Report Or Not


Anonymous
on Sep 27, 2015 @ 12:31 pm

If you are bitten by a dog and you knew the dog had a home (not a stray) and it wasn't a bad bite, would you? I would talk to the owners to find out if the dog is up to date with it's shots. You can ask to see the papers as we all get them per visit.I'm really talking about a nip here.
 


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martac
:) on Jan 06, 2016 @ 12:30 pm

yes I would. The dog might bite a child next time and bring the owners a lot of problems
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Tracyr
:) on Jan 06, 2016 @ 12:38 pm

This happened to my daughter and yes I confronted the owner,people should not let dogs roam the neighborhood
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bethanito
Nips on Jan 06, 2016 @ 12:58 pm

I would confront the owner, but I would never report it to any authority if it wasn't serious. Too many dogs get put down for bites. Obviously if it's a clear, vicious, deadly attack that's a different story, but a lot of the time the dog is just scared and defending itself, or it needs better training.

I got my dog from the humane society and it was clear that her previous owners didn't train her. She kept biting me for the first few weeks (drew blood sometimes, but never enough to need stitches or even really a bandaid), and if I had given up on her she would have been put down by someone. But I didn't, instead I properly trained her, and now she would never hurt anyone. She is so sweet and gentle with my neighbour's kids, especially their baby. She loves that little baby so much and is so gentle and tolerant with her. I'm sure if someone tried to attack my dog, she would defend herself (she is a German Shepherd/Rottweiler mix) but that's the case with pretty much any animal.

As long as it wasn't vicious and the dog is up to date with its shots, there is no point in jeopardizing its life, especially if it was just a little nip like you said. So in short, confront the owners yes, report to authorities no, unless it was severe enough to cause actual lasting harm or death. If people who do horrible things get second chances, a dog that nips definitely deserves to be properly trained and given a second chance.
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KrissiC
. on Jan 06, 2016 @ 04:40 pm

I would definitely confront the owner. If it was not a bad bite, I'd likely let it go after talking with the owner. But a bad bite to myself or a child, I would likely report. It would depemd partly on the situation - was the dog feeling threatened, scared, stressed, in a totally new environment? How did the owner react? etc...
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prettyrainbow
dog on Jan 07, 2016 @ 01:14 am

I agree 100% with both bethanito and KristineJCookson. I'd also like to add that in some cases, the strangers who approach dogs aren't aware that their body language can seem very aggressive to the animal. Its natural reaction will be to defend itself and some people don't realize this before it's too late. I've seen some people practically launch themselves trying to pet my dog. Some of them have been children who have been encouraged by their parents to do so. The teacher in me has always stopped them in advance and I've made sure both my dog and they were ready, as a precaution. Other times, they catch you off guard and you have to rely on your dog's instinct. Thankfully, mine is trained but if he ever (knock on wood) had the reflex to bite, I wouldn't put all the blame on him. This would obviously be a different story if a dog is constantly known to be vicious.


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