Location: Walking on street in our neighborhood, Indiana
Year of attack: 2021
Tell us about the attack
Last week, March 2, 2021, at approximately between 16:00 & 16:30 our Scottie Terrier “Willie” was viciously attacked by an unleashed pit bull when a white male 30-40 yrs of age with long dark brown beard & shoulder length hair, dressed only in boxer shorts, opened the front door of the residence which he & two other men rent from its owner. The pit bull ran out of the house and immediately attacked Willie, first grabbing his neck. We wrestled the pit bull. It let go, then viciously bit Willies’ back causing two severe bites. We finally got our dog free. By the grace of God neither my wife or I were bitten. The man did not try to help us. Instead he monologued, “its not my dog”…”I don’t know who it belongs to”. We rushed Willie to immediately to our vet. He suffered deep puncture wounds and ripped tissue. Vet bill $650.
How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
First we are no longer tolerant or sympathetic with the pit bull breed. The attack on our dog was deliberate and unprovoked. The pit bull was trying to kill our dog. Know that I’m 68 years old and grew up with dogs, horses & livestock. That pit bull meant to kill our dog, so now my wife and I carry BEAR SPRAY. Pepper spray is ineffective against pit bulls or any other breed of dog. The advantage of Bear Spray is the range of 30 to 35 feet and its ability to deter a 1500 lb Grizzly. Added to it is our Conceal/Carry permits and a Platinum membership with USCCA. We will not hesitate to spray and or shoot if necessary if we are ever attacked again. Again we are no longer tolerant of pit bulls or their owners or the fairy tales spread about the breed being “sweet” or “harmless”.
The home owner, owner of the pit bull and the man who released the dog have all been cited by our city animal control officers, who are in fact police officers. A police report has been filed and we will pursue all those responsible for the attack in civil court for our vet bill and damages.
What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
Please arm yourselves with Bear Spray 9.2 ounce cans. Most come with holsters for your belt. Also recommend carrying a good sized knife such as a K Bar or other 6″ blade. If practical get a Conceal/Carry gun permit & a membership with USCCA. [Editor: Check with local authorities on the legalities for the jurisdiction you live in]. Make sure your pet is on a leash. Stay on the street that is city property. Check with new home owners or renters for new pets in the neighborhood. We had walked past the house many, many times over the years and had never seen any dogs. We had learned that recently three men had rented the home, but we had no idea they had a pit bull. If you are attacked by a pit bull or any other dog be sure call 911, or call to file a Police Report. In our city the Police notify Animal Control for you. Important.