Location: Walking in my neighborhood, Oregon
Year of attack: 2022
Tell us about the attack
I allowed my dog (a boxer) to meet and greet two other dogs (a pit bull and an Australian shepherd) that were pulling on their leashes with a lady who said she was a friend of their owner. The two dogs sandwiched my boxer tightly. Then the pit bull and my dog started snarling. I tried to pull my dog away but the pit bull bit deeply into my dog’s neck and would not let go. The lady and I were screaming and struggling to hold onto the dogs as we rolled around on the ground with them, trying to pull them apart. The pit bull did not release my dog’s throat until a man passing in a truck stopped and put his hands around the pit bull’s neck long enough to make it gasp for air and let go. I took my dog to an emergency vet. After a several hour wait, she underwent surgery. She was given staples and a drain tube in her neck.
How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
I have been suffering since from PTSD. I am struggling to do my regular daily tasks and it takes all my energy to make it to work each day and to take care of my 9-year old daughter, along with my wounded dog.
As this was my first time experiencing this, I did not think to exchange contact information. I don’t know what happened to the pit bull. Its owner did not try to help with any of my vet bills.
What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
Do not ever allow your dog to meet and greet pit bulls. I used to try to be open-minded about pit bulls being just like any other dog. Now I know first hand that, unfortunately, they carry higher aggression and injury risk with their bite and hold tendency.