Would you risk your life to protect your dog?

Would you risk your life to protect your dog from attack?
Would you risk your life to protect your dog from attack?

– A Gold Coast woman has literally put her own life on the line in order to save the life of her English Springer Spaniel during an unprovoked dog attack in a public park.

Patricia (last name withheld) had just unloaded her English Springer Spaniel (“Jasmine”) and her Maltese X Shih Tzu (“Poppy”) from her car when two  Staffordshire Bull Terriers attacked Jasmine without warning.

Instinctively (as would most dog owners in the opinion of the Daily Dog), Patricia leapt to Jasmine’s defence, trying in vain to pull the well built Staffies off Jasmine, all the while calling out for help.

As many attacks do, this one happened in a flash. After taking her dogs out of her car, Patricia turned to shut the car door. When she turned back, Jasmine was on her back, with the Staffies fully engaged in an attack on the defenceless Spaniel.Whilst Jasmine did not make a sound (fortunately for her, as squeals of pain may have intensified the attack even further), Patricia’s screams certainly attracted attention.

Luckily for Jasmine (pictured here with treating Vet Dr Peter Elliott), good Samaritans rushed to her and Patricia’s assistance. During the eventually successful efforts to rescue Jasmine from her attackers, Patricia was bitten on the hand, and those helping her had to use a great deal of brute force to stop the attack. Indeed, even after the attack was broken off, the Staffies followed Patricia back to her car as she worked to stem the flow of blood from Jasmine’s head. In fact it is reported the Staffies also tried to get into Patricia’s car in order to re-engage their attack on Jasmine.

It has since emerged that a number of these brave people had witnessed the same dogs involved in the attack also attack other dogs in the neighbourhood in the recent past.

Surely you would think Police and Council would be quickly on the scene, seizing the dogs and taking the owners to task. Unfortunately, nothing of the sort has transpired. Whilst Jasmine was being treated by her Vet (pictured), the Daily Dog understands Police handed the matter straight to Council

In an all too common scenario, in turn Gold Coast City Council seems to be doing little or anything to take the owners of the dogs to task. Instead of seizing the dogs immediately from clearly irresponsible owners, the Council would only say the attack was “under investigation.” One wonders how much “investigating” Council Officers need to do when sources indicate this is the third savage attack by the dogs in question on other dogs that has been reported to Council. As one commentator rightly put it, “Does it take a child to be killed before the Council will take action?” It would seem that chillingly this is perhaps the case.

So what would you do in such a scenario? Would you intervene in order to save your dog’s life? “Too right” would be the answer from many of our readers, we would suspect, but do feel free to share your thoughts below.

It is important to note that there are a number of ways to stop a dog attack – some of course brutal and lethal. However a quick and effective (although disgusting for many!) way to break a dog out of attack mode is to stick a finger up it’s backside. It might sound gross and a little weird(!), but this snaps the dog out of attack mode (understandable!) and puts them into submission mode immediately. It is a tactic most quality dog trainers know and many have used to quickly break an attack before it becomes serious.

However in this instance, with two attacking dogs involved, and in the heat of the moment, it is easy to see how Jasmine’s rescuers instinctively resorted to brute force.

As a final note, at the time of writing we understand Jasmine and Patricia are expected to make a full recovery from their wounds, whilst Gold Coast City Council has still not seized the Staffies involved in the attack. Let’s hope they do so before another dog – or even a child – is also attacked. And let’s hope the owners of the dogs receive massive fines as part of the process – but we’re not holding our collective breath.

2 Responses to “Would you risk your life to protect your dog?”

  1. EJH

    Yes! And have done so 😉

    The logical reasons for doing so are because:
    a) medical treatement for humans is far less expensive than veterinary treatment for dogs,
    b) people view injury to people as more serious than injury to dogs, so will be less likely to hurt your dog if it involves running you over as well, or more likely to prevent their dog hurting you that they are to prevent their fdog from hurting your dog.

    But I did it without thinking — even before I was consciously aware of any need to ‘save my dog’. So a) and b) are no more than my rationalisation for what i did instinctively.

    • pups4sale

      Indeed, EJ. It is an instinctive reaction on the part of most dog owners. The pups4sale team was discussing this further over the weekend, and we agree that massive penalties should be available to be imposed on those dog owners who allow their dogs to attack other dogs or people. Such owners must surely know their dog is aggressive, and should have done something about it before the attack/s took place.

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