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Thank you, NOT!

By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, April 19th, 2006 at 9:56 am in dogs, Pets, Pit bull attack.

Here’s an inside peek at what it’s like to be involved in a dog attack. Just a little something for you to think about.

Gary: I wanted to thank the owners of two pit bulls that attacked my dog and myself.

The owners, I guess, didn’t want these dogs anymore. One is a large blue-and-white pit and the other a brown pit. Someone let them go around Foothill Drive in Antioch, three weeks ago. That’s when my poor little Jack Russell terrier got attacked.

My mother-in-law took her out to do her thing on a leash. We always take her out on a leash. I don’t even let her go in the backyard because of the coyotes.

When these dogs came running up to my dog and attacked her, luckily I was just going to my office when I saw them and heard my mother-in-law screaming for me. I ran out there. I didn’t even think to get a weapon and I don’t know how I did it, but I pushed my mother-in-law out of the way (she is a little lady) and fought the dogs off, but not without them doing $500 damage to my dog.

She was bitten in the rear really bad and needed stitches. She needs to go back to have dead tissues removed, but at $300 more we can’t afford it, so thank you again to the owner of these two pits.

So I don’t know what we are going to do as it is. We can’t pay our rent because of the $500 we had to pay for my dog and I would do it again for my little baby, and we will manage. Plus her neck was bitten but not bad, and I was bitten, but when I went to the doctor’s he said it was a small bite so my dog could of done it.

Anyways, my little dogdo (my pet name for her) is doing fine. She hates the plastic cone around her head.

The good side of this story is that when we returned from the vets I called the police and as they were driving up, they saw the two pit bulls. They came back I guess to finish the job. They watched them, then the police got out of their car and cornered the dogs in our backyard and called Animal Control and they came and got the dogs.

The dogs were nice to them. The dogs have been in quarantine for 10 days. Thank God no rabies, and they will be put down!

So, Gary, if you want to, could you please put this in the paper so maybe the owners can see this? Thank you!

I am not against pits. We used to have one. I got her when she was a puppy. Sweetest dog. She got hit by a truck when my daughter’s friend opened the door and she ran out. My cat used to put her in her place.

I hope the owner of the two pits sees this. I know I won’t hear from them but maybe they and other owners of pits can see this and see what happens when you no longer want a dog and you let it go free.

Note: I am now afraid to go outside with my dog without having some type of a weapon with me, and when I take her to the vets I am afraid, because I can’t always take her in her carrier. It’s too heavy for me.

I hope this will pass. I’ve never in my life been through this and hope I never will again. If you know of a vet where I can get her back redone cheaper or free, please let me know.

Thank you, Gary, for letting me vent my anger as you can see this happened three weeks ago and I am still mad. (Candi, Antioch, Calif.)

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8 Responses to “Thank you, NOT!”

  1. Pat in Antioch Says:

    Gary,
    You might suggest that Candi contact ARF. They are sometimes able to help with medical bills; they were a godsend for me years ago. All monies raised through their thrift shop go into a medical fund -a good place to take all those unwanted items we find during our “spring cleaning.”

    Pat in Antioch

  2. Patty Says:

    If these two dogs were let out intentionally
    like you are guessing (as opposed to got out of the yard and no one bothered to come looking for them, etc.), the owner will not likely care one bit about you, your dog or your situation. The same type of human who would let their dogs out on the streets if they no longer want them is not the type of human who would have enough compassion to be concerned with the damage he/she has caused. That is the unfortunate truth of the matter.

  3. Animal lover Says:

    Wow Gary… you sure know how to play the passive aggressive game. Act like you love animals and just stick little snide jabs in there about dogs, especiallly pit bulls. I dont know what your problem with pit bull dogs includes, but you need to stop this propaganda. If you hate dogs then leave dogs out of your column, since you obviously have no clue what you’re talking about.

  4. Bill Says:

    What was the purpose of Pattys’ message other than insults and propoganda ?

    If you want to play amateur pyschologist in between asking people “if they want fries with that” find something that you know a little about.

    Bill

  5. kari Says:

    Pit bulls are like loaded guns. Only people who know how to handle one safely should be allowed to own one.

    My friend was severely mauled by a pit that was loose in a front yard. My friend was jogging down the street, but when she saw the uncontained dog she started walking slowly so as not to entice it into chasing. It attacked her in the street anyway, and she now has severe scaring on her torso and arm. The owner came out of the house during the attack, stood there, then went back inside without doing or saying anything. Luckily a passerby was able to beat the dog off. The dog was later destroyed.

    I just heard recently on the news that a two year old girl was killed by a pit bull in England. It belonged to her uncle, and the man had already received complaints filed against the dog for vicious behavior. I guess it takes a tragedy for reality to sink in.

    It seems to me that many pit bull owners are irresponsible when it comes to understanding and handling this breed. They get them for the tough image that they represent. Many pit bull owners around my city are very young, and when it gets to be a hassle to own the dog, they just abandon it somewhere. Or encourage it’s behavior because it’s cool that have a snarling, raging pit bull wearing a chain collar secured with a padlock, lunging at the fence as the neighbor walks by.

    I am sure I have enraged all the responsible pit bull owners out there, but I am not talking about responsible pit bull owners. You at least recognize your breed’s tendencies and probably take steps to maintain good behavior in your pet. The dangerous pit bulls seem to be the ones owned by irresponsible people who care nothing for the safety of others, just their image.

    How many more people need to be killed or mauled before there is a law passed in owning pit bulls ?

  6. Amy Says:

    I know this is an old post, but my basset was attacked by a pit bull tonight. And I know it’s not about the breed but about how they’re raised… but I just don’t know. I’m sure there are some lhaso apso’s out there that are treated horribly but you never hear of a vicious lhapso apso attack.

  7. Gary Bogue Says:

    Amy: I hope your basset is OK. /Gary

  8. stacy Says:

    amy, thats only because lhaso apso’s don’t do much damage when they attack. i am very sorry about your basset and i pray he recovers.

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