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Old 11-23-2012, 04:01 PM
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This certainly justifies carrying pepper spray.

Would pepper spray get a dog to release?

I'd give my opinion of what should be done with these two dogs, but I will also bite my tongue.


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This certainly justifies carrying pepper spray.

Would pepper spray get a dog to release?

I'd give my opinion of what should be done with these two dogs, but I will also bite my tongue.


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In the heat of the moment it's hard to spray pepper spray or mace accurately and you might just end up spraying your own dog instead of the attacking dog. JMO.
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OP, do you know the owners of the Pitbulls? I often wonder what people do if you don't know the dog or the owner(s).

My Pom was attacked and I didn't know the owner nor the dog. Somehow, my brother tracked him down as someone I described the guy and dog to said she saw them in the neighborhood. But, I didn't know the name of the owner(s) so the Municipal Government (incl. 'Animal Control) wouldn't do anything. They were totally uncooperative. It didn't matter that they had an address. Privacy laws! You need their names.

If the dog bit a person, I'm sure it would be a whole different story.

Since, it's another animal, even a pet dog, they do nothing. Not sure how it is there.

I definitely recommend carrying pepper spray. Yes, I would bet money it would stop an attacking dog. Just make sure you spray the attacker in the eyes.
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In the heat of the moment it's hard to spray pepper spray or mace accurately and you might just end up spraying your own dog instead of the attacking dog. JMO.
The pepper spray I had, I'm sure I could spray the other dog. The spray goes a fair distance. As long as it's not too old and still works properly, anyone should be able to aim it accurately.

If it ends up spraying your own dog, as long as you get the attacker, then so what, right? Do you want your dog with wounds at the vet or the slim chance, it will need eye drops?
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I am just reading all that now.. so sorry this happened to you guys. Hope for a fast recovery. And hopefully a teaching moment for the reckless owner..
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Oh gosh ...that 's not good. Here in NZ, Animal Control is Very strict, especially when it comes to Pitbulls. We have had quite a number of children & adults badly mauled by this breed & they are now banned from being brought into NZ. I do hope Barley & your wife are not too traumatised. That must have been terrifying for them both. A couple of days ago, we took our fifteen week old GR Loki & our six year old papillon on a different route for their evening stroll. Like your wife & Barley, we were suddenly confronted by a young Doberman, who appeared on the pavement at the end of his owner's driveway, unleashed. No human in sight. We were really alarmed, as he stood there staring at us. We turned our backs on him as calmly as we could, & walked quickly back the way we had come. I told my husband to snatch up the papillon & I would heave up the puppy, if we heard him running up behind us ......I was walking the puppy. At the end of the road, amazingly we were suddenly confronted by another young Doberman, unleashed, who came sprinting down his driveway, & like the first one, stood staring at us. We moved very quickly around the corner, I can tell you. Thank god, neither of our dogs barked. These Dobermans looked to be a similar age, around a couple of years old. No gates or fences on front of either property. So scary.
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Poor baby... Hope he and your wife recover quickly. I had a dog attack me when I lived in NY. I called animal control, they told me to call the police and the police in turn told me to call animal control. I called them back and someone finally took the report. It took them a day or so before they talked to the dogs owner. Good luck and I agree the owner of the pits need to pay the vet bills. Get statements from anyone that helped or saw the incident and take pictures of both your wife's and the dogs wounds. If the pit owner refuses to help with the bills; take them to small claims court. Good luck
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I just ordered this. I got the regular pepper spray, not the diluted dog deterrent spray. If a pitbull wants to kill my dog, I don't want to have to worry about not having enough potency to stop him in his tracks.

By the way, it's not just pitbulls. It seems as though everyone in my neighborhood feels the need to walk their dogs off leash. One particular yellow lab sneaks up on us in the dark. He seems friendly enough, but his owner is not. I told him I didn't like his dog sneaking up on us after about the 5th time this happened, and he unleashed a tirade of verbal threats. I would not hesitate to use this on him as well. Of course, I'd rather not have to. And....no, I would not use it on this particular dog, as he has not shown to be a threat.

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Dallas Gold,

Thanks for the tip on the possible risk of getting it in my own dog's eyes, but it's a risk I'm willing to take given the alternative. I would guess it would be easier for the dog to forget about temporary burning eyes vs. deep gashes and dozens of stitches. The advice is good nonetheless. It's probably best to use it only if absolutely necessary.

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A lil update...we now have pepper spray to take with us on walks as a just in case. We were walking down that same street the other night and a jack russell terrier came bounding out of a homes back yard where the gate wasn't locked, barking his head off and charging us a bit. Barley got very scared and tried to run, but I held him and we just backed up slowly and then turned around. Guess that street is cursed!

Walking Barley is....different for sure. A lil PTSD I guess. He's very concerned with keeping an eye out in front/behind/across the street from us, and jumps at every little noise. It's getting a lil better every day so far, so that is promising.

We got all the paperwork to animal control, and I finally talked to an officer. They will investigate the dogs as potentially dangerous, but it could be a couple months before they get to the case. In the meantime we are responsible for contacting the owners about our bills, so I'll be doing that this weekend and see what they say. Barley's stitches come out on Saturday!
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