliction of emotional distress here too.

    I’m surprised Oregon doesn’t have similar laws.

  13. Joran Van der Sloot Charged in Alabama with Extortion in the Case of Natalee Holloway

    As if Joran Van der Sloot wasn’t already in enough trouble. He was already the prime suspected individual in the disappearance and death of Natalee Holloway. Then Joran became the suspect in the stabbing death of 21 year old Stephany Flores in Peru. Van der Sloot was arrested and taken into custody yesterday near Santiago, Chile.

    http://scaredmonkeys.com/category/joran-van-der-sloot/

  14. I guess he knew this one by pointing when he shouted “Rover,Kill!” Your comment does beg the question of whether or not he would be capable of calling the dog off if it went for the kids instead of the bunny though. So the endangerment line could be questioned.
    Some form of causing distress in a public playground might be a better one for the law to pursue – more chance of a conviction I think.

  15. I would have preferred a charge of child abuse or endangerment. One wonders how the owner “knew” the dog would charge and attack on one innocent life, and which one it would be.

  16. Amended to add:- Although doing this in a park is more than a bit dim, assuming that the term “park” in this case refers to an area of public gardens/play areas rather than the more rural classification of “parkland” which is largely land as nature intended, but under public or private ownership.

  17. But a holy hand grenade would have been more humane.

    I have a couple of reservations about this although the guy does seem to be something of a “sick puppy”.

    First we are not told if the rabbit is wild or a pet.

    Second, this is what dogs in the wild do to survive – the rabbit is part of the food chain.

    Third, kids should be taught the above – animals being made of meat and all that.

    Having said all that, what exactly was this guys motivation? Was it to give his dog a free organic meal or simply to scare some young kids senseless? I guess this should be the key question in regard to this incident.

  18. I hear the rabbits in Oregon are pretty vicious – this guy should be given a medal, not arrested! He was just protecting his kids!

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