pit bull attack
I'm increasingly afraid of a pit bull attack. It has happened once already and the situation is likely. I was walking my two dogs a couple of years ago and they were attacked by pit bulls. Luckily, the owners immediately tackled their dogs, told me to run and I did. No one was hurt.
My dogs are Dan and Bitsy. Dan is a 90 lb. mixed breed, rescued (best guess, chow, german shepherd and lab) neutered male who is about 7 years old. He seems to reflect the other dog. If they are not aggressive, neither is he. If they are aggressive, so is he. Bitsy is a rat terrier who is about 16 years old and weighs about 20 lbs. She's old, slow and deaf, but doesn't know it. She was pretty aggressive when she was young, but seems to have mellowed.
Within my block, there are numerous tethered pit bulls that are or seem to be dog aggessive. There's one blue pit bull female that can climb the fence and is not tethered. Luckily, she has not been very aggressive. She's climbed the fence on numerous occasions when we are near, but has submitted to Dan and "visits" with Bitsy. Meanwhile, I'm having a heart attack. I envision horrible damage and huge vet bills. (A dog was killed in front of this house, which also has two tethered dogs, a couple of weeks ago. The owner blamed the bird dog across the street.)
My whole neigborhood is full of similar dogs. Who knows which ones are aggressive and which ones are not? How do you protect your dogs from this menace? Do you just assume that all pit bull looking dogs that are loose are agressive? That has been the way I've handled it in the past. If I see some loose dogs, I go the other way. With the gray female, she was impossible to evade, as she came over the fence when we went by.
Of course, these dogs are loose. My dogs are on leash. If a fight were to ensue, my dogs are at a disadvantage. Do I let them loose?
I carry pepper spray, but will it work? How about a golf club? That's not easy to carry, as I have a leash in each hand. I have a concealed carry permit, but I'm not sure I could shoot the right dog. I've never carried a gun on a walk, but again, I'm worried. Pit Bulls can be so viscious and they are common in my neighborhood.
Of course, I will continue to avoid the situation if I see it in advance. I just worry about not seeing it in advance. I don't think I'm overly paranoid. I was walking with them down the street last week, and a pit bull was trying to dig out of his yard, clearly very aggressive. I knocked on the door and told the owner. They stuck a concrete block on the spot the dog was digging. How long will it take to find another spot. What if he gets out?
I've done searches on the internet on how to protect yourself from attacks, but they are usually geared to dogs attacking people. There's nothing I can find about how to protect yourself and your dogs from loose pit bulls.
Am I overly paranoid? Anyone have any ideas? I'm always worried when I go by the house where the dog was killed. I always pause and make sure the gate is closed. It wasn't once and the gray female came out and was somewhat aggressive. I pulled Dan away and made him go on down the road.
I wish my city would outlaw them.