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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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Kalfour 11:49 pm 24 Apr 12

gooterz said :

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.

I always thought the point of dog parks was so that lazy people could ‘walk’ their dogs without actually walking. People drive to these dog parks and sit around watching their dogs run. It’s also easier for people who can’t be bothered training their dogs since they’re fenced in, therefore it’s ‘safe’.
Other people take their dogs there to be socialized. But if your dog isn’t already socialized, or is known to be aggressive, put a muzzle on it. It’ll stop the dog from attacking people (or pathetic little dogs), and will also give a clear message to those pesky kids some of you were complaining about.

blowers said :

Is it me or did i read this wrong?

Did the attack happen inside our outside the park?

The parks have a small cage at the entrance. There’s a door on the outside of the cage leading to the outside world, and two doors on the inside of the cage, leading to the respective small and large dog areas. From the way it was described, it sounds like the woman with the boxers was entering the cage while the woman with the little dogs was leaving.

Watson 10:28 am 10 Oct 11

What a terribly traumatising thing to go through, Scoob.

Scoob 7:12 pm 09 Oct 11

I cant be 100% certain of the breed that killed mine, it was one of those medium stonger looking dogs with a powerfull jaw. But I dont blame the dog, the owner was just completely unaware of what her dog could do to smaller ones.
I know exactly how you feel about being shaken up by the ordeal, I have since bought another dog and have no intentions of ever taking him there.
If you ever see the woman who lost her silky again please give her my regards, If were up to me I would tear that place down.

jenny123 6:30 pm 09 Oct 11

Scoob said :

In April 2010 my little Jack Russell was set upon and mauled to death at the Tuggeranong dog park. The attack was completely unprovoked and the woman that owned that larger aggressive dog also had no control over it what so ever.
After my dog died during surgery I posted signs aroud the park warning people of the dangers there but they were removed the next day.
My heart goes out to the owner of the latest dog attack, I know how horrible it is trying to save your little mate from the jaws of a frenzied animal.
My advice to you all is to stay away from the dog park, in theory it’s a wonderful idea but the reality is that too many ignorant people take dogs there with absolutely no idea on what their animals are capable of.

I am so sorry to hear this what an horrific thing to happen, what breed of dog was it? I haven’t returned since last Saturday and I am still quite shaken up from the whole thing. I still haven’t found out if the silky made it through, sadly I very much doubt it would have the boxer had it around the throat and there was lots of blood, it was the most distressing thing I have ever seen.

Scoob 5:02 pm 09 Oct 11

In April 2010 my little Jack Russell was set upon and mauled to death at the Tuggeranong dog park. The attack was completely unprovoked and the woman that owned that larger aggressive dog also had no control over it what so ever.
After my dog died during surgery I posted signs aroud the park warning people of the dangers there but they were removed the next day.
My heart goes out to the owner of the latest dog attack, I know how horrible it is trying to save your little mate from the jaws of a frenzied animal.
My advice to you all is to stay away from the dog park, in theory it’s a wonderful idea but the reality is that too many ignorant people take dogs there with absolutely no idea on what their animals are capable of.

Watson 3:01 pm 07 Oct 11

blowers said :

the Older lady should have been using the small dog park

Wow, that’s a bit rich. You are blaming this woman because she mistakenly thought it was safe to take her dogs into a dog park – to socialise them, you know – while in fact there is a cage provided for small dogs and their owners to prevent them from being mauled by big dogs whose owner has no control over them. As that is prefectly acceptable behaviour in the “big dog” park apparently. Silly woman!

If you cannot trust your dogs to not maul someone’s dog (not a “scrap”, the dog needed vet care) you should not, never, nowhere let them off the lead until you HAVE socialised them. Which you start on the lead until you are certain that your dog understands the rules.

Also, the DAS rule for letting your dog off the lead anywhere in Canberra is that you must have control over your dog. I asked a ranger about this once and apparently it means that the dog will always come the first or the second time you call it. This applies to dog parks too. If you cannot control your dog, your dog is a danger to others and potentially himself.

I really wish they would bring in licencing for dog owners. And tear down those dog parks. Train your dogs and take it to an unfenced off leash area instead.

blowers 2:30 pm 07 Oct 11

Is it me or did i read this wrong? Did the attack happen inside our outside the park? The old lady was leaving so was it outside? If so, the lady with the bigger dogs needs training to be able to control her dogs. Inside then its a different story, the Older lady should have been using the small dog park. The dog park is a fantastic idea and is usually well controlled by those who use it. The purpose is to socialise dogs. Yes, scraps do occur and in my experience they are not common and sorted out quickly. Any dog that acts inappropriately is usually removed by its owner and they come back another day to try to get their dogs used to being with others.

It appears some just don’t think before they turn up.

Deref 1:13 pm 07 Oct 11

Definitely time to have the owner put down.

crackerpants 12:57 pm 07 Oct 11

EvanJames said :

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.

Well I can safely say that thanks to a number of approaches from uncontrolled dogs, both on and off lead, and including at our own front door and at out local suburban playgrounds, I can safely say that my daughter will never go near a dog, whether invited, given permission, whatever. Even getting her to walk past the big tabby cat that sleeps in the doorway of Petland is a struggle at the moment (and we have a cat!).

I completely agree that the “kid’s handlers” should better control their two-legged charges, but I would also gently suggest that dog owners take a little more responsibility than a “they bite, but knock yourself out” approach, given the rather formidable defences of the latter, and the pink-skinned squishiness of the former.

time_killer 12:47 pm 07 Oct 11

maniac said :

time_killer said :

EvanJames said :

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.

So, do you think it’s ok that your dogs will bite children unprovoked?
But no doubt you think that if it was a large dog ging around biting children, it should be put down. (i understand the amount of damage potentially caused is different)

I hate how people use their dog being small as an excuse for its terrible behaviour. When I take my Lab to the dog park or for walks of leash the only dogs that ever cause a problem are the sh!t little yap-yap dogs. Most of the owners just say “oh sorry, he/she has small dog syndrome”….. then they pick the dog up and console it. Which completely reinforces the bad behaviour!

I completely agree with the children approaching strange dogs without consent part though.

Just to elaborate. I had that particular dog when I was growing up in the Northern Territory – she grew up with kids and was just fine. However, when she got arthritis as she got older she got cranky, as old dogs can do. There is only so much you can do for the pain. However, she always looked like a pup as she had stunted growth.

I would take her for a ‘walk’ which involved carrying her to the park and putting her down for a bit of a wander. But then parents would think it was perfectly ok to bring their children up to her for a pat without me saying it was ok. The dog, being partly blind, feeling sensitive to any potential threats, would react to the sudden approach of a child as a threat and react accordingly.

Now that was a dog that was thoroughly socialised with children and dogs. In the territory we never used leads and dogs roam wherever they want – we lived in an outback mining community. I am very experienced in training dogs through obedience classes and have had champions, so I know everything there is to know about dog behaviour. But what I don’t understand is irresponsible parents – there is only so much you do to discipline an arthritic old dog who pees herself uncontrollaby. Dogs in a park, on a lead, have the right to be there, without being provoked by off lead dogs or children.

My respone was directed at EvanJames. I agree with you and have a known a couple of dogs that were nice but became grumpy when they were old. Especially dogs that are starting to go blind, everything they dont recognise (by scent I suppose) can frighten them.

maniac 12:26 pm 07 Oct 11

time_killer said :

EvanJames said :

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.

So, do you think it’s ok that your dogs will bite children unprovoked?
But no doubt you think that if it was a large dog ging around biting children, it should be put down. (i understand the amount of damage potentially caused is different)

I hate how people use their dog being small as an excuse for its terrible behaviour. When I take my Lab to the dog park or for walks of leash the only dogs that ever cause a problem are the sh!t little yap-yap dogs. Most of the owners just say “oh sorry, he/she has small dog syndrome”….. then they pick the dog up and console it. Which completely reinforces the bad behaviour!

I completely agree with the children approaching strange dogs without consent part though.

Just to elaborate. I had that particular dog when I was growing up in the Northern Territory – she grew up with kids and was just fine. However, when she got arthritis as she got older she got cranky, as old dogs can do. There is only so much you can do for the pain. However, she always looked like a pup as she had stunted growth.

I would take her for a ‘walk’ which involved carrying her to the park and putting her down for a bit of a wander. But then parents would think it was perfectly ok to bring their children up to her for a pat without me saying it was ok. The dog, being partly blind, feeling sensitive to any potential threats, would react to the sudden approach of a child as a threat and react accordingly.

Now that was a dog that was thoroughly socialised with children and dogs. In the territory we never used leads and dogs roam wherever they want – we lived in an outback mining community. I am very experienced in training dogs through obedience classes and have had champions, so I know everything there is to know about dog behaviour. But what I don’t understand is irresponsible parents – there is only so much you do to discipline an arthritic old dog who pees herself uncontrollaby. Dogs in a park, on a lead, have the right to be there, without being provoked by off lead dogs or children.

time_killer 11:26 am 07 Oct 11

EvanJames said :

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.

So, do you think it’s ok that your dogs will bite children unprovoked?
But no doubt you think that if it was a large dog ging around biting children, it should be put down. (i understand the amount of damage potentially caused is different)

I hate how people use their dog being small as an excuse for its terrible behaviour. When I take my Lab to the dog park or for walks of leash the only dogs that ever cause a problem are the sh!t little yap-yap dogs. Most of the owners just say “oh sorry, he/she has small dog syndrome”….. then they pick the dog up and console it. Which completely reinforces the bad behaviour!

I completely agree with the children approaching strange dogs without consent part though.

djk 10:42 am 07 Oct 11

cyla said :

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!

Just to elaborate on this, the Tuggers dog park does have a seperate small dog section. The problem is mainly that there are usually no dogs in that section, so if you brought your dog along to try and socialise it, you need to go in the main area.

FWIW I have 2 small dogs and take them in the main section all the time. I havent had any issues other than a few relatively harmless games of chasey. The majority of owners that I have seen go out of there way to ensure their dogs are not causing any issues for others.

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