|Barked: Thu Dec 8, '11 2:33am PST |
|Without reading through the entire thread due to being tired and a bit out of it, just wanted to comment with something.
Of course you will always hear I didn't do anything he just attacked - and how often is this statement true?
In my case, it was completely true. When I was attacked by dogs, yes, I said the attack was unprovoked. And no, I wasn't lying. I didn't taunt, I didn't walk into or through their yard, I wasn't anywhere near their yard, didn't try to pet them, didn't even make eye contact with them, didn't even run or walk fast past them. But they attacked me regardless. I did everything by the textbook - as I had always read to do if you encountered dogs that seemed to be threatening. And still, yes, I was attacked. It wasn't the first time the dogs had bit someone, I was just the first that was unable to escape right away, so the first that got bit more than once. The dogs had bit a teenager girl earlier that day, chased an older woman, and bit the pants leg of a teenage boy a week or so prior. Their track record definitely wasn't clean and there was obviously something very wrong with the dogs. Do I love dogs? Of course I do. I wouldn't be here, on a dog social networking site, if I didn't. Do I think those dogs should have been euthanized? Yes. The argument that one cannot decide who dies and who doesn't becomes invalid when you take into account that these dogs very well could have taken lives themselves. They were a danger to the neighborhood and obviously didn't differentiate between age. I can't imagine if those teenagers had been bitten as many times as I had been. Or if it had been a kid. Of course, the owners are to blame, too. The dogs shouldn't have been running loose. But even if the dogs had been confiscated, what kind of future would they really have had? I regret the way that whole situation was handled to this day. Should say, not because of how I handled it. Even afterwards, I did everything textbook. Heck, I was more level-headed than my mother - who started to panic when I walked through the door and said "I was attacked by dogs". Told her I was going to the hospital, told her to call animal control, went to the hospital, got all cleaned up and my first rabies shot, dealt with animal control that night. But I regret the way animal control handled it. My towns animal control isn't the most reliable. They said they'd catch the dogs. Their way of doing so? Leaving out poison. Ended up poisoning the wrong dog. Still kills me to this day. A couple weeks later, the dogs and their owners disappeared. Probably moved, I assume. As much as I love dogs, in this case, yes the dogs should have been put down. Like I said, what if it were someone younger than myself?
Now, if we're talking first strike dogs. Dogs that have only bitten once and were probably provoked, I cannot imagine any pros in putting them down without evaluating them. A provoked attack is called provoked for a reason and in many cases, no, the dog is not at fault. It's all situational. Though, as wrong as it may sound to say it, you can't put the life of a dangerous dog over the safety of a neighborhood/community.
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