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happy2go2wdwmom
07-19-2008, 01:41 AM
Could have been worse---he didn't need stitches, but....

catycatcat4
07-19-2008, 02:14 AM
more details?

UrsulasShadow
07-19-2008, 08:15 AM
That's too bad. I do wish that everyone would obey leash laws.

happy2go2wdwmom
07-19-2008, 08:58 AM
This neighbor's dog ("mid-sized yippy poodle-type" was how animal control pegged him) was on a leash, but broke away from its owner----8 kids were playing outside together but he narrowed in on my child and just tore after him, clamped down on his back thigh and wouldn't let go. The bruises are unreal---I know dogs are unpredictable and so on, but I came to find out after this that the dog has bitten children before---so it's hard to understand why a person would even walk the dog (she has a huge fenced yard), let alone allow it near any children. :confused3

alebisi
07-19-2008, 08:58 AM
I'm so sorry, hopefully no stiches! hope your son gets better!

MenashaCorp
07-19-2008, 09:20 AM
This neighbor's dog ("mid-sized yippy poodle-type" was how animal control pegged him) was on a leash, but broke away from its owner----8 kids were playing outside together but he narrowed in on my child and just tore after him, clamped down on his back thigh and wouldn't let go. The bruises are unreal---I know dogs are unpredictable and so on, but I came to find out after this that the dog has bitten children before---so it's hard to understand why a person would even walk the dog (she has a huge fenced yard), let alone allow it near any children. :confused3

I am a huge dog lover, and am repeatedly saddened by how many dog owners seem oblivious to their responsibilities. I am reminded of Aunt Sarah in "Lady and the Tramp" seeing her two plotting Siamese as victims...if you please...

happy2go2wdwmom
07-19-2008, 09:20 AM
Thanks so much!!!! We are grateful it wasn't any worse than it was, but it is a reminder that people can be in denial about things like this----I am upset with the owner---I mean, I love dogs, too, but I love children more...if I had a dog that bit a child, I'd feel totally devestated even if the bite were provoked and I'd probably put it down (also devestating) if I couldn't come up with another 100% secure alternative.

disneyholic family
07-19-2008, 09:40 AM
so sorry to hear about this....
don't get me started about irresponsible dog owners...

catycatcat4
07-19-2008, 10:03 AM
People shoul be given an iq test before they can own dogs.

lttlmc3
07-19-2008, 10:08 AM
What did the owner do? Did they offer to pay medical expenses? That's the least the could do.

catycatcat4
07-19-2008, 10:28 AM
My old nebors dogs used to atack thing where a used to live he wnet to this little farm and killed a lamma

happy2go2wdwmom
07-19-2008, 10:59 AM
Forgot to add---the owner is very invovled w/ the SPCA?! I know it is a dog's instinct to chase things that run, but this was a dog who got out of her control---and was not just chasing---- he ran 30 yards to get at my son and if my son hadn't been wearing a thick bathing suit, this would have been much worse---there was blood---for three days, his wounds bled, so I am at a loss as to why she put herself and the dog and the kids in this situation. OKay I am done---thanks for letting me vent!!

stitchlover
07-19-2008, 11:04 AM
Gosh...that sounds horrible. What did the doctor say after looking at? It appears you called animal control? Did they fine the woman?

happy2go2wdwmom
07-19-2008, 12:06 PM
Oops one of my posts didn't post here---I must have been logged off? Sorry----as luck would have it, one of the adults who witnessed this is a surgeon and he was very helpful; still, I followed up w/ our ped. and she said it was a nasty bite (but could have been much worse) and could become infected so she put my son on an antibiotic---which, I have to add, my son has had way too many of---13 rounds of an antibiotic in one year b/c of strep (!), so it just killed me to have to put him on yet another.

More about the owner---she was very upset and shaken---I had to spend several minutes on my front steps trying to take care of her while I was also still trying to attend to my son--frankly, this was annoying to me! I finally told her I had to go take care of my son and we'd talk later. She said, "Those children are always running around...." TRUE. DUH?!! What does she want them to do, sit inside and play video games? She did add that this was no excuse for what the dog did and, well...ITA!

My son is still limping, but he is very worried about the dog (who was taken by animal control and put into quarantine for ten days and after this they'll need to prove he is healthy)---in the doc's opffice, he picked out a sticker at the end and laughed, "I picked out a Pluto sticker because I still love dogs!"

The owner will pay medical bills she said.

UrsulasShadow
07-19-2008, 12:09 PM
I hope the owner learned a lesson from this. Sounds like everything is being handled properly.

Hope your son heals quickly!

happy2go2wdwmom
07-19-2008, 12:33 PM
I hope the owner learned a lesson from this. Sounds like everything is being handled properly.

Hope your son heals quickly!

Thanks again, Mindy and all. I've convinced myself we now need to plan a new trip to Disney World to get through this little ordeal! ;)

IWISHFORDISNEY
07-19-2008, 01:33 PM
How scary. I hope he gets better fast and Disney sounds like a great get better treat!

drakethib
07-19-2008, 01:43 PM
I know I am going to get flamed for this and I love animals more then the next guy, but if any animal (dog, cat, mouse, rat or whatever) were to attack my child, as soon as my child was attended to medically, that animal would cease to exist very shortly thereafter.

If it attacks once, it will do it again.

Flame on.

UrsulasShadow
07-19-2008, 01:51 PM
I know I am going to get flamed for this and I love animals more then the next guy, but if any animal (dog, cat, mouse, rat or whatever) were to attack my child, as soon as my child was attended to medically, that animal would cease to exist very shortly thereafter.

If it attacks once, it will do it again.

Flame on.

This is not a flame, as my initial reaction would be to choke the dog with my bare hands until it moved no longer, but I blame the owner in these cases. A dog is just a dog, and does either what its instincts tell it, or what it was trained to do. If the owner refuses to train it, or restrain it, BOTH should be put to sleep (or at the very least, kept from ever owning a dog again). Because the owner will get another dog, it will likely be the same type, and behave the same way unless trained otherwise. An over-generalization, I know, but it happens way too often for the generalization to be without merit.

drakethib
07-19-2008, 06:32 PM
This is not a flame, as my initial reaction would be to choke the dog with my bare hands until it moved no longer, but I blame the owner in these cases. A dog is just a dog, and does either what its instincts tell it, or what it was trained to do. If the owner refuses to train it, or restrain it, BOTH should be put to sleep (or at the very least, kept from ever owning a dog again). Because the owner will get another dog, it will likely be the same type, and behave the same way unless trained otherwise. An over-generalization, I know, but it happens way too often for the generalization to be without merit.

I don't disagree and the owner would get a cussing that would make a sailor blush as well, but the animal would never attack again.

jngwright
07-19-2008, 06:50 PM
This story makes me nervous. First-I will say we are dog owners and love dogs.
My mother has a new neighbor that moved in and immediately fenced in her yard. My mom went over to introduce herself and asked what kind of dog she has. The new neighbor responded that is is a pit bull. She continued to say that it was abused and,as a result, hates men. Oh-it is also an escape artist:scared1: The neighbor seems to think this is no big deal. I now do not want my boys to play outside at my moms...

I can't imagine the trauma of being attacked by a dog-your poor child.

Where we live-if a dog attacks once, it is entered in a database. If it attacks again, it is destroyed. Unfortunately-once is all it takes to forever alter a childs (or anyones) life and perception of dogs. My cousin was attacked as a child and his face still bears the scars.

Good luck to you!!

Poohbug
07-19-2008, 07:01 PM
I know I am going to get flamed for this and I love animals more then the next guy, but if any animal (dog, cat, mouse, rat or whatever) were to attack my child, as soon as my child was attended to medically, that animal would cease to exist very shortly thereafter.

If it attacks once, it will do it again.

Flame on.

No flames from me I agree.

DLBDS
07-19-2008, 08:17 PM
Curious, did the owner correct the dog after the offense? Makes ya wonder if it's a rescue from the SPCA if she's affiliated w/ them.

happy2go2wdwmom
07-19-2008, 09:26 PM
Curious, did the owner correct the dog after the offense? Makes ya wonder if it's a rescue from the SPCA if she's affiliated w/ them.

She was hitting him while trying to get him to let go of my son and then she yelled at him and "spanked" him and took him back to her house.

I'd bet money that he is a rescue dog-----she recently told a neighbor that this dog bit a neighbor's child who moved away---but I don't know details or if this was ever reported to authorities (I added this to my report to animal control). I hope it was, b/c I think a second offense of this kind should merit a promise that my son (and his buddies) should never have to come across that dog again. I do not even walk my two dogs out of fear that another dog would attack and hurt them, so it is hard for me to understand why she would walk such an aggressive dog on our street.

Like drake, my Momma Bear instincts are in fangs glaring gear now and IF this dog returns to the pavement, I will FREAK OUT :mad: Owner left another mesage yesterday and I am not calm enough to call her back yet...(disboards helps me relax!). My son has been an emotional wreck all week---very regressed and tearful everyday over the littlest things AND he is now afraid of another neighbors' labs and he practically lives over there---we're watching Enchanted right now to lighten up things around here!

As to other poster who wrote about the wild pit bulls...I am not the person to ask right now, but I think even before this happened I say, "Better safe than sorry and you know they say, "There are no bad dogs, only bad owners' and those folks sound like bad owners and well, pit bulls?!!!!! :eek:

tinkbutt
07-20-2008, 09:50 AM
I am sorry to hear this happened to your son but I am very glad to hear he is ok!!!!!

And I definitley agree with Mindy here the owner should be more aware of her dog's habbit to bite!!!

njcamper95
07-20-2008, 10:21 AM
First very sorry to hear this happened to your son and hope he is doing ok
second as a dog owner and person who does dog rescue I can say that a rescue dog can be very tough we don't always know where they come from the are just dropped off at a shelter who knows what they have for bad habits when we take one in to any of our foster homes they do a very intense once over seeing if they are good with other animals,kids and yes as mentioned before some AREN"T good with men or small kids we then do a application for adoption where we try to make the proper fit for dog and owner next we do a home visit to make sure it is the proper eviroment for the dog as well we do turn down people who are not up to our standards we are a little picky ok maybe more then a little but we feel these dogs have had a rough life the have had a owner then are dumped like trash for most times unknow reasons or minor things that with the right owner and or training will be a perfectly good dog
i do agree if this women can't handle her dog then she shouldn't have the dog its a shame to ever have to put a animal down but sadly this may be the best option for this animal so it doesn't hurt anyone else
Agian very sorry to hear your son got hurt and hope he feels better soon