My wife was jogging around Flynn yesterday morning as she usually does, when she came across a Staffy / Pit-bull cross who stopped her in her tracks. He came out from in front of a property and went after her. After some scrambling, falling on the ground and some panicked running she was able to hide from it. She came home a bit scratched up and very shaken up.
Neither my wife or I are scared of dogs, in fact we both love them and my wife formerly owned a Rottweiler. Earlier in the morning before this incident, she crossed paths with owners and their big dogs, and has never caused her any problems.
She went jogging again this morning and saw the dog, who was walking along with another dog and it’s owner, and caused her no grief. The person walking their dog was not the owner. So it appears this dog is out often with no supervision.
My questions are these:
1. WTF is this dog not behind a fence, or at very least out and about under owners supervision? We all know the stories that we read about each year with kids and adults alike being mauled, sometime to death by these breeds. I believe it should be enforceable to have these dogs supervised or behind a fence at all times if people keep insisting on owning them.
2. While neither of us want to have this animal separated from it’s owner, or the welfare of the dog jeopardised – what is the best way to make sure the owner puts this dog behind a fence? We don’t particularly want to follow the dog to where it lives – nor get close enough to see the tag on it’s collar. Pursued once is close enough either of us would like to get.
3. When dogs set on people, what is the best action to take. While running is doubtfully one of them – does anyone have some proper advice in case this happens again?
I expect plenty of backlash about this one on here – but the welfare of my wife if far more important than any dog which has come after her. Ideas and suggestions would be great. And just maybe we might stop a mauling before it happens.