Irresponsible Dog Owners!

4/19/2010:

Hoboken411 reader Kate had a bad experience with a Pit Bull in Hoboken this past weekend – and shares her thoughts:

Use common sense, people!

“Today at the dog park, my dog got bitten in the eyeball by a pit bull.

Yes, there are wonderful pit bulls out there. But there are also ignorant people who think it is “cool” to own a tough dog breed. And who has to pay the price for their inability to handle such a dog? EVERYONE ELSE. I get bitten, your child gets bitten, my dog gets bitten. In they eyeball. Today.

This afternoon at Church Square Park, I opened the gate to let my dog in the run, and before he was even through, this pit bull attacked him, totally unprovoked. The owner tried to intervene but had a lot of difficulty separating them. When he finally did, he immediately put his dog’s leash on and left. I checked my dog out right away only to find that his left eye was inflamed, bleeding, and swelling up. I was able to approach the owner before he got away (he was walking along the fence) and told him that my dog was injured and that I wanted his contact information. He wanted to see the injury (understandably), and then he promptly insinuated that my dog had this eye injury BEFORE I entered the dog park. He was trying to exonerate himself from responsibility. I told him no, and I told him I wanted his contact info. He actually wanted an explanation as to why he should give me his contact info.

Come on people. Why do ME and my NICE dog have to pay the price, because YOU felt like getting a dog you couldn’t control? Should WE have to suffer because you felt like bringing it to a public park and let it off the leash???

USE COMMON SENSE. If you have a dog of any breed with aggression issues, DON’T TAKE IT TO A PUBLIC DOG PARK. GET PROFESSIONAL TRAINING. USE COMMON SENSE. Because the next time my dog gets hurt (so help me God), I WILL call the police, and what happens next to your vicious dog will be out of my hands.”

Kate

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86 Comments on "Irresponsible Dog Owners!"

TheGreenMan
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TheGreenMan
I am a frequent visitor and only sometimes poster on 411, but I’ve got to say seeing someone approach the person that’s upset (albeit online, but where else would they have the chance?) and get a chance to work out their problem is incredible. Gives me some hope for this “duck and complain” society we have going on. It’s also brave and honest for someone to actually want to deal with someone and talk it out. I’ve got to admit, when I’m walking my dog and I see a pit bull, I am extra cautious and usually don’t let her interact with it. However, that’s just because I know some owners have them for the wrong reasons. I also know a few AWESOME pits that are incredible dogs, great with kids and very gentle. To say that they should be outlawed or be muzzled in public is just ridiculous. First off, muzzling your dog usually makes them more aggressive when the muzzle is off. Only a HIGHLY trained professional should be muzzling a dog because they know how to do it. An owner who already doesn’t know how to handle their dog is not that person. Outlawing them would be like outlawing sports cars in town. I see more sports cars speeding through stop signs than any other vehicle (although really, don’t they all?). So they are inherently more dangerous…and should be outlawed. It’s the same logic, and has the same answer. People who drive faster tend to be attracted… Read more »
Bullbreed333
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Bullbreed333

It’s definitely a shame that idiots are attracted to the Pit Bull, but they are for sure. The reason these dogs get a bad rep is because of the people who tie them up, leave them in cages all day, fenced in with no proper attention, etc… These dogs need LOTS of running, and confident vigilant leadership because they are an intense and athletic breed.

I’d say the dog parks here are kind of a nightmare in general, many different breeds behaving badly due to poor ownership. It’s kind of cliquey in those things too, not really a good time. Walking is so much more rewarding.

glitch23
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glitch23
Bullbreed333, You are absolutely correct. I’ve owned 2 Labs, 1 Pitbull/Lab mix and currently a Pitbull and a Terrier. Any breed can be aggressive and my Pitbull is big and extremely strong so I have to admit that when I adopted him I wouldn’t take him to any dogs parks because I couldn’t gauge his temperament correctly. After a year of ownership and interactions with other dogs at the Vet or with friends dogs I was finally confident in his ability to visit a dog park without incident. To my dismay however most owners who bring their dogs to the public dog parks have no idea how their pet acts in a social environment and better yet have no idea how to stop or control them once they become aggressive. The Pitbull has had only one incident in which I can not determine if it was his fault, at the time I was trying to stop another dog who kept biting my Terrier, all others (3) have been the fault of irresponsible owners. I assume in this case that it was the other owners fault as he quickly left the park without saying anything or asking for information and you can clearly see that my dogs have every possible license for shots, registration, address, cell and microchips around their collars. Once I noticed there was a commotion I was greatly upset to see the other owners only response to his Pitbull was “Hey!” and my response was to grab the… Read more »
wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

briz face..do you have any idea how a sniper team operates?? they operate in teams
spotter and shooter..go to military .com and watch a us sniper take the head of a scum
rag head at 900 yards ..Not a bold action 03..a fifty cal sniper upgraded weapon.took his head off and the other went the same way…a bold action..hanx take that chit out of your pipe..your a pisser.

escaped68
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There are people who carried a weapon and stood a post and then there are those who watch the military and history to become experts, you sound like the latter.[quote comment=”193054″]briz face..do you have any idea how a sniper team operates?? they operate in teamsspotter and shooter..go to military .com and watch a us sniper take the head of a scumrag head at 900 yards ..Not a bold action 03..a fifty cal sniper upgraded weapon.took his head off and the other went the same way…a bold action..hanx take that chit out of your pipe..your a pisser.[/quote]

wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

btw brick a rou less hans brix you must be a vet of some conflict,,your knowledge of assult weapons are fantastic…Bet you won the navy cross and medal of honor? a bolt action riifle could have done the same..Your a real gem… :mrgreen:

concerned dog owner
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concerned dog owner
Aggressive dogs should not be unleashed in the dog parks. While the dog park is “at your own risk,” it is irresponsible for the owner of an aggressive dog to put other dogs and his own dog at risk of injury or worse by letting it loose in an area that is designed to be an outlet for socialized dogs to be able to exercise and play. Today I was at Church Sq Park with my own dog (who frequents this park often between myself and my dog walker), and a rust colored dog with a purple collar name Jersey was extremely aggressive, trying to catch my dog’s neck and head in his mouth. I was luckily able to manage to remove my dog from the park with just a saliva covered head and body and one open bleeding scrape above her eye. However, the owner and his dog Jersey remained in the park. While I was outside on the sidewalk inspecting my dog to ensure she did not sustain further injuries, I saw more dogs leave due to this particular dog and continued to hear owners comment on this dog’s behavior. Yet Jersey and his owner remained in the park. All the responsible owners with socialized dogs were forced to leave due to this owner and his uncontrollable dog without even a slight apology from him on this behavior. I am fortunate that this is the only very negative experience I have had with my dog at this park… Read more »
wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1
According to the HHeath Dept,all dogs etc should be on a leash requried by law.. 201 420 2375.. Many dogs are over the weight limit in the shipyard alone..Pit bulls and dobermens do not belong couped up in an apt..Unfair to them.. 🙄 [quote comment=”193007″]Aggressive dogs should not be unleashed in the dog parks. While the dog park is “at your own risk,” it is irresponsible for the owner of an aggressive dog to put other dogs and his own dog at risk of injury or worse by letting it loose in an area that is designed to be an outlet for socialized dogs to be able to exercise and play. Today I was at Church Sq Park with my own dog (who frequents this park often between myself and my dog walker), and a rust colored dog with a purple collar name Jersey was extremely aggressive, trying to catch my dog’s neck and head in his mouth. I was luckily able to manage to remove my dog from the park with just a saliva covered head and body and one open bleeding scrape above her eye. However, the owner and his dog Jersey remained in the park. While I was outside on the sidewalk inspecting my dog to ensure she did not sustain further injuries, I saw more dogs leave due to this particular dog and continued to hear owners comment on this dog’s behavior. Yet Jersey and his owner remained in the park. All the responsible owners with… Read more »
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