Sunday, January 15, 2012

Bad Dogs and Leash Laws

This critter is the main reason why I have been missing from the web for the last week or so.  I live out in the county where there is no leash law.  Dogs are allowed to roam as they please.  They are only required to have a collar and rabies tags.  My neighbor got a puppy about a year ago and sometimes lets him loose.  Consequently there are times when I walk out my door only to get this greeting.  This was taken while I am still on my front porch. This photo was also taken last fall and the dog is now bigger and meaner.
Anyway about a little over a week ago I checked for the dog (something I don't feel like I should have to do) and since he was nowhere to be seen and the owner's car was not there; I went outside with my dog, Rascal. Rascal was a proper puppy and on a leash. Unfortunately this dog and another of the neighbors dogs came around the side of the house and came after Rascal and me; both of them barking and growling.  I was able to control my dog as he was on a leash, but in doing so I wrenched my arms and shoulder, sprained my knee and sprained my fingers.  I was able to keep my dog from getting hurt, however Tom had to come out to chase the dogs away.  He heard the dogs and came to my rescue, for which I was very grateful.  I ended up in the ER from all the jerking around (I only had strains and muscle pulls but by the next day I felt like I'd been beat all over.  I hurt all over.  This also caused a fibromyalsia flare which just added to the pain.  I was unable to lift my laptop, set it on my lap or type without pain so no blogging, no facebook and little visiting of other blogs.
Spalding county used to be made up of farms and houses on acrages where the lack of leash laws made sense.  This is no longer the case.  I guess I am going to have to get politically active and try to get the county commissioners to change the leash laws.  I now have a couple of movies of the dog (the photo is one frame from one of them) and medical bills to show them.  Wish me luck.


CorvusCorax12 said...

WOW..i love my dogs but don't have any use for people like this...i hope you will be successful and hopefully stay save , at least not sustain any more injuries :S

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Good luck, Johnina! No one should have to live being terrorized by other people's dogs. I hope you feel better soon too.

Anonymous said...

We owned a Grooming Shop some time ago. Consequently customers would ask for Help with behavior of their animals. As time went on you realize that most pet owners are lazy. When I encounter a naughty or BAD dog I want to SLAP the owner. Its not the animals fault it is the owner. Unfortunately, the animal pays the price. The owner of that dog is accountable for your injuries. Most likely nothing will come of it at least there will be a complaint made. Next time it could be much worse. I hope you feel better soon so sorry for your injuries and I am glad that they did not get your dog too.

young-eclectic-encounters said...

Thanks so much for the support- I am feeling better

Lolit C said...

Oh so sorry to hear that. Yes we've been missing you lately. Glad to hear you're feeling better. I totally agree with "Anonymous" on behavior of dogs and owner's accountability and responsibility. I remember back home, a neighbor's boy annoyed our dog, which is inside the fence and he was bitten. Our dog is vaccinated and not stray so sure is not rabied. But still I spent for the boy's anti-rabies shots.
Hope you'd continue to feel better. Happy New Year!

Anns Art said...

I have just caught up on some blogs, yours being one of them and I am so sorry to read about your problems. I didn't realise there were areas in your part of the world where dogs could roam like this, especially mean ones. I do so hope you look after yourselves and your little dog, but it isn't fair for you to have to keep checking when you go out of is stopping you living your life as you wish after all. So good luck with the officials and I sincerely hope you manage to change the law there.