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Dog Attack at Tuggeranong dog park

By jenny123 - 5 October 2011 33

Yesterday morning at the Tuggeranong dog park I witnessed a horrific dog attack on a poor lady with 2 little silky terriers. Whilst this poor lady was leaving the dog park another lady was coming in with two large male boxers she had no control over. Suddenly and totally unprovoked  the boxers attacked and had the lady and her dogs on the ground with both of the dogs mauling one of the little terriers.

Horrified my friend and I ran to assist as much as we could, as did another lady ( whom was much stronger and maneged to get one of the dogs off)

Another lady also came and managed to separate the boxers and break it up ( the owner was standing there screaming hysterically, she had no control at all). I was shocked at the amount of people who simply stood there with the hands over their mouths watching. There was around 20 people in the dog park and only 4 of us ran to assist. I mean I am not saying everyone should have run over and put themselves in danger but atleast someone could have helped the poor lady off the ground while we tried to save her dogs, or maybe some of the big burly blokes sitting on the chairs could have helped,  it was unbelievable.

Also, WHY the hell do people with aggressive dogs, that they cannot control take them to the dog park, I just don’t understand it how stupid can you be??  If you have aggresive dogs leave them at home.

If anyone knows what happened to the little brown dog I would love to know, it was rushed to the vet but it didn’t look to be in a good way, I should add that I did hear the lady with the boxers offer to cover all vet bills.

Shame on those onlookers who did nothing to help.

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Dog Attack at Tuggeranong dog park
GardeningGirl 4:07 pm 06 Oct 11

EvanJames said :

this tendency to stand and watch is a growing one in Australia. Was a time when people would jump to “do something” when something needed doing.

EvanJames said :

But why aren’t they teaching kids to be gentle and cautious around dogs they don’t know? They’re not bloody stuffed toys, there for the gratification of children, they are animals with their own minds.

Yes and yes.

EvanJames 3:45 pm 06 Oct 11

maniac said :

But my absolute pet hate is parents who allow their children to pat strange dogs without the owners consent. My old dog absolutely hated children and some came close to being bitten because of their incompetent parents.

Agree. I have tiny dogs, who also see children as grave threats (rightly, too), and if a kid comes up and tries to pat them (dog thinks they’re having a go), they will get bitten. I just say “they bite” and leave it to the kid’s handler to decide if they’re going to do something or not. But why aren’t they teaching kids to be gentle and cautious around dogs they don’t know? They’re not bloody stuffed toys, there for the gratification of children, they are animals with their own minds.

EvanJames 3:40 pm 06 Oct 11

this tendency to stand and watch is a growing one in Australia. Was a time when people would jump to “do something” when something needed doing. Now they reach for their mobile phones, or expect someone whose job it is to come and do it.

It extends to the expectation that the government will do everything… when I was young, if people wanted a facility for their kids, or some community facility, they’d get together and work out how to get it, which usually led to them building it, fund-raising etc.

I’m really saddened to read this story… sad for the woman and her little dogs (why do people get dogs that they can’t control? So many people owning macho/butch-looking dogs now), but also for the way that people watched a pretty horrible event happen, and only four jumped in to help.

cyla 3:23 pm 06 Oct 11

They should split the pen into two, one for big dogs and one for small dogs. That would give the little dogs half a chance!

Very Busy 7:07 pm 05 Oct 11

Back in my younger days I used to be a door to door milk runner. It was a very common occurrance for me to have dog’s rushing at me and biting me. It was also very common for the dogs owners to yell out “don’t worry mate he won’t bite you”. This statement would usually come out just before the dog bites or as it’s biting. From my experience, it is clear to me that many dog owners have no idea about their dog’s potential behaviour and are totally ignorant of the risk they put other people in. Many dogs are untrustworthy as are many of their owners.

I could be wrong, but, generally speaking, it seems that the most dangerous types of dogs are owned by the most untrustworthy types of people.

steveu 4:50 pm 05 Oct 11

MissChief said :

I never really got the point of dog parks. Dogs don’t always get along and putting them all in a pen together with no leads just seems like a really bad idea, if not for the spread of fleas then certainly for the risk of something like this happening.

It was also part of putting legislation in place to restrict where dogs can and canot be exercised. Previously there was a fair bit of a grey area in this regard. Establishment of dog exercise declared areas (and these enclosed parks) were part of the deal.

Watson 4:13 pm 05 Oct 11

MissChief said :

I never really got the point of dog parks. Dogs don’t always get along and putting them all in a pen together with no leads just seems like a really bad idea, if not for the spread of fleas then certainly for the risk of something like this happening.

I think the issue is often that it specifically attracts those who cannot control their dogs. They think it’s ok to let them off the lead because they cannot run away and don’t deem it necessary to properly supervise them even. Which just shows you how ignorant they are about the responsibilities of owning a dog. We are lucky in Canberra that we have so many unfenced off-leash areas and I much prefer those. There’s some great ones where you can actually do some proper walking, so you don’t force your dog to stay close to dogs that don’t play nicely.

GardeningGirl 4:13 pm 05 Oct 11

maniac said :

All dogs need to be socialised from puppies and be properly obedience trained. People think it is ok to have a couple of dogs, let them off their leads and have no idea how to retrieve them. As the first poster said, these morons should not be allowed to own dogs.

+1

gooterz 3:50 pm 05 Oct 11

MissChief said :

I never really got the point of dog parks. Dogs don’t always get along and putting them all in a pen together with no leads just seems like a really bad idea, if not for the spread of fleas then certainly for the risk of something like this happening.

I always thought it was more a way to keep everyone together(away from all the non dog people) and so that owners who have dogs show the others how its done.

I’m guessing some of the more fragile people get big dogs so they feel protected.

maniac 3:46 pm 05 Oct 11

I hope the woman whose dogs were attacked is ok, though understandably she will be shaken. I’ve seen this happen before and it is absolutely terrifying.

There is nothing worse than owners who can’t control their dogs. But my absolute pet hate is parents who allow their children to pat strange dogs without the owners consent. My old dog absolutely hated children and some came close to being bitten because of their incompetent parents.

All dogs need to be socialised from puppies and be properly obedience trained. People think it is ok to have a couple of dogs, let them off their leads and have no idea how to retrieve them. As the first poster said, these morons should not be allowed to own dogs.

MissChief 2:00 pm 05 Oct 11

I never really got the point of dog parks. Dogs don’t always get along and putting them all in a pen together with no leads just seems like a really bad idea, if not for the spread of fleas then certainly for the risk of something like this happening.

bd84 1:22 pm 05 Oct 11

Would having 20 other people run in all at once have actually helped the situation in any way? I doubt it. Having a handful of people assist sounds like an appropriate response.

Yes, having uncontrolled and/or aggressive dogs is bad. Did you call the police and domestic animal services to report the incident or just posting this on here?

Eppo 1:15 pm 05 Oct 11

Is owning a big dog sort of like having a hotted up car? People trying to mask deficiencies in other areas? Seems bogans are attracted to both.

Is the Tuggeranong dog park an all in affair? The park in Yarralumla seperates the smaller dogs from the big ones, with seperate gates and fenced areas.

jsm2090 12:15 pm 05 Oct 11

Agreed- unfortunately the poor dog always cops the blame when owners are too lazy to do the right thing. My family has always had boxers, and with training and socialising, they are gentle, great with children and have a lovely disposition.

qbngeek 10:43 am 05 Oct 11

Its because of morons who can’t control thier mid-large size dogs that my dogs are looked upon as vicious. People should have to have a licence and undetake training in dog handling techniques before they are allowed to get a dog.

If your dog is aggressive don’t leave it at home, get some training for you and the dog or get rid of it and get a fish because you are obviously to stupid to have a dog.

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