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Do I report my neighbour's aggressive dog?

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Readerjb Thu 03-Jun-21 08:10:22

For the third time, I saw this dog (pitbull) harass others, and it was never on leash. When it frightened my little dog, who was on lead, I scooped him up for safety. The owner just smiled and suggested that I should have let them sort it out themselves. I've reported the dog to the council, and the officer now wants me to record a statement. I socialize with these people, and they would know that it's me. So, should I make it an official complaint, which could lead to a fine, or just leave at the level of a council "warning"?

LondonMzFitz Fri 04-Jun-21 11:13:07

Just adding grabbing your dog and lifting him up into your arms is about the worst thing you can do. It leaves your dog in a vulnerable position - unable to run, unable to fight back, exposed underbelly - and makes you part of the target. Walk in the opposite direction - and you have the right to be angry at that point and make your anger known! You had the opportunity then to make it very clear that you find that sort of behaviour, from both dog and owner, unacceptable.

Alioop Fri 04-Jun-21 11:23:32

Give a statement and to hell what they think, it's better than having regrets that you didn't if it attacks a dog or a child. There's a chance any dog can turn, I've scars on my face from a little Westie that bit me when I was a child. I have always had a dog myself, but you have to be a responsible owner.

MayBee70 Fri 04-Jun-21 11:26:52

LondonMzFitz

Just adding grabbing your dog and lifting him up into your arms is about the worst thing you can do. It leaves your dog in a vulnerable position - unable to run, unable to fight back, exposed underbelly - and makes you part of the target. Walk in the opposite direction - and you have the right to be angry at that point and make your anger known! You had the opportunity then to make it very clear that you find that sort of behaviour, from both dog and owner, unacceptable.

I disagree. The Staffie that went for my dog went for her back legs. Walking away would have just enabled it to do so. These attacks happen in the blink of an eye and you don’t know which part of your dog the other dog will go for. And once a dog of that kind has a grip on your dog it’s game over. It’s terrifying.

SuRu Fri 04-Jun-21 11:34:08

Some years ago, a very aggressive dog came out through her (not very secure) wire fence and sank her teeth into my dog's back. The police weren't interested because I hadn't been bitten, but the dog warden got involved. It transpired that the dog was a Pit Bull and not a Staffie, so the owners had to pay £750.00. I think this was a licence to keep a "dangerous dog". I asked them to have their fence strengthened in lieu of paying my vet's bill. Which they never did. I was so pleased when they and their dog moved out of the area.

Jaye53 Fri 04-Jun-21 11:44:20

Sorry can't advise but surely a muzzle needs to be used when near children and in open spaces. I would hate a tragedy to happen

bear1 Fri 04-Jun-21 12:56:55

its the owner who needs reporting not the dog , sounds like the dog has not been socialised with other dogs or trained, if you are sure its a pit bull you should report to police as they are a banned breed in uk and if the owner is not keeping on a lead and dog is harressing others how long befor it bites and maybe kills a dog or person

Lin52 Fri 04-Jun-21 13:05:55

Yes.

grandtanteJE65 Fri 04-Jun-21 13:25:34

Yes, make the statement the officer you reported this to suggested.

Otherwise you will get nowhere and still be worried whenever you encounter this animal.

It sounds to me as if the owner has made no effort to train the dog properly, and you obviously fear the dog will attack someone some day.

oodles Fri 04-Jun-21 13:41:14

for sure a little dog cannot properly defend itself from a big one there have been many small dogs killed by out of control big ones. The small one might fight back but a staffie sized dog can pick up a yorkie or dachshund size dog no problems and shake them to death. Good to report it

Mealybug Fri 04-Jun-21 13:42:51

We had a similar problem in my town, not next door to me thankfully but this dog was left to roam free everyday and whilst it was out it killed a large number of local cats and injured dogs on leads. The neighbours got together and reported it at every opportunity but it took a while because the dog warden, police and council would do nothing. Eventually the dog was taken off the couple by the police and warden but it was a long fight.

Nanananana1 Fri 04-Jun-21 15:38:50

A dog showing ANY aggression towards another dog or a human being is a menace and potentially downright dangerous. No owner can safely say "oh he wouldn't hurt anyone". They have and they do. It is an animal first and foremost and the owners are being irresponsible and thoughtless

If your child ran at someone using threatening behaviour, yelling and screaming and bearing their teeth you would soon get complaints

I am a dog lover and welcome friendly, well trained, obedient dogs (or owners) but this dog needs to be on a lead and have a muzzle until it learns some manners, as do the owners

Aepgirl Fri 04-Jun-21 15:42:11

I have a friend who reported an aggressive dog, and owner, to the police who took no action.

A week or two later it attacked and killed her dog, and then turned on her causing her to fall and shatter her shoulder. The police then took action and the dog was destroyed - far too late.

4allweknow Fri 04-Jun-21 16:32:27

What would your neighbour do if when allowing two dogs to "sort it out" one is mauled and seriously injured? You should try to discuss how they allow their dog to run free when knowing how it behaves. Not everyone likes dogs indeed some people are scared of them and having a dog run at them could be quite distressing. If they are not receptive to you telling them about your concerns we'll just report them. How would you feel if you leave it and someone is injured.

Dylant1234 Fri 04-Jun-21 19:43:28

I think their statement “to let the dogs sort it out” says it all! Clearly these owners think a fight between two dogs - one of which appears to be quite aggressive- is fine. They say it’s usually the owners at fault when dogs attack and these two very irresponsible people would bear this out.
In this country (U.K.) it’s definitely worth reporting so that there is a written record of the dog’s behaviour then, if something awful did happen, the owners can be prosecuted and can’t claim that they ‘didn’t know’ or that it was the ‘first time’.

earnshaw Fri 04-Jun-21 20:35:23

something should be done, its strange how many people are oblivious to their dogs faults , so many say, my dog would not do that, ,, till it does, I do feel for you because am not sure which way to go ,

bobbydog24 Fri 04-Jun-21 22:30:49

My dog was recently attacked by an American bulldog that flew through a thick privet hedge to get at him. Owner who was in the garden at the time kept shouting, she’s fine she won’t hurt your dog as it was grabbing my poor terrified dog by the neck. She was full of apologies. He was fine physically but was like a nervous wreck for hours. Why people have these type of dogs I’ll never know. Just last week there was a post on Facebook where a 15 week old cockerpoo puppy was attacked and killed by a loose staffie.

Daisydaisydaisy Sat 05-Jun-21 02:53:23

Hi there
I agree with Welbeck...
My concern is particularly with children...imagine if the dog was was feeling hot and bothered so therefore turned ..there maybe no second chances....sad

love0c Sat 05-Jun-21 10:07:35

Yes most definitely. Should it attack in the future you know you did all you could to avert it.

LondonMzFitz Sat 05-Jun-21 12:38:00

www.animalfriends.co.uk/blog/what-should-i-do-if-my-dog-is-attacked/

"You should never pick up your dog in an effort to protect them, as this will encourage the attacking dog to leap at you".

The OP says the other dog harassed her dog, worried her dog, not that it had teeth into her dog.