Can I tentatively ask your expert opinion?

(17 Posts)
YouBrokeMySmoulder Thu 28-Feb-13 23:07:35

Should I report someone who's dog is clearly not under their control. And if so to whom? Or should I just leave it?

A couple of months ago, a very bouncy lab jumped up at me as I was walkinghome. To be fair I was carrying some fish and chips but the young lad walking him couldnt pull him back, I reckon he was about 16. I was a bit surprised as I could see the dog was going to do it so turned away to protect my dinner but the lad didnt realise and let him do it anyway and then laughed it off.

Anyway, yesterday dh was walking home and the same dog and walker went past him and the dog, got agitated on approach and then actually reached up iyswim and bit dh on the arm. Not a nip but an actual bite. Dh grew up with dogs but said he was so shocked that eh didnt even say anything, he just walked home. The teenager just pulled the dog away, didnt apologise and went on his way.

So, should I do anything, I dont even know where they live. I am tempted to tell the community officer though.

quoteunquote Fri 01-Mar-13 02:00:34

If the dog bit your husband please ring 101 and report it to the police, explain the other incident, the dog should be muzzled when out in public.

YouBrokeMySmoulder Fri 01-Mar-13 07:27:37

But can you say to them a random lab with a boy that looks like this, that vaguely lives here? It is weird behaviour though isnt it.

SpicyPear Fri 01-Mar-13 08:17:34

Of course call them and give them whatever information you have. They might not do anything yet but it should be on record. We had issues locally and it took everyone getting together to report everything and harrass the police a bit to get them to deal with it.

YouBrokeMySmoulder Fri 01-Mar-13 11:39:36

Thanks - I will do it today then. I just didnt want to overreact or do the wrong thing.

SpicyPear Fri 01-Mar-13 12:35:32

He's breaking the law by having a dog dangerously out of control in a public place. I do feel extremely sorry for the dog that has been put in this position, but it's just not on for people to be put at risk of being bitten.

YouBrokeMySmoulder Fri 01-Mar-13 14:00:13

I emailed the safer neighbourhood team and they got back to me within 15mins. Apparently it is a priority for our area and they are coming round to see us.

I do feel bad as it is just a family pet - a Lab FGS not a Japanese Tosa! But yes, they can't control it atm so they just need a bit of help.

Lucyellensmum95 Fri 01-Mar-13 14:07:25

Don't feel bad - he only bit your DH this time (hes a man, he can cope wink) but it could have just as easily been a child. Then how bad would you feel if you did nothing? It probably wont end up wit the dog being pts but maybe they will be forced to muzzle it when its out, or only let it be walked by a competent walker!

Twattybollocks Sat 02-Mar-13 08:33:58

All dogs have teeth, all dogs can bite if they have the inclination/provocation and are not properly trained or controlled. Just because it's a lab does not mean its a gentle lovable animal. Most dogs are, some dogs aren't, regardless of breed.

mrsjay Sat 02-Mar-13 13:04:51

doesnt matter it is a lab or a japenese fighting dog they have teeth they bite you did the right thing. there is a young lad round here he 'walks' a pointery looking dog it is jumpy and boistrus and he cant control it, I saw a girl walk the dog last week she couldnt control it either it is going to knock a child over and really hurt them

digerd Sat 02-Mar-13 17:46:05

Bouncy dogs are usually friendly, but as has been said a dog of that size could knock a small child over with his friendly enthusiasm/excitement, or frighten them and the child could run into the road to get away from him/her.

Labs are known to be bouncy and friendly, not aggressive.
Owners of all dogs have a resonsibilty to control their dog's unacceptable behaviour to strangers.

What shocks me is that the young people didn't care.

YouBrokeMySmoulder Sat 02-Mar-13 18:50:06

Iwas surprised that dh didnt say anything at the time to the lad but I think he was just totally taken aback. Anyway they have taken statements so it is on record. Shame that there was months between incidents which kind of says theres been no improvement.

I shouldnt say anything when I see them next should I?

digerd Sat 02-Mar-13 22:00:05

I suppose avoiding them is not possible?
I was accidentally bitten by my own dog , my silly fault said DH, and GP gave me a tentanus jab X 2. Did the dog pierce his skin

YouBrokeMySmoulder Sat 02-Mar-13 23:37:46

Goodness no, it was through his winter coat so no damage done.

I will obvs make the dc and me cross the road which is going to look a bit odd but stil.

Floralnomad Sat 02-Mar-13 23:45:07

Did the boy actually realise that your husband had been bitten . Obviously he shouldn't be letting the dog jump all over people anyway but if your husband didnt say anything perhaps he didn't know . I'm not trying to excuse this lads behaviour BTW and do think you're right to have reported it .

YouBrokeMySmoulder Sun 03-Mar-13 09:06:32

I dont know. Dh said he had to shake it off quite violently. The lad was only standing a metre away so I would think so. Maybe the behaviour is so normal to them now that they have got used to it and so are blind to whats going on?

I dontunderstand why, when they know the dog gets agitated, that they dont brung it under very close order when passing people.

Floralnomad Sun 03-Mar-13 09:27:11

Perhaps if you see them again you could surreptitiously follow them home .

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