Lauraine Leblanc: When Bully Breeds Attack

Friday, April 12, 2013
Lauraine and Raven. KLH | Eye

Lauraine and Raven. KLH | Eye

Raven and I were attacked by another dog last week (two weeks ago when you read this).

Regular readers of the Arcata Eye will recognize Raven as the black and white Cardigan Welsh Corgi who haunts the pages of the Eye entreating you to buy advertising.

Others may also recognize her from her many jaunts around town as the terribly cute but not very outgoing dog you want to pet but can’t.

One of the reasons that Raven is standoffish is that she has been attacked by other dogs twice in the past year. Both times, the attacks happened when I was walking Raven, on leash as always, down an Arcata sidewalk in broad daylight.

Eleven months ago, a large white bully breed dog ran out the open front door of a house on 11th Street, crossed two lanes of midday traffic and jumped my dog while I was walking her on leash. The dog must have outweighed Raven by at least 60 lbs. The other dog flipped Raven onto her back and bit at Raven’s face and neck while I tried to dislodge it by kicking it. I never imagined that I could do that to a dog, but I did.

The attack only stopped when the dog’s handler came out of the house and took it off my screaming dog. Afterward, witnesses described the attack to me as a “kill shot” and were surprised that neither Raven nor I were gravely injured. As it was, Raven lost a lot of the ruff of fur at her neck and was sore for days.

As a result of that attack, Raven became very aggressive towards other dogs, and I have worked hard to rehabilitate and re-socialize her. All that work has been undone.

Last week, as Raven and I were walking by a pickup truck parked by the side of the road, a bully-breed dog busted through a screen to get out of the camper shell window and jumped on Raven seemingly out of nowhere. The dog started biting her on the face and neck, and Raven started screaming and yelping while I desperately pulled her away, kicking at the dog and yelling at the top of my lungs.

As soon as the dog released her, I picked Raven up in my arms. The dog kept coming at us and I kept yelling and kicking at it. Then, it crossed the street and I called the cops. Before the police came, the dog returned and started approaching us and barking and growling.

I was holding Raven with one arm (she weighs 30 lbs. and rapidly got heavy) and talking to police on my cell phone with the other, leaving us totally open to further attack.

After what must have been at least two or three minutes of the dog menacing us, the owner came out of the house where the truck was parked and secured her dog. She offered to pay for the vet and admitted that she had been afraid that the screen in the camper shell would not contain her dogs.

Sgt. Martinez of APD came, took the attacking dog’s  owner’s information and drove us home.

As Raven had no puncture wounds and no obvious injuries, I did not take her to the vet until the following morning when she started to whimper. She had no broken bones or internal injuries but did require pain medication for five days.

I contacted the owner of the attacking dog, sent her the $61.16 veterinary bill that same day and I have yet to hear back from her.

I am worried about Raven and about me. I am tired of people not properly containing their dogs. I am tired of people who have large aggressive dogs not properly training or controlling their dogs. I am tired of people telling me that bully breeds are no different than other dogs – Raven has been viciously attacked both times by these breed dogs.

I am tired of people whose dogs are off leash telling me that their dogs are friendly or that their dog has “never done anything like this before.”

I live near the Marsh, and see unleashed dogs and negligent owners every day. Almost every time I leave my house, I have to deal with some unleashed dog running up to my dog. I am growing increasingly frustrated and angry, and no longer feel safe walking my leashed dog outdoors in broad daylight in this lovely town of ours. Raven is now afraid of parked cars, and even more aggressive towards other dogs.

Arcata has leash laws and vicious dog laws on the books, and sadly, I now believe we need stricter enforcement of leash laws in Arcata, as well as an escalating structure of fines and repercussions.

If irresponsible people cannot voluntarily control their animals, then they must pay the price, not the rest of us.

Lauraine Leblanc loves animals and walks everywhere. She works at the Arcata Eye, among other places.

 

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66 Responses to “Lauraine Leblanc: When Bully Breeds Attack”

  1. Traci Bear Thiele

    LOOSE DOGS ARE MY ALL TIME PET PEEVE! I have been attacked and bitten by loose dogs 5 times in my life. My oldest daughter was also bitten in the face as a child. Now, I too have a small dog that I regularly walk on a leash. WE have been attacked many times. NONE of those times were they a bully-breed. German shepard, Australian shepard, Black lab mix, Chijuajua, Catahoula leopard and Mastiff… I think that due to trends, there just happen to be more bully breeds and bully crosses around these parts these days – owned by people who don't know how to 'train' them. The three pits I know are REAL sweethearts!

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  2. Traci Bear Thiele

    LOOSE DOGS ARE MY ALL TIME PET PEEVE! I have been attacked and bitten by loose dogs 5 times in my life. My oldest daughter was also bitten in the face as a child. Now, I too have a small dog that I regularly walk on a leash. WE have been attacked many times. NONE of those times were they a bully-breed. German shepard, Australian shepard, Black lab mix, Chijuajua, Catahoula leopard and Mastiff… I think that due to trends, there just happen to be more bully breeds and bully crosses around these parts these days – owned by people who don't know how to 'train' them. The three pits I know are REAL sweethearts!

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  3. Traci Bear Thiele

    LOOSE DOGS ARE MY ALL TIME PET PEEVE! I have been attacked and bitten by loose dogs 5 times in my life. My oldest daughter was also bitten in the face as a child. Now, I too have a small dog that I regularly walk on a leash. WE have been attacked many times. NONE of those times were they a bully-breed. German shepard, Australian shepard, Black lab mix, Chijuajua, Catahoula leopard and Mastiff… I think that due to trends, there just happen to be more bully breeds and bully crosses around these parts these days – owned by people who don't know how to 'train' them. The three pits I know are REAL sweethearts!

    #66326
  4. Traci Bear Thiele

    LOOSE DOGS ARE MY ALL TIME PET PEEVE! I have been attacked and bitten by loose dogs 5 times in my life. My oldest daughter was also bitten in the face as a child. Now, I too have a small dog that I regularly walk on a leash. WE have been attacked many times. NONE of those times were they a bully-breed. German shepard, Australian shepard, Black lab mix, Chijuajua, Catahoula leopard and Mastiff… I think that due to trends, there just happen to be more bully breeds and bully crosses around these parts these days – owned by people who don't know how to 'train' them. The three pits I know are REAL sweethearts!

    #66568
  5. Traci Bear Thiele

    LOOSE DOGS ARE MY ALL TIME PET PEEVE! I have been attacked and bitten by loose dogs 5 times in my life. My oldest daughter was also bitten in the face as a child. Now, I too have a small dog that I regularly walk on a leash. WE have been attacked many times. NONE of those times were they a bully-breed. German shepard, Australian shepard, Black lab mix, Chijuajua, Catahoula leopard and Mastiff… I think that due to trends, there just happen to be more bully breeds and bully crosses around these parts these days – owned by people who don't know how to 'train' them. The three pits I know are REAL sweethearts!

    #68426
  6. Linda Stanton

    Eureka doesn't enforce leash laws either. My leashed dog and I have had problems at Redwood Fields and at the harbor with dogs coming after us.
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  7. Linda Stanton

    Eureka doesn't enforce leash laws either. My leashed dog and I have had problems at Redwood Fields and at the harbor with dogs coming after us.
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    #65621
  8. Linda Stanton

    Eureka doesn't enforce leash laws either. My leashed dog and I have had problems at Redwood Fields and at the harbor with dogs coming after us.
    '

    #66327
  9. Linda Stanton

    Eureka doesn't enforce leash laws either. My leashed dog and I have had problems at Redwood Fields and at the harbor with dogs coming after us.
    '

    #66569
  10. Linda Stanton

    Eureka doesn't enforce leash laws either. My leashed dog and I have had problems at Redwood Fields and at the harbor with dogs coming after us.
    '

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  11. Va Va Voom

    a lot of people can't distinguish between a true bully breed and ones that often are often confused for bully breeds. I know my dog isn't the friendliest upon initial contact so I take care to avoid other dogs when I walk him. ALWAYS on a leash. irresponsible owners are giving all breeds a bad name=(

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  12. Va Va Voom

    a lot of people can't distinguish between a true bully breed and ones that often are often confused for bully breeds. I know my dog isn't the friendliest upon initial contact so I take care to avoid other dogs when I walk him. ALWAYS on a leash. irresponsible owners are giving all breeds a bad name=(

    #65631
  13. Va Va Voom

    a lot of people can't distinguish between a true bully breed and ones that often are often confused for bully breeds. I know my dog isn't the friendliest upon initial contact so I take care to avoid other dogs when I walk him. ALWAYS on a leash. irresponsible owners are giving all breeds a bad name=(

    #66337
  14. Va Va Voom

    a lot of people can't distinguish between a true bully breed and ones that often are often confused for bully breeds. I know my dog isn't the friendliest upon initial contact so I take care to avoid other dogs when I walk him. ALWAYS on a leash. irresponsible owners are giving all breeds a bad name=(

    #66579
  15. Va Va Voom

    a lot of people can't distinguish between a true bully breed and ones that often are often confused for bully breeds. I know my dog isn't the friendliest upon initial contact so I take care to avoid other dogs when I walk him. ALWAYS on a leash. irresponsible owners are giving all breeds a bad name=(

    #68437
  16. Charity L. McAllister

    I was attacked by an unleashed dog on Mad River Beach. When my boyfriend confronted the owner by telling him there are leash laws in Arcata the owner laughed and kept walking down the beach while his dog ran ahead unconstrained. I haven't been back to the beach since. That was five years ago.

    #65308
  17. Charity L. McAllister

    I was attacked by an unleashed dog on Mad River Beach. When my boyfriend confronted the owner by telling him there are leash laws in Arcata the owner laughed and kept walking down the beach while his dog ran ahead unconstrained. I haven't been back to the beach since. That was five years ago.

    #65622
  18. Charity L. McAllister

    I was attacked by an unleashed dog on Mad River Beach. When my boyfriend confronted the owner by telling him there are leash laws in Arcata the owner laughed and kept walking down the beach while his dog ran ahead unconstrained. I haven't been back to the beach since. That was five years ago.

    #66328
  19. Charity L. McAllister

    I was attacked by an unleashed dog on Mad River Beach. When my boyfriend confronted the owner by telling him there are leash laws in Arcata the owner laughed and kept walking down the beach while his dog ran ahead unconstrained. I haven't been back to the beach since. That was five years ago.

    #66570
  20. Charity L. McAllister

    I was attacked by an unleashed dog on Mad River Beach. When my boyfriend confronted the owner by telling him there are leash laws in Arcata the owner laughed and kept walking down the beach while his dog ran ahead unconstrained. I haven't been back to the beach since. That was five years ago.

    #68428
  21. Jennifer Coriell

    Thank you for writing this! I agree and support you 100%!

    #65310
  22. Jennifer Coriell

    Thank you for writing this! I agree and support you 100%!

    #65623
  23. Jennifer Coriell

    Thank you for writing this! I agree and support you 100%!

    #66329
  24. Jennifer Coriell

    Thank you for writing this! I agree and support you 100%!

    #66571
  25. Jennifer Coriell

    Thank you for writing this! I agree and support you 100%!

    #68429
  26. Charlann Durham

    I am sorry that your dog was attacked. My dog was also attacked more than once by dogs that were not on leash and "friendly". It is sad that we live in such a beautiful place but are not safe to walk our dogs. I am glad someone is writing about this. Thank you.

    #65311
  27. Charlann Durham

    I am sorry that your dog was attacked. My dog was also attacked more than once by dogs that were not on leash and "friendly". It is sad that we live in such a beautiful place but are not safe to walk our dogs. I am glad someone is writing about this. Thank you.

    #65624
  28. Charlann Durham

    I am sorry that your dog was attacked. My dog was also attacked more than once by dogs that were not on leash and "friendly". It is sad that we live in such a beautiful place but are not safe to walk our dogs. I am glad someone is writing about this. Thank you.

    #66330
  29. Charlann Durham

    I am sorry that your dog was attacked. My dog was also attacked more than once by dogs that were not on leash and "friendly". It is sad that we live in such a beautiful place but are not safe to walk our dogs. I am glad someone is writing about this. Thank you.

    #66572
  30. Charlann Durham

    I am sorry that your dog was attacked. My dog was also attacked more than once by dogs that were not on leash and "friendly". It is sad that we live in such a beautiful place but are not safe to walk our dogs. I am glad someone is writing about this. Thank you.

    #68430
  31. Althea Christensen

    The only major difference between bully breeds and other large dogs is that they're far more likely to be owned by complete and utter morons. It's not the breed itself, it's the people who are attracted to the breed's bad reputation.

    #65312
  32. Althea Christensen

    The only major difference between bully breeds and other large dogs is that they're far more likely to be owned by complete and utter morons. It's not the breed itself, it's the people who are attracted to the breed's bad reputation.

    #65625
  33. Althea Christensen

    The only major difference between bully breeds and other large dogs is that they're far more likely to be owned by complete and utter morons. It's not the breed itself, it's the people who are attracted to the breed's bad reputation.

    #66331
  34. Althea Christensen

    The only major difference between bully breeds and other large dogs is that they're far more likely to be owned by complete and utter morons. It's not the breed itself, it's the people who are attracted to the breed's bad reputation.

    #66573
  35. Althea Christensen

    The only major difference between bully breeds and other large dogs is that they're far more likely to be owned by complete and utter morons. It's not the breed itself, it's the people who are attracted to the breed's bad reputation.

    #68431
  36. I've seen a woman in Eureka who carries a golf club. I suppose that a driver could make an impression on a pit bull, but I keep a I keep a 4" blade with me, just in case.

    #65313
  37. I've seen a woman in Eureka who carries a golf club. I suppose that a driver could make an impression on a pit bull, but I keep a I keep a 4" blade with me, just in case.

    #65626
  38. I've seen a woman in Eureka who carries a golf club. I suppose that a driver could make an impression on a pit bull, but I keep a I keep a 4" blade with me, just in case.

    #66332
  39. I've seen a woman in Eureka who carries a golf club. I suppose that a driver could make an impression on a pit bull, but I keep a I keep a 4" blade with me, just in case.

    #66574
  40. I've seen a woman in Eureka who carries a golf club. I suppose that a driver could make an impression on a pit bull, but I keep a I keep a 4" blade with me, just in case.

    #68432
  41. Eliot Owen Baker

    My dog passed away over a year ago, but it was a constant battle to be able to walk her safely around town (always on a leash). She was approached and attacked on several occasions. One guy said "that is just what dogs do." Another guy said after I screamed at him over and over to call off his dog who was attacking mine and reminded him about leash laws in Arcata, that I should "go back to L.A." My experience is that the culture here does not lean towards the safe or responsible. Children need to be raised. Dogs need to be trained and contained.

    #65314
  42. Eliot Owen Baker

    My dog passed away over a year ago, but it was a constant battle to be able to walk her safely around town (always on a leash). She was approached and attacked on several occasions. One guy said "that is just what dogs do." Another guy said after I screamed at him over and over to call off his dog who was attacking mine and reminded him about leash laws in Arcata, that I should "go back to L.A." My experience is that the culture here does not lean towards the safe or responsible. Children need to be raised. Dogs need to be trained and contained.

    #65627
  43. Eliot Owen Baker

    My dog passed away over a year ago, but it was a constant battle to be able to walk her safely around town (always on a leash). She was approached and attacked on several occasions. One guy said "that is just what dogs do." Another guy said after I screamed at him over and over to call off his dog who was attacking mine and reminded him about leash laws in Arcata, that I should "go back to L.A." My experience is that the culture here does not lean towards the safe or responsible. Children need to be raised. Dogs need to be trained and contained.

    #66333
  44. Eliot Owen Baker

    My dog passed away over a year ago, but it was a constant battle to be able to walk her safely around town (always on a leash). She was approached and attacked on several occasions. One guy said "that is just what dogs do." Another guy said after I screamed at him over and over to call off his dog who was attacking mine and reminded him about leash laws in Arcata, that I should "go back to L.A." My experience is that the culture here does not lean towards the safe or responsible. Children need to be raised. Dogs need to be trained and contained.

    #66575
  45. Eliot Owen Baker

    My dog passed away over a year ago, but it was a constant battle to be able to walk her safely around town (always on a leash). She was approached and attacked on several occasions. One guy said "that is just what dogs do." Another guy said after I screamed at him over and over to call off his dog who was attacking mine and reminded him about leash laws in Arcata, that I should "go back to L.A." My experience is that the culture here does not lean towards the safe or responsible. Children need to be raised. Dogs need to be trained and contained.

    #68433
  46. Citizens should shoot to kill all of the aggressive dogs that run loose.

    #65628
  47. Citizens should shoot to kill all of the aggressive dogs that run loose.

    #66334
  48. Citizens should shoot to kill all of the aggressive dogs that run loose.

    #66576
  49. Citizens should shoot to kill all of the aggressive dogs that run loose.

    #68434

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