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What can you do when a dog attacks your dog? 
There have been several incidents in the local area recently. My own dog was beaten up on the village green by a dog, off lead, recently. He was not injured but when I quietly said to the lady owner that she should keep an unpredictable dog on leash or muzzled she went into meltdown, shouting, swearing and stormed off. Unfortunately I do not know what her name, or the dog's name is or where she lives, except she said she lives in the very large village and was going to move out. Yeah! She screamed at me she was f*****g sick and tired of being told what to do. So I was obviously not the first person to speak to her about her dog's behaviour.
In the past, the Village Green committee have banned difficult dogs from being taken onto the Green, except I have seen the respective owners take the dogs onto the Green when they think there is no-one else around. It is such a shame as the vast majority of dogs are well socialised and well behaved, I have counted nine dogs, all off lead running around with each other with no aggressive behaviour from any of them.
In the last 2/3 weeks there have been two incidents where known dogs, known owner, have set on dogs, on leased land adjacent to the Green. I have a feeling that would class as trespass. Also, the same dogs have been roaming the local area, going onto roads etc. The local Facebook page almost went down with the number of reports being posted. 
As far as I understand it, the owner has in the past been spoken to by the RSPCA and Police but it doesn't seem to make any difference. Does this mean that everyone has to keep making formal complaints to the Police every time there is an incident until eventually some action is taken?
It concerns me that a dog or possibly child, could eventually be badly injured or killed by these dogs as they have reportedly, in the past, killed a cat in a nearby area.



  • WAMSWAMS Posts: 1,273
    I don't know the answer but my perfectly gentle, on-lead girl has been attacked countless times by offlead beagles, dachshunds, a doberman cross, coursing dogs. The owners usually descend into swearing cry baby meltdowns when I get between their dog and mine and make them get away. "He's only playing," from one woman whose dog's jaws were locked on my collie's throat. 

  • Joyce GoldenlilyJoyce Goldenlily Posts: 2,166
    I have spoken to the lady owner of the dog that beat up my dog on a couple of occasions in the past It was always the same story. I haven't had her very long, she is a rescue dog, she can be a bit unpredictable with other dogs. The same story has been told to other dog owners as well.
    My dog is a Shi Tzu so no match for a labrador cross. Fortunately his harness gave him some protection and it was his ego that was dented more than anything, the other owner had to use her ball thrower to get her dog off mine. I haven't seen her since the incident.
  • thevictorianthevictorian Posts: 809
    We have had the same thing happen with our last two dogs. The one we currently have has been attacked more times than I'd like to think about and there was a really aggressive dog that the owner simply didn't care that it attacked all the medium and small dogs, leaving open wounds on many. After it attacked my dog I did briefly look up how to report it but as my dog was off a lead it made things harder. I also didn't know his name or where he lived. Apparently he had been banned from other local areas.
  • Joyce GoldenlilyJoyce Goldenlily Posts: 2,166
    The owner of the dogs running loose has 9 dogs, one of which has just had a litter of 10 puppies. There are 3 lurchers in the pack so hunting sight hounds, following their natural instincts. One of his 9 dogs is an entire male Jack Russell, constantly running loose on the Green. It is not aggressive but an absolute pain, sniffing around the back ends of other dogs and mounting any he can get near to. 
    None of the dogs wear collars or tags.
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,585
    edited 15 March


    Dogs must be micro chipped and wear a collar with an identification tag.  

    If you know who these people are, or have their car registration numbers, you could make life quite expensive for them.

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  • Joyce GoldenlilyJoyce Goldenlily Posts: 2,166
    The owner of the 9 dogs has already had to pay to retrieve the Jack Russel from Dog Warden "clink" once since moving to his present accommodation when someone managed to catch it.

  • Jenny_AsterJenny_Aster Posts: 652
    The fault is usually at the end of the lead, and I don't mean the end that's clipped to the collar. Dogs off lead usually sort themselves out without any aggression, but that's not always the case.

    I get upset about my boy getting attacked, although he's got a thick coat and he weighs 40kg, but that doesn't stop some dogs having a go. Quite a few owners think it's funny when their little precious squares up to a German Shepherd. Rusty just steps aside and gives the aggressor a funny look. I've often shouted to the owner that if the situation were reversed they'd be calling for the police!

    Wonder how many 'concerned dog owners' realise what the warning signs are? The main one IMO, when out walking, is 'the stare'! When I see a dog giving us the eye-ball I divert Rusty's attention and direction as quick as I can. The other big problem is food.... many a time I've seen a child teasing a dog with food, they're literally asking for trouble. Doesn't matter how placid a dog is, never leave it alone with a child, especially if the child has food. 

    Some dogs, big or small, are so aggressive without being checked, and my heart goes out to anyone and their dog who's been attacked, especially service dogs. 

    What would I do if Rusty was attacked? I'd let him off the lead to either defend himself, or to escape from the conflict, being hampered by a lead wouldn't help me or him. But of course it depends on what you'd feel was right for your given circumstances. BTW I do have damaged ligaments in my hand caused by violent tugging of a lead when Rusty was attacked by a loose dog some 7 or so years ago. 

    Take a pic or video of the aggressive dog for police purposes (if poss).
    Trying to be the person my dog thinks I am! 
  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 6,459
    We have a flaky dog. He's actually not aggressive, he's fearful, so he'll bark (a lot) around other dogs. We keep him on the lead and try to move him away from confrontational situations.
    We used to have a dog who would bite if another one got too close, she was always on lead and muzzled. Which didn't stop others shouting at us when their dogs ran at her and she snapped. She was entirely capable of biting through the muzzle - although the damage was limited, it wouldn't stop it if the dog charged at her. We learned to intercept incoming dogs with a foot. This would lead to us being accused of kicking their dog, although in fact all the motion was from the dog, we just blocked them. We would just shrug and not get into the argument.
    We also had a very timid dog who was attacked. OH had to punch the attacking dog (weimerana) in the face to get it to let go. Our dog had 20 stitches and a drain in his side from that incident. 
    The only time police have been called was when another dog of ours was walking quite peacefully along, minding his own business, when we encountered a 'scooper' - a woman who squealed and picked up her puppy while making flapping movements, which prompted our dog to stand up on his back legs to sniff the puppy. The policeman who came out said it was the first time he'd been called to an incident of a dog leaving muddy pawprints on someone's coat.

    Many people don't understand dogs' body language or instincts, or recognise that all dogs are - or can be - dangerous. Most are not aggressive, but can be provoked, especially if cornered. We do our best to keep ours and others safe. We used to let our dogs off lead in public, now we never do. Fortunately, we have room here for them to run and play as much as they want in our garden, which is securely fenced. Walks are a different sort of exercise.

    BTW, our dogs have all been greyhounds and lurchers. Not all lurchers hunt. The one we have now has caught a rabbit. It hopped off having had a thorough wash behind the ears and a bit of a fright. Generally he chases the cats and squirrels away but wouldn't know what to do if one ever stood its ground.
    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 9,076
    My previous spaniel tore a cruciate ligament and was on rest for weeks after being attacked by a dalmatian. It was at a key point in his social development and the lack of socialising and exercise affected his behaviour for the rest of his life. And the cost to me wasn't cheap even with insurance. It wasn't even a bad attack, the dog just lunged at him and caught him awkwardly.

    Around here most people are fine though to be fair. We had one problem with a lady with a large and boisterous male lab mix that was never on the lead and didn't recall at all. My dog is fine with girl dogs but is very wary of male dogs and will snap if they pester him. This dog was chasing him in circles around us while we were holding the kids and trying to keep our dog away from him while this women chased the dog around the circle. All I could have done if a fight started was drop the lead and get the kids out of the way. Full credit to my dog for the patience he showed. Since then I've seen her keep the dog on the lead a lot more and she does seem to be training him a bit better. We rarely walk the kids and dog at the same time anymore though because of stuff like this.
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