Dog just attacked my dog. Am I overreacting?

(12 Posts)
Dontbesilly Tue 20-Oct-15 12:18:51

Hi. My dogs on leads have been attacked by another bigger dog in front of a witness who is supporting me.

The dog Walker ended up beating his dog with his walking stick and wrestling it to the ground to get it off. The man refused to give me his details saying I was overreacting and attempted to walk off.

I identified the dog, who is known in the area for being aggressive, to the dog Walker and witness as I was sure that this was the dog. He said if I go to the police he will say I stand at the dogs front gate all day goading him. I know enough people who live in the street who will back me up that I don't do that.

My dog seems OK. I rang the vet who advised keeping a close eye on him and immediately bringing him in with the slightest concern as he has a heart concern that is currently being investigated.

I was so shocked both by the attack and by his attitude that I rang the police who are coming round. The dog Walker laughed saying that the police won't be interested in me overreacting. The witness said it's not overreacting to beat a dog with sticks and wrestle it to the ground. The man claimed he was disabled but I argued back that in that case put him on a lead or employ a dog Walker as there is no excuse. Plus he seemed pretty fit both beating it and wrestling it to the ground.

I absolutely don't want this to happen to anyone else and that's why I am reporting it. Plus his attitude was appalling, couldn't care less.

Am I overreacting? How would you handle this?

SweetLathyrus Tue 20-Oct-15 12:54:22

You are definitely not over reacting. It's a horrible things to happen, and if the only way the owner could get his dog away was by beating it, then the dog is out of control.

Reporting the incident is important because even if there is no direct action taken, if the dog is allowed to attack again, there will be a record.

Hope your dog is ok smile

MsAdorabelleDearheartVonLipwig Tue 20-Oct-15 13:02:29

You didn't overreact. I would have done. I'd have been beating it with a stick too. I think you handled it very well. You have a witness and you immediately reported it to the police. You have informed the vet. As Sweet said there is a record now and if it does it again the owner will have to explain it to the police.

What a horrible shock though. Hope you and your poor dog are ok. flowers

aginghippy Tue 20-Oct-15 13:08:17

How horrible Dontbe flowers Hope your dog is ok.

You are absolutely not overreacting. The police obviously ARE interested.

The guy must know he was in the wrong, but was trying to get you to back down. Don't forget to tell the police what he said about planning to them you stand at front gate all day goading the dog. In other words, he threatened to lie to the police.

Dontbesilly Tue 20-Oct-15 13:12:06

Hi thank you both. My dog seems to be ok. I have kept a close eye on him and if anything changes I will contact the vet.

It was frightening and at the worst point I honestly thought that my dog could die as he was going for his throat. I was still in shock when I posted and I am gradually coming round. I just wanted another view point of what is reasonable as I didn't want to go over the top, even though I feel I am doing the right thing.

His dog wasn't even on a lead. It's his attitude that makes my blood boil. He's in charge of the animal and it's him as much as the dog that's to blame. Then saying I was overreacting, well it's proportionate to his response to, beating s dog with a stick and wrestling it to the ground is not normal behaviour. Thing is the man wasn't the owner of the dog he was the dog Walker shock

Thanks for your advice and perspective. It's much appreciated!!

tabulahrasa Tue 20-Oct-15 16:29:58

You're not overreacting...if he's not the owner, make sure the police are going to inform the owner as they may be completely unaware anything at all has happened.

Dontbesilly Tue 20-Oct-15 17:42:39

Hi thank you everyone.

Police just been and took the details and are going round to see him now.

I mentioned everything even the bit about goading the dog and the police said that would be mentioned.

It will be recorded and if it happens again it will tie up with today's incident. Also the police said he may already have a record and will check.

The main thing is that my dogs ok. We are keeping a close eye on him and if anything changes he will go to the vets. He is a small tiny thing and the other dog who attacked him was easily three times his size.

Police said give him a wide berth in future which I absolutely agree with. I told them to tell him to keep well away from us too. The police want it on a lead and muzzled too.

Thanks for all the replies. I just needed impartial opinion on the situation and I was quite shocked too and didn't want to overreact based on shock iyswim.

Godstopper Tue 20-Oct-15 19:01:30

In that context, reporting was absolutely the right thing to do.

As the owner of a fear-aggressive dog, I would absolutely offer to pay for the vet bill, feel mortified, and be wondering what steps to take next. Except that's unlikely to happen as she is always under my immediate control.

Appalled by the man's attitude and treatment of the dog (no wonder it has aggression issues). And glad your dog seems o.k.

Dontbesilly Tue 20-Oct-15 22:16:20

Thank you. Your reaction was exactly what I had expected from him. Sadly it ended in the police. If he had apologised, even offered to pay for a vet check or took responsibility then it would have been different. But no.

I just hope that my dog doesn't go on to be scared of every other dog now because of todays incident. He went out tonight for his walk and seemed ok but we only encountered one dog who was also on a lead and our paths didn't cross as we were on opposite sides of the road.

Main thing is he seems to be ok. Hoping it continues.

Thanks for your replies!!!

Lovelydiscusfish Tue 20-Oct-15 23:20:50

Am so sorry to hear about this - sounds very frightening. If you don't mind me asking, what were the extent of your dogs injuries? (Just asking because of an aggressive dog in our area, there have been some suggestions to report, but am unsure what likely police reaction may be).

KiwiJude Wed 21-Oct-15 10:06:24

How horrible for you and your dog Dont. Definitely you are not overreacting. The man sounds odious, and a bully.

Dontbesilly Wed 21-Oct-15 15:42:38

Thanks everyone. flowers

Lovely - he got off lightly. No puncture wounds that we can find. He was a bit off for a while yesterday but recovered fine. He slept in his bed in our room last night as a precautions too. Vet thinks if he didn't have fur we would definitely see bruising and there is likely inflammation and tenderness due to soft tissue damage type of thing. Trouble is his lead and collar are around the throat where the dog went for him. I took the collar off and used a harness to make it easier on him. He doesn't want to be groomed today either. He is waiting for a referral to a cardiology specialist anyway so I was worried about the effects on his heart but, so far things are not nearly as bad as it could have been. I shudder now when I think about it. In RL people are very supportive locally who know us and the other dog, the walker and owner. Apparently they are "horrible", "nasty" and "nutters". I definitely did the right thing reporting him.

Our local police were fantastic. Might be worth having a confidential chat with your local police to discuss your concerns. Perhaps keep a diary etc and get proof of incidents as our police were able to act far better as I had an independent witness. Good luck with your situation as it's frightening and absolutely unnecessary.

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