You know when you sit back and tell people what to do and what not to do in a stressful situation, such as a dog attacking your dog… yeah, I've done that...
So tonight, Husband and I are walking Cricket on her flexi-leash around our community pond (across the street from the full kid's park), and these two dogs, off leash, come bounding up, then about 6 feet away, the bull mastiff's face changed. Cricket was about 2 feet away from them at that point. I started hauling her in, he attacked her. I jumped forward, seperated them, the little pug cross started to nip at Cricket, I pushed him off, then the mastiff bit down on Crick's right thigh and started dragging. I body plowed my elbow inbetween the shoulderblades of this dog, held it down, opened it's jaw released my dog, slapped the other dog as it was coming in again. It ran off, I held this mastiff down until I could safely allow Husband to get in and hold it. (PS all things you shouldn't do in a dog fight)
I checked Cricket over, I noticed a puncture wound on her right thigh, not bleeding a lot, but she was limping, and slobber all over her back end. I gave her my coat and kept her calm. She was snarling and biting at me and everyone that wanted to help.
Mean while... Husband has called our City police. Animal control is off at 8pm, and the police won't respond to that type of complaint. He asked what he was suppose to do. The Call Evaluater asked if the dog bit him. He said no, but if I let him go and he does, will that change your response? How about the park full of kids across the street? "no sir, there's nothing we can do, you'll just have to let him go"
A loose vicious dog just attacked a puppy sniffing a garbage can and you want me to let it go with a park of about 12 kids running and screaming while playing across the street?
Needless to say, tomorrow we fight with the City for a policy change.
Thankfully, Cricket was not horribly injured, so that we could wait a bit and were not in an absolute rush to get her help.
Thankfully we are responsible people that can not consciously release a vicious dog to attack again.
Thankfully the owners were reasonably responsible in that they were actually looking for their dogs.
Again, thankfully Cricket was not horribly injured, because we made the owners go back home to get their IDs before we released the dog to them. Oh yeah, and so we can give them the vet bill and report the incident to Animal Control in the morning....
We got to the emergency Vet's and I realized just how close I was to losing Cricket. No puncture wounds to her neck, but it was swollen and bruised pretty badly. The puncture in her thigh is not too deep and just needs to be flushed twice a day. She has some antibiotics and a pain killer.
She is doing good now, tired, but good.