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Saturday, July 30, 2005

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I had to tell you about this because it was very scary and upsetting. I was out for my afternoon walk at lunch today and was attacked by a dog. I was just walking by him and his owner and all of a sudden the dog (large and black with pointed ears) lunged across the sidewalk at me and grabbed on to my left calf. There was no warning growl and it was totally unprovoked. He broke the skin but did not draw blood. There is a bruise is about 5 inches long and 3 inches wide. It has red bite marks in it. The owner was very kind and apologetic but said it had happened before when bicycles had rode by. I called the police and the pound to report what happened. Strange thing is I don't want the dog to have to be put down. The man was very nice and the dog might be his best friend. I do want him to start muzzling his dog before he attacks someone else like a child. It will likely be worse next time.

15 Comments:

Blogger KT said...

OH MY GOD! I hope you're ok.
I cannot believe the irresponsibility of this man if he said 'this has happened before' and yet, he STILL didn't muzzle the damn dog? Man, he's asking for problems. Like you said, it could've been a child -- and probably will be, before he does anything about it, which is pathetic. I'm a dog lover, but that is absurd.

I hope your leg is ok.

5:05 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

I never really understood why people whold keep pets like that. I guess if the dog is nothing but sweet to him.... but yeah, a muzzle in public would be the wise idea.
I remember when I was younger, some friends of mine had a dog, nobody, not even the owners could go near it, and the couple of times that it got off its chain and out of the yard it attacked people, once it even almost killed a kid, yet they never got rid of it and it died of old age in their back yard. I just never understood why they kept it, it was too far away from the house to be used for security and too mean even for the owners to go near. My friend used to push it's food to it with a stick. Freaky

9:24 AM  
Blogger deni said...

Oh wow, that is scary, you did the right thing in reporting it. If he knows that dog is dangerous then it is his responsibility to do something about it.

And you are right, what if next time it's a child?

1:58 PM  
Blogger lamberrymer said...

i just got a serious case of deja vu! i hope it feels better soon - my leg took about a week to feel better - phewf!

7:48 PM  
Blogger Lujza said...

That's sooo scary. Hope you're leg is okay!

10:58 PM  
Blogger wanda said...

"... I don't want the dog to have to be put down. The man was very nice and the dog might be his best friend."
Would you still feel that way if it had been one of your children? And what if the dog goes for the face or neck next time?
Two attacks already? This is a dangerous animal and the owner needs to keep him away from the public.
I too love animals, but with loving and owning them comes responsibility. No pet owner should ever allow his pet to endanger any one or any thing.
I'm glad you reported the incident.

12:02 PM  
Blogger Colleen said...

I hope the dog has his shots up to date. If this has happend before then why is't the owner a little more responsible about his dog.
Although the dog hasn't done any serious ingury to anyone in the future it could.

1:53 PM  
Blogger Faith said...

Yep, I'd have a hard time advocating someone put their pet down, at the same time, pet ownership comes with responsibility...to more than just the pet. If the owner doesn't take action, you won't be the last person to get hurt.

4:58 PM  
Blogger Jezzy said...

That's scary and upsetting. But's so like you to think of the dog's owner instead of calling for it to be put down. You're so naturally kind.

11:17 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

wtf Barb, that is totally insane. I hope that you feeling okay and I too want to say that you did the right thing by calling on the owner. What I can’t figure out is if the dog has a history of biting what in the hell was he doing within reach of people walking by the sidewalk! The dog shouldn't be put down the owner should!

8:43 AM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

I'm so glad that you're okay! Goodness!

I'm glad too, that you called the police and the pound. If someone doesn't then next time it is a kid.Not that a child is more important than you are but sheesh....

It doesn't matter how nice the owner is, they have to be responsible!

10:26 AM  
Blogger Bella said...

It's happened before and this guy still has his dog out in public???? Ever heard of obedience school? That's where that dog should be and if the dog doesn't pass the class then that tells you that the dog shouldn't be out in public. You're right, Barb, next time it's going to be a child and then what?

2:11 PM  
Blogger Ms. Q said...

ooooohhhh nooooo! Barbara, I am glad you are okay. I am the queen of dog bites (6 times dog bite recipient). I hates them (dog bites not dogs)!

However! My son was viciously attacked when he was 10, by a neighbor's dog that had bitten someone once. My son was mauled and had to be hospitalized. He could have been killed. This was a sweet family dog, too, but he could never be trusted again. Dogs like that really have to be put down. They can't help being dogs and they have instincts that we can 't always control. I know you feel badly but it's for everyone's benefit.

3:49 PM  
Blogger Phyllis said...

Good for you for reporting it!
I knoww what you mean about his dog being his friend, but he needs to keep that dog away from people!

7:11 PM  
Blogger amy said...

i've been gone obviously. what happened to your pretty header?

2:06 PM  

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