Dog park bite – what to do?

8/6/2009 Update:

Arm doesn’t need amputation

Bumped into the victim yesterday – and took a picture of his wounded arm. He said it’s feeling a bit better, but it’s still “puffy and sore.” It’d be nice to get some kind of apology from the one responsible (and I don’t mean “woof.”)

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Read the entire debacle after the jump…

8/4/2009:

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Boxer bites man; owner flees responsibility

Earlier this afternoon, there was an incident at the Elysian Park Dog Run, where a man simply bending down to pick up a ball to toss, was bitten in the arm by a beefy Boxer.

The bite was serious, and the man was bleeding quite badly. Shortly after this happened, the woman took her large brown male Boxer and ran out of the park. Bewildered, the injured guy was calling after her to say he was bleeding, and whether the dog was current on his shots, etc. – but just ignored it and kept walking.

The woman was described as and attractive brunette in her 30’s, who happened to be in possession of a pink blackberry phone.

Onlookers were stunned as the man eventually received 4 staples in his arm, and is out several hundred dollars in medical bills. Other witnesses said they may have seen this woman previously with not one, but two boxers.

Douchebag or rookie jitters?

To run away from the dog park without “handling the situation” is what I would call a “douchebag of the week” maneuver!

However, to give the woman 10% benefit of the doubt – it’s also quite possible that the traumatic incident caused some kind of panic – resulting in her running. Maybe she was worried about getting in trouble, or having her dog put down, or cannot afford the medical bills, who knows. With people unable to handle interpersonal events like conversations these days (you know, they’re used to their iPhones and Blackberries and text messages – talking? Who does that?) – it is quite possible she’ll realize what happened and try and get in contact with the injured pet owner. She’s free to email me and I’ll put her in touch if she doesn’t want to show her face. The noble thing to do is to take responsibility for your dog!

But be on the lookout for this crazy biting Boxer nonetheless!!

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168 Comments on "Dog park bite – what to do?"

strand tramp
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strand tramp

sunday morning there was a woman with a boxer in Elysian park. the dog was good sized and very dark brown. a rich deep chocolate brown, with white on the paws and chest. the woman had dark hair pulled back in a ponytail. she pulled in to the dog run but left 30 seconds later. there was only one guy there with a dog other than her. this was around 7:45 am on sundy. then she walked to the grass near hudson and took the animal off the leash and let it run around on the grass.
i wouldn’t call her hot, but she was decent looking. the dog was fairly tall/long legged but not fat. sound like your biter?

Michael
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Michael

I’m pretty sure I have seen the dog/owner you have described and it is not a match. She takes that dog to the park quite often. The dog that bit me had a light brown (tan) coat although the size of the dog was similar to the one you saw. Thanks for the update though.

In response to strand tramp who said:
sunday morning there was a woman with a boxer in Elysian park. the dog was good sized and very dark brown. a rich deep chocolate brown, with white on the paws and chest. the woman had dark hair pulled back in a ponytail. she pulled in to the dog run but left 30 seconds later. there was only one guy there with a dog other than her. this was around 7:45 am on sundy. then she walked to the grass near hudson and took the animal off the leash and let it run around on the grass.
i wouldn’t call her hot, but she was decent looking. the dog was fairly tall/long legged but not fat. sound like your biter?

oceanbloo
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oceanbloo

Michael, you’ve been very generous in how much time you have given this person to step forward. I’d contact the authorities and get the ball moving – if she hasn’t come to her senses by now, she never will. You’ve afforded her an infinite amount of respect versus what she has showed you.

Glad the wounds are healing.

SFH
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I agree with oceanbloo. Also, I hope you won’t have to get rabies shots. Have you gotten any good leads as to who this woman is? If so, do pass them along to the authorities. Please keep us posted as to the outcome. (No…that doesn’t mean that you have to tell us her name, address, etc.). What also concerns me is that since this dog bit you, it may well bite again and the next time the wounds may be very serious. It’s important that this dog and woman be found.

In response to oceanbloo who said:
Michael, you’ve been very generous in how much time you have given this person to step forward. I’d contact the authorities and get the ball moving – if she hasn’t come to her senses by now, she never will. You’ve afforded her an infinite amount of respect versus what she has showed you.

Glad the wounds are healing.

Michael
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Michael

This is another request for the owner of the dog that bit me to please contact me. In addition, if anyone has an idea that you may know this person, I would ask that you have her come forward. I live in the Shipyard area and anyone who has a dog in that complex would know me. I really need to speak to you ASAP regarding your dog’s health status. I don’t want anything more. However, if I don’t hear from you in the next couple of days, I am going to get the authorities involved and then anything that happens to you or your dog will be out of my hands. Again, I am more than willing to keep this between us but I am running out of patience. So if you are reading this, PLEASE try and find me or contact Hoboken411 so that he may get in touch with me. Thank you.

Jimbo
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Jimbo

Just a thought, but have you considered the possibility that the woman wasn’t the owner and was a dogwalker? Maybe she left out of fear of losing her job and the client, and may not have known the dog’s medical history. Just throwing another theory out there. If that was the case, it could be easier to find her by following up with the various dog walking outfits in town; seems like a lot of them know each other.

pawzclawz
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pawzclawz

I posted something to that effect at the very beginning of this thread. My post read: My guess is that the person is a dogwalker with no insurance.

In response to Jimbo who said:
Just a thought, but have you considered the possibility that the woman wasn’t the owner and was a dogwalker? Maybe she left out of fear of losing her job and the client, and may not have known the dog’s medical history. Just throwing another theory out there. If that was the case, it could be easier to find her by following up with the various dog walking outfits in town; seems like a lot of them know each other.

Michael
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Michael

Yes, my first inclination was that she was a dog walker who acted for just the reasons you mentioned, although I just don’t know. I am friendly with a number of walkers in town but thus far none of them knows anyone that fits the description. Thanks.

In response to Jimbo who said:
Just a thought, but have you considered the possibility that the woman wasn’t the owner and was a dogwalker? Maybe she left out of fear of losing her job and the client, and may not have known the dog’s medical history. Just throwing another theory out there. If that was the case, it could be easier to find her by following up with the various dog walking outfits in town; seems like a lot of them know each other.

pawzclawz
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pawzclawz

Michael, I hope you’re doing well. My landlord told me on Saturday that he met you. He was at the uptown waterfront. He was with another lady and her dog. My landlord was with his dog. A Lab Beagle mix. The dog’s name is Jake.

In response to Michael who said:
Yes, my first inclination was that she was a dog walker who acted for just the reasons you mentioned, although I just don’t know. I am friendly with a number of walkers in town but thus far none of them knows anyone that fits the description. Thanks.

Michael
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Michael

Thanks…the wrist is healing and the stitches are set to come out on Friday…and I haven’t started foaming at the mouth so I guess that’s a good sign. Thanks again.

In response to pawzclawz who said:
Michael, I hope you’re doing well. My landlord told me on Saturday that he met you. He was at the uptown waterfront. He was with another lady and her dog. My landlord was with his dog. A Lab Beagle mix. The dog’s name is Jake.

potatochip
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Huh? Ok stalker…. not sure what your talking about but whatever.

If you are talking about the time I called the police because I was boxed in, yeah…. what’s your point?

I’m flattered and saddened at the same time you remember this much about me.

homeworld
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I was being facetious.

In response to potatochip who said:
Huh? Ok stalker…. not sure what your talking about but whatever.

If you are talking about the time I called the police because I was boxed in, yeah…. what’s your point?

I’m flattered and saddened at the same time you remember this much about me.

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