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    Puppyluck
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    On Friday night I was walking a Shepherd mix dog between Seward Park Ave. and Rainier Ave. and a White Female Pit Bull charged from her house and attacked my dog. My dog is very mild tempered and did his best to defend himself. The owners (who had adopted the dog one month ago) were useless in helping to contain their dog. They were afraid of their own dog and would not do anything but scream at it. This of course did nothing to stop it. I repeatedly kicked the dog which also did nothing. There were moments when they would stop but as soon as my dog would turn to run away this just started the attack again. This went on for at least 3 minutes until I screamed at the owner to get a leash, which they finally did. Then in another moment of stillness I screamed put it on NOW, which they did and the fight was over. They were both white dogs so the blood was very obvious. Shockingly, my dog was not badly hurt and the thing that really saved him was his size and his thick coat.

    I was so angry and could not believe the ignorance of the Pit Bull owners.

    I reported the attack to Animal Control and the owners were questioned. Animal Control offered to take the dog into custody but the owners refused as they said they wanted to breed her.

    Here is were the story gets even worse…..

    the very next day, that same Pit Bull attacked a One Year Old CHILD that lived in that same house. Yes, the owners own child was attacked and badly injured. The child is in ICU now and the dog was finally taken. That is the end of this very sad story but what I need to know is what can I do to defend my dog and myself if this kind of thing happens again ?????

    I felt completely helpless during the ordeal.

    #692181

    dhg
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    Mace?

    #692182

    Puppyluck
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    I’ve heard with Pit Bulls, Mace can just make them more vicious. Do you have experience with this that you can share ?

    #692183

    I am sorry. There seems to be alot of bad owners going around.

    I am starting to lose faith in humanity.

    #692184

    Puppyluck
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    I really would like some dog fight advice, Animal Control could not help me and google info is very limited. It makes me want to get a big knife but then that would be considered a concealed weapon, right ?

    #692185

    Carson
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    Pepper Spray works great, but you need the Industrial Strength stuff. Its called Bear Spray. They sell it at REI, its not cheap, but its cheaper than an trip to the vet, $30. Still not sure? Ask your postal carrier, he has some on his waist.

    #692186

    Puppyluck
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    Carson have you personally used it in a dog fight?

    Did it just stop them or make them run away.

    #692187

    Carson
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    I have never personally used it, but, I have seen it used on a bear. It works. I also know its what most postal carriers have on them. It actually will stun a small black bear who weighs much more than a large pit bull. You need the bear spray, NOT the human spray.

    #692188

    Puppyluck
    Participant

    OK, thank you, Carson !!

    #692189

    Puppyluck
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    So Carson, from what I read it’s more of a FOG than a liquid type spray, is that right ?

    #692190

    Lena
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    Although I have not used one myself, I have had clients use air horns before with good success to prevent and stop dog attacks.

    #692191

    Carson
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    It shoots like 25 feet, but you don’t need to actually “hit” the target for it to be effective. Its not a fog, like a bug spray, but close (think hand granade) is all you need.

    #692192

    Puppyluck
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    Good to know, thanks again.

    #692193

    BBGuest
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    I read about stun guns that make a really loud noise at http://www.beststungun.com/dog-control but don’t actually know anyone that has one. It is a serious problem, I am so sorry it happened to you.

    #692194

    BBGuest
    Member

    Here is another possibility DAZER II Ultrasonic Aggressive Dog Deterrent

    #692195

    DBurns
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    If at all possible – if a dog like a pit has a lock grip on something it can be effective to spray the dog with water, aiming for their mouth so that they have to release in order to breathe.

    #692196

    Puppyluck
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    The problem with this fight is that when there were pauses in action, the owners weren’t doing ANYTHING and I wasn’t about to touch Someone else’s aggressive dog. Sounds like the stun gun would have been effective in this case.

    Thank you BBGuest for the link to the site. I do appreciate all the tips that are being given.

    #692197

    Carson
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    #692198

    Admiral935
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    Why was Animal Control no help or were they how you found out about the child being attacked? Did you consider filing a police report, or have any witnesses? You might be happy with walking away and preventing another with bear spray (good idea). Me, I think the owners should be held accountable under whatever laws are on the books. Best to your pup.

    #692199

    Admiral935
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    Another idea contact Neighborhood Watch leader. I read about these folks since reading WSB but haven’t met mine. Maybe they would like to know.

    #692200

    LisaM
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    Oh, I am so sorry, I know how you feel, it happened to me here in WS, 2 off leash dogs near Madison MS attacked my on leash dog and bit him. It was terrifying.

    I worked with a trainer after b/c my dog became very reactive to other dogs after the attack and now we avoid other dogs and stay in parks/neighborhoods that are familiar.

    So, here is a tip from the trainer and I have tried it, and it works, but…it may not work with a super aggressive dog bent on attacking, so the spray might be better, but here is the tip:

    carry food/treats in your pocket and if a dog comes running toward you, throw the food at the dog and it will distract them long enough to get away. I actually threw a toy at an oncoming dog once and it totally distracted the dog until the owner could catch and leash it.

    I hope that helps, but the spray might be your best bet…

    #692201

    hammerhead
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    I too am truly sorry for what happened to your dog. I have 2 pitbulls and they are not aggressive. I know I will never be able to tell you otherwise that it isn’t the dog it is the owner.

    You are right those people should have not that dog if they are afraid of it or can’t control it. Not trying to make excuses but she was probably in heat. Do what ever you have to do to get the attacking dog off of your dog, I would have shot it no questions asked. I have been told the spay stuff works.

    #692202

    flowerpetal
    Member

    These sprays sound good, especially the bear spray. I am curious if it could harm the attacked dog as well? And stun guns… if a pit bull has a lock on a dog and is stunned, does the other dog get stunned too?

    How frightening. I understand why some people might not want to take their pooch out of their own yard.

    #692203

    Harmonic
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    Any update on the child? Poor little baby. I sincerely hope that he/she is ok. Now I’m going to have nightmares.

    #692204

    charlabob
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    I suspect it was a typo, but I think Hammerhead is right– the spay stuff might help too :-) Seriously, these (blipping words I won’t use in polite company) fools want to breed her? Is anyone else just horrified at the idea?

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