I should preface by we don't attend dog parks in general;however, this particular one has an annual fee as well as a "screening" process every 6-months to ensure the dogs are friendly. All over 9-months of age must be spayed or neutered. Dory has been a regular since 2-weeks past her last puppy shots.
Yesterday, we go. She's having fun, running around, loving on all the humans, etc. A dog(pitbul, boy, 2 years old) who has been going as long as her starts to play with her. They're playing & I notice he starts to get rough. I start to walk over & notice he's now being aggressive. I call for her to come to me- she starts to come & he pounced. She instantly goes on her belly & he starts attacking. The owner and myself are effortlessly trying to pull him off of her. She's yelping, multiple people are screaming at him. And then some other dog owner kicks the pitbul & he finally lets go.
There was a lot of blood. She has major gashes in her rib area. I'm covered in blood. My adrenaline is pumping so hard I don't even realize I was bit in the process of trying to separate them. Poor Dory never tried to fight back, she lied there submissive and cried.
She got 16 stitches to her side & I got 6 to my hand and 11 staples to my forearm.
We obviously won't be back. The owner hasn't offered to pay for anything. Cops were called & the dog left with animal services for now.
A lot of the regulars said I can call the owner of this park(a local vet) and explain what happened to see if there is any recourse for the owner to pay.
We're both very shook up. I'm afraid of how this will make her around other dogs now... and heartbroken as I should have known better.
Please send healing prayers & prayers she can avoid infection as our emergency vet said even with antibiotics she's at high risk.
My poor sweet pup.