A few weeks ago I took my Australian Shepherd, Striker, to the
leash-free park, he loves to run around and play with all his canine
pals. It was a beautiful sunny day, and after an hour or so time to
go. I put on his lead and started towards the exit gate.
Striker is a neutered male, has never demonstrated any aggressive
tendencies and seems to love all dogs and humans.
About a hundred yards or so an American Pit Bull Terrier, slowly
started approaching my Aussie. As the Pit Bull approached, Striker
paused; I could see the clump of fur (where his tail used to be)
wagging as he welcomed his new friend.
Sure enough, when the Pit Bull got into striking range he lunged at
Striker. Striker immediately went into a *** posture. This
didn't stop the Pit Bull; it jumped on him. I heard Striker yelp and
pulled on his lead separating the dogs. I immediately looked around,
looking for the owner, yelling get your dog away from mine.
Nobody came forward, apparently the owner was taking a wait and see
attitude. The Pit Bull slowly came stalking in again as I was trying
to hustle Striker away. The Pit Bull came lunged again knowing Striker
to the ground, Striker rolled over exposing his underbelly, and the
Pit Bull went after him again. At this point I wound up and attempted
to kick the Pit Bull, my leg didn't make good contact and just grazed
off his shoulder. As I was drawing my leg back, the Pit Bull bit my
The bite was just a minor abrasion, no big deal. The Pit Bull then
turned its attention back to Striker. He was quickly on top of him
again. I dropped the lead ran towards the dogs and kicked the Pit Bull
square in the eye with the heel of my boot. It let out a huge yelp.
Funny how the owner who had not been interested in stopping his dog
earlier was now concerned. I guess it's OK for his dog to attack other
dogs and people, but once his dog gets hurt it's now time to get
He put his dog on the lead and proceeded to leave the park. He
struggled pulling his dog out of the park, this beast was doing
everything it could to continue its attack. I attended my dog who was
OK but limping, favouring his back right leg. After putting Striker in
my car, I approached the Pit Bull owner. I told him that I had been
bit and asked him for his name, address and phone number.
The coward that he is would not provide it to me. He told me it was my
own fault for kicking his dog. He got into his car a drove away. I
wrote down his license plate information and then talked to other dog
owners at the park who witnessed the attack. Each and every one of
them provided me with their names and addresses and encouraged me to
contact them if I needed to.
I went home and called the police. I described the days events, showed
them the mark left from the dog bite and asked them to provide me with
the name and address of the Pit Bull owner. They told me that they
could not give me his information without investigating the incident.
I gave the police the list of witnesses and told them that I intended
to pursue the owner of the dog. They left without providing me any of
his personal information, that they would investigate. A couple of
days later they returned, telling me that they had investigated. Many
of the independent witness verified my claims and that I could get the
owner's name and address after I filled out some forms.
The area I live in has zero tolerance laws against dog bites. If a dog
bites, it gets destroyed. I ensured that this dog was destroyed!
It was put down yesterday. While I take no satisfaction in the fact
that the dog was killed, I am content knowing that this dog will not
attack any other animal or person.
I guess this is the point where all the American Pit Bull owners start
their defensive rants about how people don't understand Pit Bulls and
their reputations are undeserved. Basically they would be repeating
the same things this cowardly owner was saying about his dog when I
approached him after the incident.
Striker limped for a couple days after the incident but he is doing
One more aggressive American Pit Bull Terrier has been removed from
the planet, that's a good thing.