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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-08-2006, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
 
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Tucker was attacked at the dog park!

Two disclaimers before I continue:

1. I am a firm believer that pitbulls are not bad by nature, but irresponsible humans have given them a bad name.
2. Tucker is a pit mix, so I obviously have nothing against the breed.

That said, I do not blame the dog at all. I am furious with the owner.

It was after 7 and getting pretty dark, so we rounded up the dogs, put their leashes on them and headed toward the gate, on the opposite side of the dog park. There were a total of 5 dogs left. Ein, Tucker and Colleen (with me and Lucas), a 6-ish month old black lab with his mom and dad, and a pit bull with it's owner, who was standing near the get clear on the other side of the park, not paying any attention to her dog. That's it. Everyone else had already gone.

Earlier, we had noticed that when Tucker was trying to play with the pit, it was playing very rough and kept throwing Tucker (who is VERY submissive) over onto his back. The owner never corrected her dog or told it to play nice.

So our dogs were all on leash and the pit was still off leash. Out of no where, the pit (who didn't look quite big enough to be full grown yet) ran up and attacked Tucker, who was doing his best to try and get out of his collar so that he could run away. Tucker didn't fight back, didn't try and defend himself while the pit growled at him, snapped at him, and was trying to bite his neck. I was fussing at Tucker not to get out of his collar (though he managed to get free anyways) because I was afraid that if he got out and ran off, the pit would follow and there would be no way that I could catch up with the two of them before the pit caused serious damage. The pit's owner stood on the other side of the park and WATCHED while Lucas and I tried to break up the fight. After we stopped the fight (fortunatley without injury) and the pit started to run off, she called his name (only once) and put his leash on him and left immediately. Never corrected the dog or fussed at him for being aggressive and attacking our dog. Never tried to help break up the fight. Never came over to see if we and Tucker were okay. I was SOOOO furious! Fortunately, I did a pretty good job of keeping the pit from being able to grab hold of Tucker and he has no wounds. He is very shaken up, but physically fine.

If we ever see them again, I'm going to remind her of what happened and tell her to keep her dog away from us. If the pit does attack any of our dogs again, we will call the police and if she leaves before we get there, I'll make **** sure to get her license plate number.

Again, this dog was just a puppy, so I don't blame the dog for being bad. I blame the owner for not teacher her dog that this is not appropriate behavior. I feel so lucky that Tucker is uninjured. Please everyone when you go to the dog park, be careful and make sure to keep an eye on your babies. You never know when something bad may happen. I certainly never expected this and totally panicked.
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I am glad Tucker is ok...hard to believe the person never even appologized, I am just so sorry you all had to go through that

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I HATE people like that!!! I am so glad that Tucker is ok!

It is people like that that give pits such a bad name. I would've slapped the *&%$ outta that lady if it wasn't illegal. Ugh!

Again, I'm glad Tucker is ok. Sorry he had to go through that.


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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-08-2006, 10:42 PM
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I'm a firm believer in its not the dog, its the owner. I HATE owners that don't watch their dogs. Like people who let their dogs roam free in neighborhoods, and then the dogs attack walkers or children playing. Its not the dog's fault - its the owner.
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That's so sad. My aunt was walking her dog one day (not a small dog by any means, a HUGE greyhound) and it was attacked by another dog that someone was walking. The owner did nothing to try to get the dog off of him. My aunt said she kind of felt bad in the end but she ended up kicking the dog to get him off. He basically mulled the greyhound, ripped off it's testicles, and did some other damage. My aunt walked away bruised and bloody and paid A LOT of money for vet care for her beloved greyhound. The dog survived, thank god, but I'm sure it made her so furious because the owner didn't do anything to try to stop it, he just watched while my aunt and her dog got mulled. Stuff like that is completely uncalled for. I do think there should be leash laws, even in dog parks.

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post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-09-2006, 01:39 AM Thread Starter
 
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Forest Park Dog Park Rules and Regulations

20. Aggressive dogs are not permitted. If aggression occurs, the dog must leave the park.

So does that mean that if this dog is there again and is acting this way again, I can tell the owner that according to the park's rules, her dog is not allowed to be there? Not sure if *I* have the power to ask her to leave with her dog or if all I can do is threaten to call the police and have them ask her to leave?
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I guess that's the only thing you can do. I'm not sure in that kind of situation. The sad thing is, how do you know the dog is aggressie until it does anything, and by the time you call the cops it could be too late?

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That's one reason I'm glad my dog is (going to be) huge. Less likely to get approached by idiots.

If I saw the person again I'd tell them to leave and if they didn't, I'd call the cops.
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post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-09-2006, 02:01 AM Thread Starter
 
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True, I know. I guess I hope to scare them into leaving, and pray it works. "Brec rules clearly state that aggressive dogs aren't allowed in the park. Your dog attacked mine last Sunday, and now he is acting aggressively again. Do I need to call the police to escort your dog out of the park and then file a vicious and dangerous dog complaint with animal control, or will you leave on your own and stay away until after you've trained your dog to be nice."

Unfortunately, there are no brec workers that watch over the park, so there really isn't anyone onsite to enforce the rules. (BREC is basically the entire park system, and they also run the zoo. It stands for Baton Rouge... something I can't remember)
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awww I'm sooo sorry that Tucker had to experience that. That has happened with our Bekha at least twice.
Once we were at the park and this male black labrador started being agressive to Abby, Bekha's mother. They were all off leads, we know Abby is ok with other dogs and since the owner didn't seemed worried about her dog being off the lead around our dogs we figured he must be a friendly dog too. Bekha went over to protect her mother and they got into a fight. SHE got wounded and the black lab did not. The owner didn't even apologise for her dog attacking our two girls.

Another time this cairn terrier was off the lead and we let ours off too. It chased and chased our dog right round the park. It wasn't trying to play, it was trying to attack. Our dog is a dalmatian but small dogs can be far, far more nasty than big dogs. She was terrified poor thing and the owners never did anything (it happened more than once). Thankfully it never caught up with her.

Another time these three big dogs were sitting in their driveway (no owners in sight) we were across the road from them (our dogs has leads on) and the dogs came running across the road and started barking and trying to fight with ours. (my nan's Lhasa apso puppy and my uncle's 14 year old red setter were also with us). Being the nice dogs that ours are, they never defend themselves. Fortunately we managed to scare them off.
Oh and also Bekha has been taunted by Jack russells LOL but we managed to scare them off.

And yet people say dalmatians are aggressive!!

Our poor girl has been through a lot, bless her. No wonder we have to be careful that she's going to be aggressive to another dog - poor girl wants to protect herself!

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Oh no! Thank goodness Tucker is okay!

I haven't been to the BREC dog park but had been contemplating bringing Seamus there after he comes home in early December. Knowing how some Louisiana dog owners can be, though, I've always been slightly wary, you know?

Hey! When Seamus comes home, we might have to meet up there one day!

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post #12 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-09-2006, 12:32 PM
 
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So very sorry to hear of your experience. Please give Tucker a big hug from Elvis Lee.

Personally, If I ever saw that dog owner again, I would immediately call the local Animal Control officer or police. I totally agree it is Not the dogs fault, it is the owner's fault & she needs to be held responsible. If she can not properly train and control her pet from others, she should not be allowed to own that pet. Harsh, yes, but some people are just not responsible enough to be pet owners.
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I am so glad that Tucker is all right. Why are people so stupid? I would be furious with the owner as well for not correcting her dog. No wonder pitts have a bad rep, it's owners like that who cause everyone to fear pitts.

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That is terrible. Unfortunately Frankie has become aggressive towards other dogs dispite my efforts to not let it happen. I swear it's b/c at the critical age between 1 and 2 I was not able to socialize him. He had to have hip surgery. Anyway that is beside the point. I make sure that Frank does not approach other dogs. I warn owners who are letting their dogs approach Frank that he is not friendly with dogs. And I keep him out of the dog park! He is mostly leash aggressive but I would not let him out to play with another dog unless I was sure that the other dog was extremely submissive. It breaks my heart that he cannot play nicely but I would never want him to hurt anyone elses baby!

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I'm so glad Tucker is ok!
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