|Barked: Fri Dec 3, '10 12:58pm PST |
|So, I'm not normally one to rant about anything, but I want to know if anyone has experienced anything similar.
About a month ago a man (probably mid 60's) showed up to the dog park with his grown male German Shepherd. It seemed fine at first, but eventually got into a fight with a baby pitbull of about 7 months and bit it on its head so hard it started bleeding. The owners told him to leave and he did.
A week ago Tina and I were at the park and the same man showed up. Not soon afterward the dog made a bee-line for Tina and viciously attacked her. It didn't go far but Tina did yelp a few times. After accusing Tina of "provoking his dog", he left. I didn't do anything about it because I figured it may only be the second time and he probably wouldn't come back.
Boy, was I wrong.
Today we were at the dog park and the same man showed up. The dog Bolted across the park, tackled Tina and started biting her, growling, barking, the whole nine yards. Tina was yelping like I have never heard her before. I sprinted towards them and used all my force to get the dog off of her (mind you he probably weighs more than I do), and Tina promptly got up and ran to the middle of the park, away from the dog. When she sat down she was holding up her front right paw and whimpering. I ran after her and picked her up to get her away from trouble. I know that's bad because the dog could have bitten me, but I don't care much. If the dog wants to come after me he can do his worst because I can protect myself, but if he tried to hurt my k9 baby he'd have another thing coming.
As soon as I was sure Tina was safe, I started yelling. Now normally I don't confront adults (especially strangers) because I'm a 17 year old girl and I don't consider myself that threatening. But boy, did I lose it. I can't even remember half the things I yelled, but I know at one point I said "She's hurt!" "If you don't get out of here and never come back I'm calling the police. This is the second time he's attacked her!" and "Why do you keep coming back if all he does is attack other dogs?! Get him out of here!"
This went on the entire time he was WALKING after his dog and taking him out of the park. (There was one other woman who must of thought I was crazy. ) After he left I checked Tina for blood and, finding none, put her back down. After a few seconds she ran off to get a tennis ball, back to her old self. We stayed for about 10 more minutes and then went home, at which point I promptly put the local non-emergency police number in my cell phone for next time.
Why do people keep bringing mean dogs back to the park? He could have killed her! It angers me beyond belief. I hope he won't come back, but I know he will. I'm just going to have to watch the gate at the park from now on.
Has anyone experienced anything like this? What did you do?
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