A friend of mind posted this on FB.
“Brandy” was attacked again by the same neighbor’s rottweiler. This dog has attacked at least 4 other dogs on my street and has been declared a public nuisance. I reported the attack again and apparently the options are
- Fine the incompetent owner (which has happened multiple times already).
- Agree to testify in some proceeding to have the dog put down.
The dog, “Candy,” is a problem and something has to be done but I find it hard to proceed with option 2. What should I do?
This dog is like 150 pounds and has bitten and attacked other dogs in the neighborhood. They have talked to the owner and the owner has been fined and the dog is even required to wear a humane muzzle but it doesn’t seem to be working. They’re pretty scared of the dog at this point but my friend doesn’t feel quite right about pursuing option 2 of putting the dog down. the owner may also be mentally unstable as she says that she may kill herself if they take the dog. Would you have any suggestions or tips? I wonder why this dog is so aggressive,
Concerned friend in South Bay (Los Angeles)
Dear Concerned Friend:
Would you want a mentally unstable person running amok with a gun? Of course, not. We already know what happens when even one mentally unstable person gets a hold of a gun. A large dog, one heavier than the average human being at 150 lbs., that bites other dogs is a dangerous weapon. The woman says she will kill herself if the dog is taken away from her, but what will she do if her dog kills another dog? Kill herself? Expect the owner to commit suicide? Or will the rottie owner just continue to keep her anti-social pet and let it run loose because other lives aren’t that important? A Chihuahua, Pomeranian or Maltese would only take a bite and a hard shake to kill.
The woman is doing the dog equivalent of whining with the big brown eyes opened wide. The message? I’m pathetic and helpless; don’t blame me. This is emotional blackmail. Such tactics are okay when you’re asking for a cookie or a slice of pizza, but not to defend assault and battery.
Unfortunately, for the dog, the woman never taught the dog proper manners, most likely because she doesn’t have any herself.
Dogs that are dog aggressive should not be allowed to associate with other dogs. Dogs that are too territorial should be securely confined within their home territory. This isn’t hard to do. Your friend should consider how she’d feel if her dog dies because of a dog attack, or worse, if she is seriously injured during the dog attack . Or if someone else’s dog dies or even, if someone, getting in the way of the attack, is injured or dies. What if a child is mauled? Will she regret not testifying against the dog and its owner?
I myself defended my mistress and our pack when we were attacked by a pitbull mix. We were attacked twice. The second time it took three men and a woman as well as my pack and mistress to beat the dog back. We couldn’t go home until the animal control people took those dogs in. After the first time, my mistress offered to help the people with their dog. Undoubtedly, animal control also had suggestions that the woman has refused to follow.
Being pushed to the ground by a 150-lb. man and battered is unacceptable. So is being terrorized by a 150-lb. dog. For a whole neighborhood to allow this to happen, indicates why people are sometimes compared to sheep. Sometimes being the black sheep isn’t a bad thing if you’re preventing bad things from happening in the future.
Death is in the air and the question here is do you protect the innocent or sentence the anti-social violent dog to death? There is no life sentence for dogs. Kindness to this poor rottie is cruelty to every other dog and every other person in the neighborhood.
Report the dog and testify against him. You can’t expect justice unless you’re willing to stand up and ask for it.