While dogs are not the scourge of the earth, there certainly is something to be said for dogs not being allowed in crowded cities like New York. At least out at a bar. If one of the two owners had left their dogs home recently, both would likely still be alive and one wouldn’t be awaiting a murder trial.
According to reports from the New York Times (1), the incident began with a dispute “over two dogs, a miniature pinscher named Rocco and a Shih Tzu, Bugsy, one tied too closely to the other outside a bar in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.”
The location was Branded Saloon on Vanderbilt and the beginnings were hum-drum enough. Apparently Rocco and Bugsy had leashes which were too closely tangled. Rocco’s owner is Chai Eun Hillmann and Bugsy’s owner is Daniel Pagan. When Hillmann and Pagan’s wife attempted to free the tangled dogs, they both went down into crowded spaces at the same time.
Hillmann, a trained martial artist and aspiring actor, “put his hand on Mrs. Pagan’s arm, indicating he could handle it,” said Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne. This was enough to send Mr. Pagan into a rage and he stabbed Hillmann.
All because Hillmann tried to be a gentleman to his wife. All because these two dog owners brought their dogs out of the house with them.