What would you do in this situation?

My neighbors have a dog. Yes,he is a Pit Bull,and before you guys say anything about me bashing the breed, you need to read this story.

The neighbors have ZERO control over this dog. He constantly escapes and can jump their 6 foot fence. I love dogs,and the dog being in my yard wouldnt have been an issue,but he loves to terrorize my dogs(who by the way are in a secure kennel,because I am a responsible owner). Anyways,the first few times he escaped,we let it go. A few more times go by,and we discussed this with the neighbor. They had no solution to the problem. To them, it WASN’T a problem.

One Sunday morning,my wife and I are getting dressed for church. We had a stray dog living with us until we could track down his owners. My wife decided to take him out to do his business before we left. All of a sudden I hear her screaming. The Pit Bull next door had jumped the fence,and chased my wife holding the dog in her arms,knocked over my wife,and began to maul the dog. I grabbed my baseball bat and began to hit the Pit Bull over the head repeatedly and he never let go. The neighbors were screaming at me to STOP HITTING THEIR DOG. ZERO concern for my wife or my animal. Eventually the owner got our dog loose but then the Pit attacked again. So we were back to square one. At this time,my wife is on the phone with the police. We get our dog loose,and blood is everywhere. He can barely walk or breathe. So, I grab the dog and take him to the emergency vet clinic while my wife waits for the police.

I get to the emergency clinic and there really wasnt nothing the vet could do. Our dog had punctured lungs,broken ribs,enlarged heart,and a three inch gash on his neck. She stated the best thing to do is put him down,so I did.

I returned home and my wife said the neighbors were blaming us and that our dog provoked everything. I asked my wife what had happened when she went outside with the dog,and she said that she had our dog,on his leash and out of nowhere the Pit Bull jumps and chases her. She stated the neighbors were nowhere outside. I didnt see what went down,but I take my wife’s word on it.

I called the neighbor so we could have a sit down discussion. The first thing I mentioned was that they were going to pay for the medical visit,and the declined,so then I mentioned going to court and then they changed their minds and said they were going to pay. Then the husband started saying that his dog is only "animal aggressive" and not "people aggressive" which is true,but does that really make it ok? Our animals should not have to suffer like that. Needless to say,the talk with the neighbors did no good.

Two weeks later,I’m outside cleaning my truck out,when I hear some ruckus next door. I go to look,and the Pit Bull is BACK in my yard,and begins to run after me. I stand my ground and the dog goes straight for my neck. I pushed him off four times before the neighbor came get him, and yes,we called the cops again,which they were really upset about. Sad thing was,the cop on duty had four Pit Bulls,so he was more sympathetic with the neighbors and allowed them to keep the dog,but told them that if anything dealing with this dog happens again,they will take him in(strike 3).

A week passes by.I’m doing yard work and the wife(neighbor) is outside with the Pit Bull. He’s on a leash. She look over at me with a grin on her face,goes to kiss her dog(I’m guessing to show me that he’s "really a sweetheart") and the dog bites her,on her chin,and would not let go. She’s screaming for her husband so I take off running toward her. She’s yelling at me: "DON’T CALL THE COPS..AHHHH..DO NOT CALL THE COPS!

I called the cops,because I thought it was the right thing to do. What if I didnt and that dog would have killed her? Then I would be in trouble for not assisting someone in danger.

When the cops her there,she’s bleeding really bad,but the whole time she’s cursing at me and telling me I was wrong. They took her dog away,and did not pass the temperament testing,so he will be put to sleep. My neighbors now hate me,but atleast I’m safe…hopefully

What would you have done?

PS..American Pit Bull Terrier is the breed,and no,I didnt hate the breed…until now

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11 Responses to “What would you do in this situation?”

  1. milo85 says:

    You were absolutely in the right. The only thing I would have done differently is to do something sooner if there was something to be done. Sounds like the police weren’t doing their job.

  2. JessicaM says:

    You did the right thing. This dog was probably not socialized very well and also probably had complete dominate control over that whole family. It’s not the dogs fault, it’s the owners. And at the point the dog was at even a professional trainer couldn’t do anything for the dog.

  3. Abbi says:

    OMG! they should crate their dog!!!!
    that is so mean. if i were you i will call animal control and tell them about your neighbours dog going in your property and how their dog annoy yours!!!

    plus, talk to your neighbour.

    good luck 🙂

  4. Lyn says:

    I would have done the same as you did. What a horrible thing to have to deal with this drama on a daily basis.

  5. Barry says:

    Pit bulls are a catch 22 situation. Dont for get, do your neigbours know you go to church? If so, then they may be detesting you.Remember, gods children will be persecuted.

  6. Liz says:

    In all honesty, the second that dog killed my dog I would have made sure that the dog was re-homed. If the police did not do anything (which they should have because it was your property) I would have called Animal Control. There is no excuse for that. Pit Bulls can be sweet when properly trained and do not belong with those owners. My dog was attacked on my property by a neighbor dog and luckily the dog was taken away. I am sorry to hear about your dog and your crummy neighbors. Hopefully they will come to realize it was the best decision not only for your safety, but theirs.

  7. Jessie says:

    You were more than patient.

    These people had ample warning and evidence that their dog was dangerous and they failed to resolve the situation.

    You did the right thing.

  8. Elsey says:

    you did the right thing…personally i think calling the police is always the right thing to do in a scary/bad situation…that dog was plain dangerous…and if it wasn’t your dog it could have been another’s…that dog wasn’t trained right…Pitt bull should always be on a leash…regardless of its past, bad or good…i also have neighbors with p-bulls…..and they walk them twice a day…and once at night…they constantly need attention..or they’ll get mean….

  9. susan says:

    FIrst and for most you did the right thing. It ws not really the dogs fault, but the owners so don,t feel bad. I work at a busy Vet practice and rarely see bad Pit bulls but on occasion we do see bad dogs in general. It is usually 100% the owners. We do sometimes put a health dog down due to it being dangerous. It,s a sad reality but I too would have done the same thing. P.S. With neighbors like them it is not like you were going to be friends so just ignore them. Vet Tech

  10. lde10475 says:

    Pits can be nice dogs and any breed of dog can be dangerous. Thank God most dogs of all breeds are not a threat. You did what had to be done and I assume you would have done it even if the dog were a golden retriever. Regardless of the fact that the dog had attacked his own owner and she asked you not to call, you have to consider how you would feel if you had not called and the next time the dog got ahold of a child. This dog had given you plenty of reason to believe that he had gone from being "just" dog aggressive (which also is completely unacceptable) to being human aggressive as well. I can tell that this was not easy for you and I’m sorry. It had to be done.

  11. Aduial says:

    I love pit bulls and always will. The problem is ignorant owners that can’t train or control their dogs. Pit bulls are powerful and need to be with experienced and attentive owners. You did the right thing. I don’t agree with you hating pit bulls now but this dog was certainly a danger. I’m sorry they got their dog taken away, it must be hard for them, but they should have trained it and saved it’s life that way.

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