|Barked: Fri Apr 5, '13 10:48am PST |
|This is a sad situation all around. We were on a walk and happened to pass a house where I saw people but not the dog, and the dog ran at us growling. I got caught between the much bigger dog and Molly, and she slipped out of her collar because it was the only way to avoid being bitten. I watched in horror as the other dog chased her down the street and into an intersection, where a car came around a corner and almost hit Molly. I really thought she was going to die...my heart sank. Which would have been worse, to have her on a leash and mangled or hit by a car, I don't know. And then they got into someone's bushes and the other dog went at her. Fortunately Molly only ended up with some cuts on her feet and she'll be fine.
But when the other dog's owner caught up to them, she started beating her dog! Like full on hitting him on his side the way you'd spank a child. I was so mortified that I didn't know what to do. Yes, her dog shouldn't have done that and he has an aggression problem that needs to be dealt with but she needs to get in control of the situation, not abuse him!
So I'm trying to figure out how to deal with the owners and their dog because I don't want to avoid walking in front of their house forever but they're out a lot so something has to change. I don't want to be afraid of their dog and I really don't want the poor thing to live that way. Is this something for the SPCA to handle? Or do you think sending them the vet bill and a list of trainers communicates things enough?
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