My dog was attacked by a Pit Bull last Monday afternoon. The Pit Bull ran across two yards and under some brush to attack my dog, Sassy. For the record Sassy is a small-breed Cairn-terrier mix, needless to say she didn’t stand a chance. Amazingly enough, however, the entire event took place in front of a police officer who helped me to separate the two animals.
Sassy had two fang marks in her back and was bleeding profusely. The owner of the Pit Bull came running around the corner gathering his dog who was still trying to bite my dog, despite the fact I was holding her. The officer told me to contact the Humane Society and that they would probably take the dog and euthanize it. Now I literally hold the life of someone else’s dog in my hands.
I looked at Sassy, my baby girl. I’ve had her since she was a pup and she was in pain, whimpering and visibly shaken. I took her to the veterinarian and had her stitched up and given pain meds. The bill was about $200, a bill I don’t think I’m totally responsible for. So, I decided to go talk to the owner of the Pit Bull. The owner, a younger man named Stan, was instantly apologetic for his dog’s actions. According to his story the dog was a rescue dog from a shelter and he had been locked up in a cage for most of his life.
Stan was trying to train the Pit Bull so that he could eventually be taken by another family. I admired his goal but mentioned my dog’s medical bill. Of course he claimed he didn’t have any money, though I tend to believe him since he had an eviction notice on his door for falling behind on his rent.
I saw the Pit Bull without Sassy present and she seemed really docile and friendly. The same Pit Bull that hours ago had tried to kill my dog was puppy-like in her playfulness. I felt sorry for the Pit Bull, it really wasn’t the dog’s fault that she had been locked up so long, and that she was aggressive toward other females. The Pit Bull looked me in the eyes as if apologizing for attacking my Sassy; I felt like she was asking for another chance. So here I am. Stuck between a rock and a proverbial hard place. The owner was completely at fault for not keeping the dog on a leash, but unfortunately we can’t put him down, or even fine him for pet neglect. Honestly, who doesn’t keep a Pit Bull on a short, strong leash? Stan claims because of the dog’s kennel upbringing she won’t urinate with a leash on. So the owner knowingly has a young Pit Bull who attacks other dogs without a leash moving around an open yard?
Like bad parents, there are bad pet owners and some people should have their children and their pets taken away, especially when they are so careless and negligent. So now I’m stuck knowing my only option to protect my dog from being attacked again is to have the pound take the Pit Bull away and probably put to death. Sometimes life really sucks.