> Sorry this is a bit long.........
No need to apologize.
> We live in Ontario and had our own experience with a dog bite at the
> beginning of summer. We live in a duplex with shared property. The people
> in the upper apartment own two dogs and we have our yellow lab Brandi. One
> of the neighbour's dogs is a lab/spaniel cross, the other is a boxer/pit
> bull cross. They also regularly have his brother's dog there which is also
> a boxer/pit bull cross. The lab cross is chained outside 24/7 unless it is
> storming or snowing.
That is so sad really. I wonder if there is a way to have the dog taken away
from them. They obviously don't want it.
> he lunged at her and grabbed her by the hand, piercing the skin. He
> released his grip and as she started to remove her hand from his mouth he
> bit down even harder and tried to shake her hand. I will never forget the
> look of terror in her eyes as she turned her face to me and screamed.
I can't even imagine how scared I would have been in either of your
positions. I know if Erwin doesn't want to let go of something, he has a
heck of a lot of power behind his jaw. I can't imagine this intentionally
closed around my hand. I know there would be no way I could disengage myself
if I were in that situation.
I wonder if something else had happend earlier in the day that you might not
have been privy to? Maybe someone was abusing the dog earlier in the day.
Obviously this is not typical behaviour with your daughter.
> All this took a matter of seconds to happen. As I got up to him he
> released her. Luckily her boyfriend's mother hadn't pulled out yet and is
> a nurse. We spent 3 hours at the hospital getting her hand glued shut (the
> tears were to jagged for stitches). If the tooth that pierced the top of
> her hand had been about 2mm farther up the hand it would have meant a
> major hospital stay as he came that close to hitting a major artery in her
Thankful for small mercies.
> The one thing I do know about Ontario Law is that if someone comes into
> the hospital for a dog bite it is automatically reported to the local
> health unit who then orders the dog quarantined.
Personally if I were in charge, with a serious bite like that given that
situation, I would have in place some kind of mandatory training for the
owners/dog in which they would be encouraged to give up the dog (i.e. might
be the best for the dog)
> Our local by-laws require that the dog be quarantined for 14 days whether
> they are up to date on their shots or not. In turn the dog is usually
> investigated by the local animal control officer, especially when the dog
> has more then one bite report against it. The officer can then make orders
> against the dog if it is deamed that he is aggressive. These orders can
> include muzzling or being penned where they can not have access to
> children or other animals.
> They cannot order the dog destroyed, that can only be done by a judge.
> Now I do not blame the dog for his behaviour. I blame the owners.
Me too. I think any dog has the potential to be well behaved, I don't care
what the breed is as long as the owners are commited enough to the process.
This isn't to say that there aren't breeds more prone to aggressive
behavior, but in getting that breed the owners have to know what they are
getting in for.
> These are people who should not own a dog let alone two of them.
Agreed, who wants to bet that they were impulse bought at the pet store
because they were "cute".
> This dog got little to no attention other then from the kids when he was
> their only dog. When they brought home the boxer/pit cross as a small
> puppy, all attention was given to the puppy and the lab cross was
> virtually ignored other then feeding him once a day and changing his water
> every other day. He sits chained to his dog house and watches as the puppy
> got lots and lots of attention. Unfortunately this dog will probably bite
> again as long as he is owned by these people. He now has two reports
> against him with the health unit.
Does this mean that he's bitten before? Seems awfully negligent of the
owners not to take appropriate steps if this was the case (actually seems a
little irresponsible of animal control to allow this to continue. Were any
steps taken to ensure that the situation didn't repeat itself (if not, this
would upset me even more than the dog biting in the first place).