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My dog got attacked while on our walk last night and is injured

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I was just finishing up my walk last night with Ozzy my 17 pound Australian Terrier when I spotted a couple of people with two off leash dogs in the grass off the side walk. I was almost home and I live in a condo complex so this was one of the grassy areas. There are leash laws here so nobody should have been off leash. Well out of nowhere one of the dogs which looked like possibly an American Bulldog or some kind of bulldog or pitt mix came barreling at us.

The owner of the dog actually started screaming Oh sh*t in a panicky voice like he knew this was bad. If you know this about your dog HOW CAN YOU HAVE IT OFF LEASH? I am normally calm when a dog runs up but this was different, I freaked and started yelling to get his dog but it was too late he grabbed Ozzy and was tearing into him. I was really screaming by now to get his dog off and somehow he did. Ozzy was shaken up but he looked ok and so after mumbling sorry several times the guy just walked off quickly. I did not chase him down because I was in shock but I can't believe he just walked off.

I put Ozzy down to try and walk home and he could not walk. I carried him home and he had a couple of punctures on his belly. I took him to the vet and spent several hours there while they worked on him. Now he has a tube in him and stiches with the e-collar and two different meds. He is a shell of himself and won't walk. He has not eaten any food or had any water in 24 hours. I think I need to call the vet back because they said he should eat last night.

I am just sick and have already shelled out 1k. I know what building this guy lives in but not what apartment. Should I call animal control? it is of course his word against mine, do I have any chance of getting my costs covered?

And poor Ozzy..
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Thank you Inga..

I am planning to call AC and I probably should not have waited so long but I was in the vet all night and then working all day today. I am still working till 6 but then I will be calling the vet back and calling AC. If they are closed then first thing tomorrow. Maybe they can find the man if I give them the building..I am not much up for confrontation.

And this goes beyond vet bills, I had plans for a business trip and my mom was going to watch Ozzy but now he cannot be there because her dog will not leave him alone (They love to play) so I am going to have to board him at the vet. I have a normal doggy daycare but no playing and he is injured so he will have to live in a cage for two days. And that is added $$

I do want this man to pay for being so stupid. I love dogs and I always defend those kinds of breeds but people should not own them that don't know how to handle them. It blows my mind it was off leash!!

And it was traumatic too. Ozzy is suffering and I am still stressed out and shaken up 24 hours later. That's why I had to come here and vent...
I"m so sorry for Ozzy and I hope that he heals soon.....I hate apartment complexes....:mad:

This is really not a breed issue...its a DA dog with idiot owner issue.....If you have a DA dog OF ANY BREED it should not be off leash in public PERIOD!

Sending healing vibs to porr Ozzy
Do you own your condo, or are you renting? Either way, it's definitely something that needs to be brought up before the board. It's easier if you're an owner, but, either way, the board is responsible for any issues within the complex. I'm willing to bet that there's a leash requirement in the bylaws. If you recognize the owner and the building, the board should be able to help you identify the person/unit.

In Cheetah's thread, I advised documenting everything. I know you're stressed right now, but it's really important to get everything written down now while it's still fresh in your head.
I agree 100% with this.....write everything down you can...pictures too.....was there anyone else that might have seen that could help you?
His word against yours? You have the dog with the wounds, he has the dog with the teeth that created them.

I think what they mean is..How do you prove it was his dog and not another random dog....

OP, its nice that your condo assoc. is going to try to help you :)
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