This afternoon I was sitting on my couch watching television when I hear the yelps of a dog. I looked outside and see this tiny dog being attacked by a much larger dog. The tiny dog was some kind of poodle mix and the bigger one was a Boxer or something similar. I run to the front door and am about to go grab a broom and I see a woman running and jumping on the dogs. Her dog was the big one and she was literally on the ground fighting with all of her strength to get the dog to let go of its bite on the poodle. The poodle finally gets loose and runs home only to have the dog chase it down again in the garage with the owners right there watching everything happen! They finally get the dogs a part and the poodle runs inside, bleeding but hopefully with nothing life threatening.
My question is, who is responsible? The boxer was on a leash but somehow broke free. The girl says she doesn't know how it happened, she was so incredibly upset and felt very guilty and I do not think she was lying. Plus, she had the leash in her hand so unless she likes to just carry the leash around for fun, I tend to believe that he was leashed at some point. How he broke free is anyone's guess. The issue here is the poodle. This dog runs the neighborhood all the time and is NEVER on a leash. I have had to stop my car in the middle of the street many times to wait for it to move. Can one person be held responsible for her dog attacking another when neither was on a leash? If anything, she can prove from witness accounts that she did have the dog on a leash but it got off somehow.
I just feel bad for both involved, for the poor tiny puppy who was nearly killed (I hope the dog is OK, I haven't seen them since) and for the girl who was clearly full of guilt at what her dog did. She said she was walking her dog, this poodle came around the corner and barked at her and then her dog took off. I guess he was defending his Master so I have a hard time even blaming the Boxer. Just curious, I wouldn't be surprised if we get a knock at our door in the coming days from one or both of the parties involved since we were witnesses.