Post # 31
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I wouldn’t report it straight away. It doesn’t sound like it was that serious, and the dog could be put down because of it. You’ll probably find that after this incident the owner is more vigilant with this dog. If not, by all means have a chat with him about it. If he doesn’t take appropriate precautions, then consider reporting.
Post # 32
pinkshoes: Sorry about what happened. I know that it’s scary to see, but as many others have already said it’s just how some dogs hash it out. There are numerous reasons why the dog may have been more on edge that day. It doesn’t make him a “bad” dog. A friend of mine has a doberman, Rocky, who is the sweetest dog, loves everyone, and wuld never harm a human but he does have a bit of a dominate personality is very protective over his family. He is also highly trained and listens all the time even off leash. Even when they have him off leash they keep his shock collar on just to be safe in case something happens. My friend just had a baby and one day they were out in the front yard when another dog was walking by with its owners (also off leash) and either barked or came to close and the baby and Rocky attacked it, drawing blood and the other dog had to get stitches. The shock collar battery had apparently died and my friend was unaware until it was too late.
Anyway pitbulls were bred for their extremely tough jaws and grip and when they latch on it’s nearly impossible to pry them off. That’s why they were used for dog fighting. If that dog had wanted to hurt or kill your dog it would have. I think he was just “warning” your dog. That being said, I wouldn’t report the dog to the police because pits have a bad rep already and theres a chance animal control would take the dog or put it to sleep over a minor offense. I WOULD talk to the owner making sure his dogs were up to date on shots, and tell them he needs to keep his dogs fenced in and if you see them out again you’ll have to report it. As everyone else has said it is the owners fault. They need to be responsible pet owners for the safety of others as well as their own pets.
Hope your pup is feeling better!
Post # 33
MrsWFit: As a vet tech you should know there is a HUGE difference between dog aggression and aggression with people or other animals. I worked in an animal shelter for a while and we focused on temperment testing to make sure each animal went to the proper home. Pits are KNOWN to be very dog aggressive. They can be great with dogs they live with but unknown dogs they see as a threat. There are MANY types of aggression-dog aggression, food aggression, aggression towards different sexes of people, etc. I knew many dogs that HATED other dogs, but wouldn’t harm a person and those dogs were placed happily in a home without any other pets and lived a perfectly happy, non aggressive life. A dog shouldn’t be put down unless it’s a threat to PEOPLE.
Post # 34
No question I would report it. What if next time it’s a kid?! The owner is being incredibly irresponsible.
Post # 35
pits are usually not to blame, my bf has a dog that needs to be euthanized because its attacked half his family and tried to attack me last week and that was a chow/lab mix! Those are definately not trustworthy dogs in my opinion. Most pits ive met were in love with the kittens they were around, and some of the most kind dogs ive been around.
you should report it, then again ive tried to report this specific dog and the authorities did nothing about it….im sure they may do something when it attacks a child unfortunately.
Post # 36
I wouldn’t report the dog attack, I would report the dogs being off-leash and running around. My dog got attacked the same day yours did. What kind of dog did it? A golden retriever. My dogs were playing on a soccer field near my house and have been through six training classes a piece just in obedience to ensure that I can call them back 100% of the time. I was throwing with a chuck-it and my lab was running away from me to catch the ball I threw when I saw a golden run after him with the dog’s owner running after him and yelling. Great. The Golden ran into my dog which knocked him down and then started holding him down by the throat while my dog was yelping.
My dog has been attacked by golden retrievers twice now, and by pitbulls zero times. The dog that attacked mine also didn’t break the skin and my dog while shaken up, was fine. I’m sure that the other dog would never attack a person but I reported the fact that the guy was letting his dog wander around off leash in a city that has leash laws. Like a previous bee mentioned, there’s a difference between a soggy neck which is a disagreement and an all out dog attack that has puncture wounds.
Also, it should be noted that veterinarians and vet techs are experts in animal medicine. This does not make them experts or even well versed in animal behavior. As another bee mentioned there is a huge difference between dog reactivity (or aggression) and aggression that would lead to a dog-human bite. Without the dog going to a certified behaviorist, it is unclear what kind of triggers this dog has and judging by the responsibility of the owner is not going to happen so it’s unhelpful making sweeping generalizations.
Off-leash dogs in non-controlled situations are one of my biggest pet-peeves. Always ask if a dog is okay with other dogs before you let your dog join in. Never just assume that all dogs are good with all other dogs.
Post # 37
In our community it takes a court order by a judge for an owned animal to be euthanized for aggression. And it usually takes three reported bite incidents (dog on human) for that to happen. I have worked in an animal shelter for six years and we only euthanize for extreme aggression (dog on dog or dog on human). I don’t know of any animal control departments or shelters who can seize and euthanize a dog over an incident like this. So for that reason I would report it for nothing else than to have someone come out and talk to the owner about having proper control over his dogs.
Post # 38
I’d say report the attack although I don’t know if anything will come of it. I don’t think you can report the dogs being off leash as you yourself do the same thing.
FWIW, I really disagree with the whole ‘everyone does it’ attitude toward off leash dogs. Your dog wouldn’t have been attacked if it was the norm in your neighborhood to have the dogs on leashes or fenced in the yard. My dog is terrified of dogs due to the number of off leash dogs that have come barreling into him growling and barking on walks. It’s ridiculous. And we live in the city so this is people who think it’s their right to let their dogs be off leash on the 32″ of sidewalk in front of their houses. I had one dog come running across the street to my dog and I physically had to stand between the two dogs to prevent a fight. When I told the owner it should be on a leash she yelled at me that it’s her street and she can let her dog be off leash if she wants and her dog doesn’t growl at other dogs. Ok, my dog growled because he was scared because your dog came out of nowhere and was barking in his face. Let’s just ignore the fact that people speed down this street so it’s up to you if you want to let your dog get hit by a car. Ugh. Sorry, the whole off-leash thing is a huge pet peeve of mine.
Post # 39
Similar incident happened to us. My ex took my dog out for a morning run (on leash) and passed a woman with two pit bulls. The woman wasn’t holding her dogs’ leashes tight and one of the pit bulls got loose and out of nowhere violently attacked my dog. The pit bull gave my dog two broken ribs and a deflated lung as well as multiple deep wounds around the neck. My ex had to pry my dog out of the pit bull’s mouth and ended up needing stitches on his hand. My dog almost died but luckily the owner of the pit bull rushed my ex and my dog to the animal hospital immediately and paid for everything (around $2k total) and they were able to save my dog’s life. It’s been 4 years but I still get slightly nervous when I’m out for a walk with my dog and we pass a pit bull.
Since the pit bull’s owner had been so kind, I gave her a heads up in advance that I was going to report her dog to animal control. In the city I was living at the time there was a 3-strike policy, so the dog was not harmed but she was given a strike on file. I absolutely believe you should report any attack to animal control in case it happens again or has happened before.
As far as the pit bull debate, I’m very torn. Prior to my dog’s attack I 100% believed it was not the breed but the owners that determined a pit bull’s behavior. However, the pit bull that attacked my dog had a wonderful owner that had clearly spent time and money training and caring for her dogs. She claimed her dog had never shown any aggression before, and she was quite upset by the attack too. She immediately sent the dog off to some dog agression specialist for a recommendation of how best to handle the training at home. She was a committed pet owner, but even she ultimately couldn’t keep her pit bull from attacking my 12lb tiny guy.
Post # 40
You people do realize that “pitbull” is not even a breed right????