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Dog park nightmare...

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.
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Edited- she rolled on her back, not belly.
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Ugh, that's just awful. I am so sorry to hear about your baby. My ex boyfriend's corgi was attacked in a similar way but he pretty much stalked the owners until they paid the bills. Unfortunately his dog suffered from emotional trauma and last
I knew he was still not back to his old self. I highly suggest talking to a trainer to see if you can help her emotional recovery. Even if she's acting normal I would still do it just in case. Also - are you talking about Dog Wood Park? I used to take my Aussie to the one in Gainesville. Praying everything turns out ok!
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Oh, that is dreadful! You poor thing! How are you? You're just as much at risk of infection as she is, so don't forget to look after yourself, too.
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I'm sorry this happened. How awful for you and for your pup. I would echo what the other person said about hiring a trainer or behaviorist to help you both regain your confidence.
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So sorry to hear this and relieved to hear that Dory did not sustain any irreparable harm. I encourage you to pursue help from the offending dog's owners. This is important not just for your own pocket, but for the need of responsibility of this owner and all other dog owners, regardless of breed..

I'm not a dog park user, but this story and others like it make me think I won't be in the future either.

I just don't understand the fascination with pit type breeds. I know that good breeding and training make the dog, but they were bred to fight. My area of the country is filled with pits and pit mixes. We looked at the local shelter for a long while, but found almost every dog was either a pit mix or a chihuahua mix, neither of which were what we were wanting for our family.

Perhaps Dory's pain (and yours as well) brought attention to this dog's potential to harm and saved the life of another dog or a child.

Heal well and quickly
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I'm so sorry this has happened to Dory and you. No wonder you are shaken up.

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I'm so sorry this happened and that you and Dory were hurt.
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I am so very sorry to hear this. How very frightening for both you and Dory. I would definitely think the owner of the aggressive dog should be held responsible for all of your expenses. It's good the police got involved right away, that may help your case. If possible you may ask to get a copy of the police report.

Sending good thoughts your way and hope you both heal quickly.

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That sounds awful! My heart started racing just reading your story. You should definitely pursue the owner for medical expenses, yours and Dory's. The fact that the dog bit you, and did so much damage is very serious. The police should be doing something about the dog biting a person and the owner might be laying low until the shock wears off, but they should speak with you soon I hope.



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