It was one of my brothers. Now I have something to write about.
On Wednesday he was attacked by a pit bull when he was out jogging.
He sustained multiple bites up his legs, requiring stitches in his ankle by the Achilles tendon. He won't be jogging for a bit.
The dog is in quarantine and then will most likely be put down. The dog came tearing out of a house at him. The owners tried to stop the dog and chase it off, but it circled him and came back, attacking four times. My brother was finally able to get himself into an enclosed porch and relative safety.
Six weeks prior to this, the dog had attacked someone, but no charges were filed - a family member perhaps? The dog should have been taken care of then, but it wasn't.
There are lots of kids that play outside in that neighborhood and a home with older people who go out with walkers. Was this a blessing in disguise? I think so.
My brother was able to withstand the attack and get himself to safety. Yes, he was badly hurt, but almost anyone else would have been killed that day. Or another day in the near future. It comes so close on the heels (June 6) of a child being killed in Maine by a pit bull.
We need responsible dog owners. We need people to realize that first and foremost a dog is a dog, not a human, not a toy, not a baby... and, as such, it has instincts. Even when you try to train and domesticate the "fire" out of them, it is still there. They are a dog.
on your toes;
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by Donna JT Smith, June 17, 2016
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