|Barked: Fri Oct 5, '12 8:13pm PST |
|While there is technically a "right" way to break up a dog fight, unfortunately, when all heck breaks loose you do whatever you have to do. Ideally you'd want to have two people, one to get a hold of each dog, but that's not always possible. I broke up the pit/Mastiff fight by grabbing the pit and hauling him off after he let go briefly and then dragging him into a kennel--not an easy thing to do, since he was still raring to go and we were in the middle of a yard full of other riled-up dogs. One of which was a young male Rottweiler who tried to be a tough guy by jumping the pit while I was hauling him away. At that point I was like "oh HELL no", and I somehow managed to shove him away with my foot before he could start anything.
The Mastiff ended up with a hole through one ear, but the pit was a mess--his whole lower jaw was lacerated wide open, and the skin was just hanging off. Ugh. Not one of my fondest memories. And he was the aggressor, too. I was lucky I myself didn't get bitten, although I certainly have breaking up other fights.
There was another incident where a different pit mix grabbed a Beagle by the throat and started shaking her. She would NOT let go, and I ended up having to hit her over the head twice as hard as I could with a solid plastic rod. The Beagle's neck was completely shredded, and the vet was amazed--apparently she had nicks on both her jugular vein and her spinal vertebrae. She made a full recovery, though!
Hmmm, I feel like this thread has turned into a collection of war stories...
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