And, you DON'T know that other was not hurt. Could have been something that built up or showed up that night. If you are going to own a dog (and double for an aggressive, fighting breed) it is incumbent upon you to act responsibly. And responsible, in this instance, includes letting the authorities know who you are and where they can find you if they need to contact you. It is not about protecting you and your dog's reputation, it is about accepting the consequences for your choices.
I can't think of a reason (that has any good in it) that you wouldn't call.
DH - and that's just my opinion
I just want to reinforce that some insurance companies will refuse to insure certain dog breeds and will sometimes drop you if there has been an incident. Happened to a neighbor.
Cupid, I have to say that the consensus of opinions here is that you need to take responsibility for what your dog did. You need to inform the authorities and deal with it. Some are saying it in a very gentle manner, some more forcefully, but ultimately, the adult, responsible thing to do is admit it to the right people.
Stumbled across these two interesting posters:
Can you guess the mix of breeds?
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And for anyone interested a Humane Society leaflet on the recent Maryland ruling singling out pit bulls as dangerous. Pit Bulls as inherently dangerous
“I am happy that it’s over. Happy that I did well.” Yu Na Kim
Siegfried & Roy had a wildly popular tiger show for many, many years, with tigers they'd trained from a young age - and they were pros. But that didn't stop one of the tigers from suddenly turning on Roy during their performance and nearly killing him. From the People article: "Although Siegfried and Roy "are known for the care they give to their animals," says John Seidensticker, a tiger specialist with the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, "tigers are specialized predators of large mammals. No matter how well you know your animal, there are circumstances that can set this off.""
When you have a dog that has the capacity to do tremendous harm -- and even cause mortal injuries -- and it has already demonstrated that it can suddenly do so -- why are you keeping it? What if it gets out one day and takes down a neighbor's child?
Imo, you've been given an important warning by this incident. If you were the perfect dog owner, and under no circumstances could you dog ever get out of your house/yard without being muzzled and leashed, that would be one thing. But you cannot guarantee that. Is it fair to your neighbors to keep a dog like this that has already shown significant aggression?
I get that people love their dogs. I really do. But love shouldn't be blind. You're asking the rest of society to accept the risk that your dog poses, and I don't think that's fair. Sure, you never planned for the dog to accidentally get out of the house when a visitor opened the front door...but there he goes.
And if you are arrested and charged because he hurts someone or someone's dog down the line -- I'd vote to convict if I were on the jury, and hope that the judge sentenced you to some hard time. It sounds harsh, and it is...but why should your desire to keep an aggressive and unstable dog trump everyone else's safety?
Cupid's dog has never demonstrated aggression toward humans. Aggression towards other dogs does not predict aggression toward humans. Its unreasonable to judge that because her dog attached another dog it may destroy a human being. That is quite a hysterical claim that doesn't help with the situation at all.
Meanwhile, "pit bulls are dangerous," but is Cupid's dog a pit bull? She thinks its a pit bull mix but look at my post, it may not even have any pit bull in it. How dangerous is this dog toward other dogs? We have one incident to go by. She'll likely receive a warning and she needs to act accordingly but escalating this as though she were housing a monster is not reasonable.
“I am happy that it’s over. Happy that I did well.” Yu Na Kim
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Lady 3: The google is a terrible thing, I mean I don't want anything on there! (Overheard by millyskate on a London train.)
Yes, you are still responsible for your dog. If your dog injures another you should still exchange phone numbers and offer to pay the vet bill. And you still may end up having to put your pet to sleep if another pet has been killed or seriously injured.
But altercations of lesser severity are bound to happen when you leave your dog off-leash around other dogs. If you want to avoid it happening, you are best off not going to off-leash park.
Dogs gets into altercations, folks, just like people do. Yes, you absolutely need to take care if your dog exhibits aggression. But the mere incidence of an altercation does not make a dog a monster as BR said.
Even though Luna has had several I do not think the incidents have warranted removing her completely from contact with other dogs. The incidences only happen in one place or when she is walking on leash, so I have to really watch her in those situations. At the off-leash park she is just fine.
I agree that people should not be allowed to have pets to teach responsibility or just because they are "cute, cuddly" etc. My son and dil have gizmo (a large dog, I don't have any idea what type of mutt he is). 'Mo was an abused puppy and was hours away from being put down before my son's college roommate adopted him. However, within a couple of months, it was obvious that C was not going to care for him and my son fell in love with 'mo. Took on 'mo as his dog. We don't know what kind of abuse he experienced but he was terrified of steps or heights, so we assume that he was kicked or thrown down steps probably repeatedly.
I am terrified of dogs for a number of reasons, I know that 'mo recognizes my fear, but he actually tries to calm me down rather than become aggressive. When I had some surgery and was recovering, he would just put his head on my legs - giving me sympathy and love.
Dog ownership has responsibilities. Cupid, you are trying to do what you think is right - but I think you should seriously consider letting the authorities know that it was your dog.
I don't think people should get a dog "for" a child, but I can't imagine my childhood without the dogs that were always there. Or my child's. Your dog is always your friend and the one to lick your face when you're sad. My dad grew up with dogs and so did we. My son and the Dobie were like litter mates. I can't imagine my life without a dog as part of it.
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I sympathize with your plight, but if my dog was involved in an incident like this, I would not feel right unless I followed up with the other dog's owner about the dog's condition.
Just because you didn't "see" any injuries at the time, does not necessarily mean the dog is fine. You have only heard general information about the dog's condition from a third party who you called anonymously. If you cannot bring yourself to do it, have a family member or friend who can represent you check in with an apology to the owner or at least contact a responsible party from the dogpark group to mediate between you.