Once in a while every city gets a dog-related story. This week we’ve been shaken by two, one on the heels of another. The first story is a heartbreaking tale of a dog with a missing leg. The second… an unfathomable tragedy that affected the entire community.
Good dog, poor dog
Yesterday, a story ran in our local paper about a young dog that apparently got caught in a leghold trap and chewed her own leg off to break free. The dog was named Jeannie. (read full story). It sounds like Jeannie’s troubles are far from over: she is extremely emaciated, has mange, and suffers from several open and infected wounds. Although her leg (or what’s left of it) needs to be amputated, the animal is too weak to undergo a surgery. They want her to put on some weight and get a little healthier first. Jeannie’s treatment is expected to cost a pretty penny, and AARCS (The Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society) is asking for donations.
Family dog gone terribly bad
Today’s story was about a tragedy in a community just north of Calgary. A family husky attacked a newborn; the little boy didn’t survive the attack. Not much is being said about what provoked dog’s aggression. All we know at the moment is the dog didn’t have a history of violence. (read full story)
My heart goes out to the family who have suffered this unimaginable loss. It’s also a reminder to all of us, canine aficionados, that dogs have teeth, and they can bite.
As Cowboy pointed in his comment to this post, the article (and the organization behind it) is against pitbulls. I have nothing against pitbulls and I don’t believe in “aggressiveness” of certain types of dogs. I believe it all boils down to a responsible dog ownership, although “ownership” is not the best word either to describe our relationship with our beloved four-legged “kids.” Please also note, in the 2nd case it’s a husky. And the circumstances of the attack are likely still under investigation.
Most dangerous situations
- Leaving an infant or toddler alone with any dog breed
- “New” situations involving children and aggressive dog breeds
- Approaching a chained dog, especially if it is male and unaltered
- Encountering a group of loose dogs. Like the human “mob” mentality, normally obedient dogs often become violent when part of a pack
- Inserting yourself into a dogfight, especially when pit bulls are involved
- Approaching a vehicle with a dog inside (or in the bed of a truck)
- Do not pet a dog without first letting him see you
- Do not lean your face close to a dog
- Do not tease a dog, especially if it is chained
- Do not startle a sleeping dog
- Do not bother a dog that is eating
- Do not disturb a dog that is caring for puppies
- Do not turn your back on a dog and run away
If you think you may be attacked
Guidelines from the HSUS
- Never scream and run
- Remain motionless, hands at your sides, and avoid eye contact with the dog
- Once the dog loses interest in you, slowly back away until he is out of sight
- If the dog does attack, “feed” him your jacket, purse, bicycle, or anything that you can put between yourself and the dog
- If you fall or are knocked to the ground, curl into a ball with your hands over your ears and remain motionless. Try not to scream or roll around
- Dog-mauling death a ‘tragic accident,’ say police (windsorstar.com)