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Attack by pitbull mix in dog park

Name: AB
Victim: Adult, Pet
Location: Dog park, Massachusetts
Year of attack: 2020

Tell us about the attack

I brought a 9 month old 10 pound Pomeranian puppy to a dog park where a pitbull/lab mix descended on him and latched onto him. His owners were unable to pry him off and despite multiple people trying to pull his jaw open, he stayed latched on. I managed to get my fingers in between his incisors to prevent fatal injuries, but my dog still sustained substantial injuries and I had to go to emergency care for treatment on my hand.

What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
Pitbulls may be sweet to their owners, but when they decide to attack/latch on to something, there’s very little anyone can do at that moment. Their jaw strength is deadly. No matter how “friendly” someone says their pitbull is, it’s the dog itself who decides whether it is wants to be friendly and who it wants to be friendly to.


Two loose pit bulls chase horse and rider and attack black lab

Name: Cynthia
Victim: Pet
Location: front yard, Massachusetts
Year of attack: 2020

Tell us about the attack
Two loose pit bulls charged out of a wooded area and circled me with my horse as I rode down my street. Upon returning home, while trying to alert my family including elderly parents and young nephews who were waiting outside in my yard, the pit bulls stopped circling the horse and ran straight for the 4 family dogs (2 Welsh corgis, one golden retriever and one black lab). Before the humans and animals could be rushed inside to safety, the two pit bulls attacked the black lab, latched onto and bit his hind leg. The police were called and the dogs were trapped in a nearby fenced horse paddock. The owners were out of town and the dog sitter had not noticed their escape. The black lab was transported to emergency vet for treatment and the pit bulls were ordered to quarantine.

How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
I was convinced these dogs would attack me and the horse as we traveled down the street. They circled us and I was fearful for them to attack me at any moment. They bit at the horse’s hind legs and when I tried kicking them away, they didn’t care. This is an event I won’t soon forget. The police department was not cooperative (these attacks are not common in my town) and they said we don’t have any power to do anything as there is no leash law. I discovered where the dogs lived only by knocking on doors in my neighborhood. One neighbor told me these dogs had chewed a bumper off his car while they were trying to get at a rodent that had made its way into the engine area. I am now afraid these dogs will return since they know where my animals live and my other dogs, family and horses.

Legal Consequences
The owner tells me she will pay my $1000 vet bill but I still have not seen the police report I requested. I will write to my local paper and explain the incident to get attention if she doesn’t relocate the dogs. I will also need to take her to court if she doesn’t pay the vet bill. My dog is traumatized from this experience and I can no longer feel safe allowing him outside within his own invisible-fenced yard.

What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
These pit bulls are not family pets and have no place in suburban neighborhoods.


Unprovoked attack of 64 year old woman walking down the street

Name: DS
Victim: Adult
Location: While victim was taking a walk in the street to retrieve mail, Massachusetts
Year of attack: 2020

Tell us about the attack
My 64 year old mother was visiting and decided to walk down the road to our mailbox (private drive so the mailbox was on the public way). As she was walking by our home, our neighbor let her dogs out (off leash). They immediately ran to my mother barking and without stopping the pit mix lunged and ragdolled my mother’s leg and bit her knee. The neighbor called the dogs off, saw how much blood there was and immediately drove her to the local urgent care, which sent her to the ER because her injuries were too severe. Just 45 minutes earlier she had been taking my child (2 years old) for a walk in that exact spot. The ER physician said her injuries would have killed my child. A professional specializing in aggressive dogs classified the bites as Level 5 on the Dunbar scale, warranting euthanasia.>

How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
Our neighbors refused to get rid of the dog, claiming "its not like he mauled your mother." It was beyond traumatizing. We stopped speaking with them after they allowed their teen to walk the dog past our house on a 30 ft double lead w/ their other 90lb dog, no muzzle, no leverage over the dogs, no adult. For 2 months I did not take my child in our own yard to play because this dog was right across the street and I didn't trust, on the basis of their statements being clearly in denial and history letting their dogs off leash, that they wouldn't slip up and let it happen again. We ultimately moved away when 5 months later my husbamd was offered a job out of state. Very traumatizing. Ruined our enjoyment of our property and our relationship with our neighbors.

Legal Consequences
Owners fined. That was it. Absolutely shocking.
Animal control said their hands were tied because prior bite victims on our street didn't report. Not even a muzzle order – they initially refused to even look at photos of my mother's injurires! The police were demeaning to me when I inquired about pressing charges against the owners since they knew of prior bites and let the dog off leash anyway. They told me to 'seek mental help' because I was crying realizing my irresponsible neighbors who didn't believe their dog was dangerous were all that stood between us & another attack. We got a professional opinion it would happen again; it made no difference. My parents got a lawyer to complain to our town for a more severe punishment but with COVID the required hearing never happened.

What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
To pay attention to concerning behavior in dogs before it escalates, and report dog bites or other aggression to ensure public record accurately reflects the dog's history in the event of a more serious incident. This dog always exhibited aggression and was often off leash *in our yard* yet we never said anything cause we didn't want to be mean neighbors. Then the other 2 bite victims on our street didn't report their minor incidents. Then my 64 year old limping mother was severely attacked on an unprovoked basis in the street just walking to get mail. Absolutely no consequences because nobody had the courage to report before – and our neighbors were shocked like this came out of nowhere. Our lives changed in an instant. 45 minutes earlier and that could have been my toddler dead.