(Closed) My dog just got attacked – WWYD?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 16
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Helper bee

I wouldn’t report it to the authorities personally.  My reasoning is that I don’t feel like the dog should be punished for having an irresponsible owner.  Dogs have their own way of handling things and fighting is one of them.  It shouldn’t have happened, but it doesn’t make them dangerous per se, just hashing things out.  My friend’s border collie hates my dog for some reason and my dog is just a big dope, but the times they have met she has always tried to fight him.  Our other friend’s pit loves our dog.  Each dog is different and there may have been something that triggered the pit this time versus every other time. 

I would go talk to the neighbor.  I’d say I’m not going to call anyone, but that his dog broke the skin on my dog and that I’d really like to see proof that the dog’s shots are up-to-date.  If your state has leash laws, I’d also mention them in some way or at least ask him if he would mind restraining the dogs while they are in the front yard.  As others have mentioned, I would assume the owner did not have any suspicion this would happen or they wouldn’t have had the dogs out unleashed.  Heres to hoping they are actually responsible dog owners and already recognize they are in the wrong and plan on leashing them from now on.  I would consider reporting dogs running free unleashed if I saw them out again, when an incident hasn’t happened, so authorities can give them a warning. 

Post # 17
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2019

I am so sorry this happened, I hope your pup is ok now! Firstly, I would talk to the owners and say that if something similar happens again you will have to report it. I would avoid reporting it right away as much as possible, because honestly the other dog may be put down and he/she doesn’t deserve that, given it was the owner’s fault the dog was out and loose. Just because the dog attacked another dog once, that doesn’t mean he/she should be killed for it, but that’s my personal feelings. I also agree with PPs about your pit mix comment, unless the owner has told you that’s what the dog is, don’t assume.

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Ceremony and Reception: Historic mansion on the water

Oooh_snap:  I will agree with you also.

The issue is with the owner(s) and not the dogs.  The dogs are most likely very territorial especailly as the OP said that typically the dogs run out in the street when she passes by.  That’s a protection of home issue.  The owner is at fault for not controlling his dogs.  They ought to be on a leash for sure.  In this case, for me, however, I would not report to the authorities this time but I would talk to the owner(s) to verify their dog’s medical history and to put them on alert that if I see the dogs off leash again that I will be reporting them.  

 

Post # 19
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Helper bee

pinkshoes:  I would without a doubt report it.  I worked in a Vet as a tech for several yrs and I am and will remain anti-pit bull.  What deems a dog dangerous is if will aggressively attack another dog just as it did to your dog. Just think, if a child was walking it’s dog and someone else’s dog aggressively attacked the child’s dog- it puts the child in harms way.  

I dated a guy with a pit bull he swore was nothing but a sweet heart and it had grown up with another dog (a mutt). One day his pit bull broke out of his backyard when he had let her out to potty and it jumped several fences to get to a neighbors house and attack their dog (who was unfortunately an older dog and was chained up). His pit bull killed that dog.  I tried to get the dog to the vet and put pressure on it’s neck but it didn’t make it. My ex bf asked me what he should do about his dog because he had never seen her do anything like that, I told him without a doubt i’d have her put down.  He didn’t. I left him. Then found out a few months later that his pit bull attacked his other dog and killed her also.   

its important for you to report it because it could potentially prevent another attack. 

Post # 20
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

People in this thread do not seem to understand that dog aggression and human aggression are two entirely different animals. Just because a dog acts aggressively toward another dog absolutely does not mean they will attack a person. It does not make them any more likely than any other dog (do some research before you talk out of your asses).

you didnt see what transpired between the two dogs. I would not report it. Why don’t people realize that dogs are still animals and have animal instinct ???

Post # 21
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Buzzing bee

greenmile12:  this.

 

If your dog was just soggy on the neck it doesn’t sound like a,huge deal. I find there is a huge difference between dogs responding to whatever and dog scuffling and a dog trying to do serious damage. 

Post # 23
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Honestly, it sounds like your dog did something that the other dog did not appreciate and he was telling your dog to “back off”.

 

Post # 24
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Ceremony and Reception: Historic mansion on the water

pinkshoes:  Hmmm…then it seems as if they entire neighborhood could be at fault at some point if off leash is the norm.  Look only you know the severity of what occured. We are all speculating and giving our opinion since you asked.  I have a Rottweiler so I am very sensitive to this issue but I do realize that having a dog is a HUGE responsibility.  I take that responsibility seriously and always think other dog owners should too whether you own a poodle or a husky.  A dog is a dog and they will act like dogs.  It’s up tot he owner to control them.  If the dog is out of control no matter what you do, then the dog is menace and dangerous and needs to be put down.  

  • This reply was modified 5 years ago by  together420.
Post # 25
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Busy bee

Next time that could be a child, report it.

Post # 26
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

FutureMrsGrabs:  there is ZERO correlation between dog aggression and human aggression. Stop talking out of your ass.

Post # 28
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

pinkshoes:  it may have seemed unprovoked to you, but dogs do not react without reason. it’s a total myth that dogs just “snap”… There’s always a reason. ALWAYS. It’s just not visible to the untrained eye. 

Post # 29
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Needs to be reported. Pit or not, this dog attacked unprovoked. I would also be getting the vet bill covered. 

Post # 30
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Helper bee

As the event is still fresh in your mind write a summary of exactly what happened along with the date/time if you don’t plan on reporting it right away. Or even file a complaint about an unleashed dog so there’s a record of the incident?

Definitely talk to your neighbour. Mention that in the future you expect all their dogs to be leashed if in the front yard.

I don’t get all the people implying the dog was provoked? If nothing obvious happened, this dog must take very little to attack, which raises a lot of questions. 

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