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Two guys are doing drywall work in my garage this week.  A little while ago, one of them knocked on Mrs. big_load's office door to tell her that there was a problem with one of our canoe paddles.  

She assumed at first that they dropped something on it while moving things around.  If only that were true.   He had actually just come up from the street in front of our house, where an incident was still in progress.  A pregnant woman walking her dog was attacked by a neighbor's pit bull, a rescue dog that is never outside the house unleashed (until today) and had previously shown no signs of aggressiveness.  The drywallers heard screams and grabbed the canoe paddle, which they broke on the dog's head to no avail.  It eventually took three people to get the dog off the woman, at a time when there would normally be nobody around.  The victim had injuries to her hand, but the pit bull's owner needed treatment for symptoms of shock and possible heart attack.  Oddly, the pit bull did not harm the victim's dog.
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What color was the paddle?

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What color was the paddle?

Green plastic blade and green plastic-coated aluminum shaft.

I'm glad it wasn't one of our nice bent-wood paddles. (Those are safely tucked away where nobody would be tempted to re-purporse them.)
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Yah, but a good wooden paddle might have been a lot more effective in stopping the pit bull?

No baseball bat when you need it, neh?


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Unfortunately the bats are in the house.  I'm sure he would have been more successful if he knew there was one available.

ETA: the wooden paddles make poor weapons, since they are so much lighter than the aluminum ones.
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Well at least it was just the one paddle that they used. I hope both women turn out OK medically. I imagine the pit bull will be spending some time at the dog pound.
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So, the pit bull owner was in process of a heart attack before or after the pitty attacked the other woman?

Here's the thing that concerns me with my dog. Katy is very fearful of people. A few weeks ago, I twisted my ankle and fell on her first walk of the day (5am). Someone else was out walking their dogs. She wasn't even close, but yelled and asked if I was okay. Katy went ballistic.

If anything were to happen to me on one of our walks, Katy wouldn't let anyone get near me for help.

It sucks that the pitty attacked another human. :( I hate stories like that.
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So, the pit bull owner was in process of a heart attack before or after the pitty attacked the other woman?

After.  She was very distraught.  The dog was a gift from her children when her husband died, so she's quite attached to it, but she's also shocked and horrified by what happened.

Ironically, the dog's name is Chance, because they considered the adoption its second chance at a good life.
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Here's the thing that concerns me with my dog. Katy is very fearful of people. A few weeks ago, I twisted my ankle and fell on her first walk of the day (5am). Someone else was out walking their dogs. She wasn't even close, but yelled and asked if I was okay. Katy went ballistic.

If anything were to happen to me on one of our walks, Katy wouldn't let anyone get near me for help.

Looks like you've got some training work to do!

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Here's the thing that concerns me with my dog. Katy is very fearful of people. A few weeks ago, I twisted my ankle and fell on her first walk of the day (5am). Someone else was out walking their dogs. She wasn't even close, but yelled and asked if I was okay. Katy went ballistic.

If anything were to happen to me on one of our walks, Katy wouldn't let anyone get near me for help.

Looks like you've got some training work to do!

Yep. And we've been trying. We have people over, hand them to leash to walk her. She gets use to women before she gets use to men.

She's a handful, but we love her to pieces. She's just a work in progress. :)
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I love dogs and know that there are plenty of good pit bulls out there, as there are with plenty of other dogs, but there are also bad varieties of any dog out there.  I cannot imagine why the dog would attack a person for no reason.  I'm glad the drywall installers were there to help.  A lot of other people would just pass the incident by.

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IMPORTANT FACTUAL CORRECTION:

After everyone calmed down, I got a more accurate account.  The pit bull did go after the other dog, not the woman, who was relatively unscathed.  It was the dog's owner whose hand was mauled.   The pit bull had grabbed the other dog by the neck and was shaking it, and she was bit trying to pry it loose.  Being struck on the head with the canoe paddle the first couple times caused only brief interruptions in the attack.  

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The little dog is apparently OK. I don't know about the owner.  The neighbor who owns the pit bull remains very distraught and thinks she can no longer trust her dog, especially since she was bitten herself  and wasn't able to stop the attack without considerable help.
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IMPORTANT FACTUAL CORRECTION:

After everyone calmed down, I got a more accurate account.  The pit bull did go after the other dog, not the woman, who was relatively unscathed.  It was the dog's owner whose hand was mauled.   The pit bull had grabbed the other dog by the neck and was shaking it, and she was bit trying to pry it loose.  Being struck on the head with the canoe paddle the first couple times caused only brief interruptions in the attack.  

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The little dog is apparently OK. I don't know about the owner.  The neighbor who owns the pit bull remains very distraught and thinks she can no longer trust her dog, especially since she was bitten herself  and wasn't able to stop the attack without considerable help.

Yikes!  That is scary.  I carry pepper spray with us on all walks for that reason - I don't know if I'd ever be able to use it without getting my dog as well, but it gives me a small sliver of peace of mind.

I don't know that I would trust a dog after that either - having a dog of that size, with that much power - you have to be able to control them.  What if it were a kid walking the other dog?


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There's no "thinking" about it, the owner *knows* she can't trust the dog.

I never believed the "no bad dogs" mantra but some [few] are indeed just bad; but this dog likely could have been a great dog...with the right person. Pitbulls seem to attract posterior orifices...or well intentioned folks like your neighbor. That's fine, but as already noted some folks aren't suited for some dogs. If this woman had cardiac troubles from this incident the dog needs new digs now.

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My sons dog, who lives with us about half time when my son is working on a fishing boat, and I were walking with him on a leash. A lady with three corgis on one leash had come onto my property to pick berries and one of the smaller dogs slipped his collar and charged my dog. This blind, two year old boxer/Pitt stood there and let the smaller dog bite his neck and belly. It happened so fast I didn't react for what seemed like forever and when I did try to kick the little dog away the owner managed to grab it up and back away. It was scary and I can't imagine how much more so with a bigger dog. I've known a lot of good pibbles but I wouldn't keep one that had any history of attacking humans, well or any other dog breed either. But so sad when something triggers a good dog. I'm thinking maybe it was already upset and sensing an oncoming episode with its owners health. Some dogs can sense seizures before they happen so why not a cardiac emergency?

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I think she was OK before the attack, but she's not young nor in good shape and she ran half a block when she saw what was happening.  She twisted her ankle and broke her thumb as she fell while wrestling the dog.  Mrs. big_load found out that she had surgery on her hand today because they couldn't close her wounds with stitches.  The EMTs concluded that she was in shock due to her injuries and panic, although they were initially concerned about her heart.

Maybe I shouldn't be surprised, but this created more buzz in the neighborhood than when the people across the street had two cars firebombed in the early hours of Christmas morning a few years back.
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And people worry about wild predators. One of the towns in this area had a mountain lion fall asleep up in a tree in front of the courthouse. No one was hurt at all. But, of course, it was killed. And the townsfolk spread the alarm for their children. Sounds like, from this event, the real dangers are walking the sidewalks in the guise of someone's pet.

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And people worry about wild predators. One of the towns in this area had a mountain lion fall asleep up in a tree in front of the courthouse. No one was hurt at all. But, of course, it was killed. And the townsfolk spread the alarm for their children. Sounds like, from this event, the real dangers are walking the sidewalks in the guise of someone's pet.

I am definitely more nervous about dogs when hiking alone or with my dog.  Some of our trails pass near farms or country houses, and I always worry about loose dogs.  So far, so good, but we have been attacked (4 times) by the little ****-poo downstairs.

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Yikes!  That is scary.  I carry pepper spray with us on all walks for that reason - I don't know if I'd ever be able to use it without getting my dog as well, but it gives me a small sliver of peace of mind.

Saith the cop...

Douse the fight, both combatants if need be.  Your dog will recover just fine.  Spray the attacker until he breaks off the attack and then get you and your dog out of there.


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