Location: Walking dog around county road by my home., Colorado
Year of attack: 2020
Tell us about the attack
I take my 10 yr old Boston terrier and maltipoo puppy for daily walks. Anytime I see a dog unleashed or not contained by a fence I go the opposite direction and do not go that way again. This Saturday I saw a young pit in its yard with no fence. He was with young children and I immediately turned to go the opposite direction. The pitbull ran down his driveway and down the road to us and immediately started attacking my leased boston. I kicked and punched with all my might to get him off but the pit was latched on my bostons neck with my boston underneath him. I grabbed the pits collar and kept kicking and punching him and he got up and told him to “go home”! He stood there with his tail straight up and I knew he was going to come after me. The only thing that saved us was pepper spray.
How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
We have not gone for a walk since. I don’t feel safe to take them, I was screaming at the top of my voice at the dog and no one came out to help so guess I have to always be prepared to defend myself. I want to give them exercise but cant think of a safe place to walk them. Our boston is still recuperating from injuries and I have not heard from the deputy if anything was done. Thankfully I had the pepper spray or the pit would have started up again. I have a hard time getting to sleep now, just reliving the event seeing my boston gurgling while the pit was locked onto his neck! Very traumatic!! I do carry a gun but was told I would have received a misdemeanor if I would have shot him, plus I don’t think I could have shot him anyway. Maybe I will get a tazer.
I called the sheriffs office and they said the officer was unable to locate. That is all that was done, I am stuck with the vet bill.
What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
Please know that this can happen and have a plan. I had pepper spray in my fanny pack and was able to get to it and spray the pit in the eyes which made him run off. Before spraying him he was staring me down with his tail straight up which means he thought he was in control and ready to fight. (What the internet said)