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London, Ontario Man Dies From Injuries Received Defending Dogs

Updated on May 20, 2017

Originally posted November 2, 2010

Monday, October 25, 2010, was a sad day in the world of people who go the extra mile to save an abused dog. Dan Palmer, 49, of London, Ontario has died of injuries he received after being beaten by a man who was later arrested on aggravated assault charges for biting a police officer.

Palmer was found in the ninth floor stairwell around 1:30 a.m. on September 8 in his apartment building across from police headquarters after police went there to investigate a report of dog abuse.

Palmer died at London Health Sciences Centre's Victoria Hospital on Monday afternoon after his family agreed to have him removed from life support.

The story of his death hasn't made the rounds in the internet world. That's sad, because there are several about the beating he took trying to protect a group of dogs who lived in his apartment building.

The story began on September 8 when the police responded to a call at the London, Ontario apartment of Christopher Martin. Upon arrival, they heard Martin yelling at three dogs, who were cowering in fear in a corner of the apartment.

Christopher Martin was arrested and charged with causing with causing unnecessary pain to an animal. At the time of the arrest, another man, Carl Boyer, charged at and bit a police office. He was charged with aggravated assault for attacking the officer.

Although the police say the beating of Dan Palmer and the arrest of the two men for dog abuse aren't related, neighbors say Palmer did intervene trying to protect the three dogs.

It is not known yet whether further charges will be filed against the one or both of the two arrested now that Palmer has died.

Neighbors stated they had witnessed a man kicking at the dogs for "not listening."

This case goes to show that those who abuse animals think nothing of abusing humans. People with anger problems toward animals need to be taken off the streets before animal violence crosses over to violence against people. Which it usually does. Those who wish to contact the Ministry of the Attorney General may do so here.

This is also a reminder for people who believe abuse is taking place should call those in authority if at all possible. The police and humane society groups of the world are finally beginning to realize how serious animal abuse has become. This is fortunate as I remember the day when a call on animal abuse was considered a "nuisance call." I know this from personal experience with the law.

Don't try to handle an animal (or human) abuser on your own. Dan's death has taught us this.


Elisa Black-Taylor is a regular contributor for

My other owner abuse hubpages link:

Dog Breeder Murdered 93 Dogs


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      Robin VanOstrand 6 years ago

      This story was so sad. I remember it clearly!! That is true that people that abuse animals all have the capacity to kill humans. Proven fact!!

      I went into this article looking for an update on the sentence? Not finding one.

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      ... 7 years ago

      this story is bullshit and the press really need to actually get the story right, i dont disagree with the whole animal abuser should face chagers but this is not the story.

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      Dione Sackman 7 years ago

      This is absolutely horrible. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Palmer family. Dan IS a hero. You should be so proud of him.

      I hope the "sorry excuse for a human being" that did this, Christopher Martin, is put to death for doing this to Dan and the dogs. Same thing for Carl Boyer if he is the one that did this as well.

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      Kathy 7 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Elisa, I hadn't heard of this, either. thank you for calling it to our attention. Your efforts do help to educate/alert/arm people against animal abuse. Thank you.


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