Unprovoked pit bull attack in dog park; pit bull owner skips out on responsibility

Name: Stay Vigilant
Victim: Pet
Location: Unfenced dog park, Oregon
Year of attack: 2022

Tell us about the attack

My husky and I had just gotten to the unfenced dog park and were standing by ourselves in the large field when an unknown pit bull charged from 200 feet away. It attacked my dog immediately after puffing up for a second, putting a fang all the way through his nasal cavity.

The pit bull owner tried to claim the two dogs fought each other. His claim is invalid because he was not even on scene to witness what was happening until after I was able to get his pit bull off my dog. The pit bull had run up and immediately attacked with no provocation or warning.

Afterwards, I made an eight minute video of the pit bull growling and lunging at us, on a leash this time, while the pit bull owner — instead of trying to make his pit bull stop — got out his phone to film me trying to protect myself by documenting. He called me a Karen while my dog had blood pouring down his face.

How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
The pit bull attack impacted my entire week negatively. I was distracted by the stress and, kept processing it even during business meetings. I got a headache and couldn’t sleep from thinking about the attack and how the pit bull owner didn’t take responsibility. He did after community identification and said he’d pay the emergency vet bill, but then ghosted the whole situation.

Legal Consequences
I’ve filed a report. The pit bull has been labeled a nuisance. I’d like to hold the pit bull owner accountable to pay the vet bill still.

What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
Please be careful. I had let my guard down as it’s rare any dogs show aggression to my dog, and it was a great day prior to this. This pit bull attack came out of nowhere.