Reader's view: Unleashed dogs can hurt others and their owners
I am "a neighbor" who had to make a decision about reporting the sort of situation described in the Sept. 5 letter, "City's dangerous-dog policy out of control."...
I am "a neighbor" who had to make a decision about reporting the sort of situation described in the Sept. 5 letter, "City's dangerous-dog policy out of control."
I own a small terrier that is always tied in our yard and walked on a leash. My neighbor owned two beautiful dogs of a herding breed that she would take to her vehicle unleashed. One of her dogs had taken a dislike to my terrier and came into our yard and attacked our dog. Her other dog followed, resulting in two dogs against one.
Then it happened again. The dogs snuck around my neighbor when her arms were full. The dogs came running. I never got between my dog and the one fighting. I was bitten by the other dog, as the dogs were working together. My dog was bitten mostly on the head and in the neck area. I was bitten twice and knocked down. There were neighborhood children around when this dog attack occurred. What if one of children had gotten too close? I was scared.
After a sleepless weekend, I made the decision to report the incident. With the support of my neighbors, I called Animal Control. I was asked to come in and make a statement. My wounds were examined. This day was upsetting to me. I knew how much my neighbor's animals meant to her -- just as much as my dog means to me. The staff at Animal Control was competent, knowledgeable, professional and understanding of the situation and said they would review it.
My neighbor's dogs were put down. I don't think a day has gone by that I haven't thought about what happened, my neighbor's loss and also how much worse it could have been for all of us.
Carol A. Bubb