(Closed) Update: My dog just got attacked – WWYD?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 31
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Honey Beekeeper

No matter how “normal” it is in your area for dogs to wander around off leash, I am sure it is also illegal. Dogs are unpredictable.

One dog restrained and another off leash can be even more of a recipe for disaster since the restrained dog may show more fear or alarm than if both were running free. If I really wanted to give one free pass for some reason, I would have made it clear to the owner that the dog is in violation and a danger. Second time there’s no question they’d be reported. 

Post # 32
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Newbee

I am so sorry this happened to your dog. I am an animal lover and I work in a kennel with 50+ dogs every day. I have seen every type of aggressive dog you can imagine. I absolutely don’t agree that all aggressive animals should be put down, but the onus of protecting other people from the dog is on the owner of the dog, NOT you or anyone else. According to the law, the dog is their property and if their property injures you or your property, they are liable.

<br />If the owner doesn’t take action to protect others from their dangerous animal, you have every right to report them to protect yourself, your pets, and any other neighboring people/animals. I’ve been bit and severely scarred by a dog and the owner told me it was my fault for trying to take his leash off as I put him in his boarding room (WTF?!). Unfortunately, many vicious animals do not get the special care and attention they need because of ignorant owners, and you’ve done everything you can to warn these people that their approach to dog ownership is dangerous, illegal, and needs to be fixed. If they are too stubborn to do it, you have no choice but to get outside help. Good luck.

Post # 34
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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greenmile12:  “Allowing” an unleashed dog to approach your leashed dog?  That’s got to be one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard.  If you’re walking in your neighborhood- across the street from where another dog lives– and YOU’RE following the rules by having your dog on a leash- and another dog races at your dog– you honestly think that person with the leashed dog just “allowed” that other animal to approach?

I get that animals will ahve animalisitic tendencies– but I think people who think like you are severely wrong.

Post # 36
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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MrsEME:  if you continually walk your leashed dog through an area that you know has unleashed dogs always approaching you and one who has been aggressive previously, perhaps you should change your walking route, no?

Post # 37
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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greenmile12:  I don’t believe people should have to avoid an area of thier neighborhood- because a neighboor owns an aggressive dog. If you’re keeping an animal as a domestic pet, it needs to learn how to adapt and behave in it’s environment so it’s not a danger to others- otherwise it needs to live elsewhere- like a secluded piece of property.

 What if OP’s dog was a child.  I know it isn’t- but what if?  The owner of the aggressive animal needs to keep the animal on a leash/chain/fenced yard if it can’t get along with others.

Post # 38
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Newbee

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greenmile12:  The dog’s owners are breaking the law by allowing their dog to run off their property unleashed, not to mention risking the dog’s own safety (it could get hit by a car). The dog must either be trained to stay on their property or restrained by leash or fence so it cannot leave the property. Period. There’s no reason for OP to feel unsafe in her own neighborhood because these people disregard the law and safety of others. 

Post # 39
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Sorry, but I’m kind of pissed that you didn’t report it the first time. What if this dog gets “territorial” on another dog? Like say a small one that wouldn’t survive the attack. My dog is about 18lbs and would not have survived that. You could have prevented the attack on your dog, you could be preventing the attack on another dog or a person. I really hope your dog recovers soon and I really hope something is done about this other dangerous dog. 

Post # 41
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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pinkshoes:  🙁 Yeah. Honestly I see the position you were in. Sorry for my previous comment. -_- I’m in a foul mood. I can’t believe they wouldn’t do something to better control their dog after that. They must know that after their dog attacked another dog their dog could get taken away or worse. I’m really sorry this happened to you and your dog. 

Post # 42
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Honey Beekeeper

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pinkshoes:  You may not have to have a dog on a leash on your property  but unless it is a very rural area,  I assume there is something that addresses a dog being unsupervised, unconfined to a yard,  or  allowed to go off leash while off the property. 

Post # 43
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Bumble bee

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pinkshoes:  I’m sorry to hear about your dog 🙁 Its so tough to see them hurting, poor thing. I hope that after talking with your neighbors and reporting it, they change their behavior and restrain their dog (with a leash or a fence).

Post # 44
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

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greenmile12:  how exactly do you prevent an unleashed dog from approaching your dog??? Because I’m not about to grab an aggressive dog that’s running at me. That’s stupid advice.

Post # 45
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

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MrsEME:  your reply to greenmile12

 

 

Thank you. I should not have to be responsible for someone else’s unleashed dog. EVER. I should not have to walk a new route because someone’s unleashed dog is aggressive and bolts of their property for my dog and I.

Greenmile12 I would hate to see you own a dog. sounds like you would be contributing to irresponsible dog ownership.

Post # 46
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Busy bee

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pinkshoes:  You may have already answered this, so forgive me if I’m making you repeat things. What steps did you take after your last post?

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