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Dog attack led to stroke then death.

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Rhubina29 Thu 28-Jun-18 09:10:38

While walking my 2 dogs on their leads in our local park, they were attacked by a loose border terrier. In the last few weeks this dog has attacked them 3 times, despite me asking the owner (he lives 3 doors away from me) to keep his dog under control. My gentle 10 year old Welshie has always barked at other dogs, warning them to keep away, as he was attacked on his lead when a puppy. The owner of the border terrier knew about this. This last attack was the longest and, on the way home my Welshie stumbled a few times - he is normally sure footed. On reaching home he drank from his water bowl, then was sick. The next morning he stood looking at his breakfast without eating. Things got worse and, by the following day I had to take him to the emergency Vet as he had lost the use of his front legs. The Vet said he'd had a stroke, which may have developed from the dog attack. On Monday, I took the decision to have him put to sleep and, will collect his ashes today. I am devastated. He is missed by myself and, my other dog, who howled like a wolf in the early hours of the following morning. I hate the border terrier owner for what he has caused and, know this feeling will stay with me for the rest of my life. I have begun warning every other dog owner I meet about what happened to my beloved Benji. Do I report the border terrier owner to the Police or, sue him? Has anyone else a similar experience?

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missbattenburg Thu 28-Jun-18 09:21:28

Rhubina29 in case the rest of what I say sounds harsh I want to say our JRTs was attacked a few years ago by an off lead dog in the street. She was skinned from her front legs to her back, required emergency surgery through the night and was in a body cast for weeks. It was only her age, fitness and fiesty nature that saved her, I think. So I do know how you feel.

I also understand the need for retaliation. For the other owner to suffer a little bit of what you and your dog suffered.

I also know that vengeance does not help you grieve and move on. It keeps you stuck there, in the misery. It does no good, in the long run.

By all means, the owner should know that the fight resulted in the elderly dog's death. The police should know if he is not keeping his dog under proper control. But then, from experience, I would highly recommend you find ways to put it behind you and move on. It is hard to do so, I know. But it is for the best. xx

BiteyShark Thu 28-Jun-18 10:43:42

I don't really have any advice but I am so sorry flowers

kingjofferyworksintescos Thu 28-Jun-18 11:32:03

I'm so sorry You and your other little dog must be heartbroken be strong for each other x, no advice just didn't want to pass without saying something thanks

pigsDOfly Thu 28-Jun-18 12:13:52

What an awful experience. I so sorry to hear this. flowers

If you really feel the dog is likely to attack other dogs it might be a good idea to speak to your local dog warden and explain what happened to your beloved dog.

The police probably won't be interested in a dog on dog attack I'm afraid. Although, still worthwhile having a word with them, particularly as the attack resulted in your dog's death.

HyacinthsBucket70 Thu 28-Jun-18 12:49:14

My dog was attacked recently for the 3rd time by the same dog. This time, our dog has needed lots of vet treatment and ended up with a massive haematoma on his chest. We're only getting somewhere with the Police because my hand got injured - my dogs injuries are irrelevant. You may get further with a dog warden if you have one.

I'm so dreadfully sorry for your loss. The rage I'm feeling hasn't lessened at all, and I'd make sure that every local dog owner is aware of the danger flowers.

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