WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News W Dog owner speaks out after Bark Park attack
MR. AUL, WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD YOU WANT TO PUT THIS PRECIOUS POODLE IN SUCH DANGER. DO NOT TAKE THIS SMALL DOG BACK TO ANY DOG PARK, AND ESPECIALLY NOT THIS ONE WHERE THIS PIT MAY BE. THAT'S A GOOD PIT BUT BECAUSE YOU FOUGHT SO HARD TO FREE BUBBA -- IT DIDN'T GET TO WHAT GOOD PITS DO....LATCH ON AND NOT LET GO UNTIL THE OTHER DOG IS DEAD. IT WILL FINISH THE JOB THE NEXT TIME. YOU HAVE A CHOICE NOW....DO NOT ENDANGER BUBBA AGAIN, PLEASE!!!!! IF YOU JUST HAVE TO GO TO A DOG PARK, JUST GET YOU A PIT FROM THE ANIMAL SHELTER...THEY ARE USUALLY FREE....AND THEN AT LEAST IT WILL BE AN EVEN MATCH AND CAN BE CORRECTLY CALLED A "DOG FIGHT". AND JUST SO YOU WILL KNOW....PIT BULLS ATTACKING OTHER ANIMALS IS NO RARE THING....................................http://www.dogsbitedecatural.com/search/label/Never%20take%20your%20dog%20to%20a%20dog%20park
(WSFA) - A dog owner is speaking out after his puppy was attacked by another dog at a popular Montgomery dog park.
“I can tell he's anxious of this place after what happened yesterday,” said dog owner Jeff Aul.
Aul's 1-year-old poodle, Bubba, was attacked by another pup at the Hannah Daye Ridling Bark Park off Vaughn Road Thursday.
had my dog rolled over on his back and had him by his throat. I did
everything I could do to grab any part of the PIT BULL and pull him
off,” Aul said.
Onlookers say it was an AMERICAN BULLDOG MIX that
attacked Bubba after Aul was washing him off in the wash station,
latching on to the poodle’s throat. Aul says he had to physically
grab hold of the other dog's jaw to pry the grip free. Bubba suffered a
wounded neck -- a gash that required three stitches.
tussle, Aul said he shouted out for the owner and no one immediately
claimed the dog he estimated to be at least 100 POUNDS.
really rare for something to happen. If it does, everyone has been
really good about exchanging numbers. I've never had any problems like
this before,” said Camilla Houston, a Bark Park volunteer.
Aul said that wasn't the case for him.
the owner gave me some false contact information. He gave me the wrong name and the wrong phone number so I have no way to get in touch with
him to get those vet fees reimbursed,” Aul said.
with the Montgomery County Humane Society say Montgomery's Bark Park,
like most dog parks, is enter at your own risk.
“The damages that
one dog causes another is going to ultimately come down to a civil
matter between the two owners,” said Montgomery Humane Officer Robert
Bryant said humane officers don’t typically get involved in a case when an animal attacks another. The
Bark Park is maintained by the city of Montgomery. Humane officers
staff the area to check tags and manage day-to-day activities.
thinks that if a staffer been on site when Bubba was attacked, the
incident could have been prevented. Bryant said there is nothing they
could have done besides urging the two owners to exchange correct
“They’re both where they have a legal right
to be. They can be at large at the dog park, and if they're not at the
dog park but they're on leash, they're still within legal limits,”
Aul recognizes that the incident could have been much worse and is just thankful Bubba is going to be ok.
a lot of smaller breeds out here, or even someone’s child, you know,
could have been injured in a situation such as this,” Aul said.
Despite the unfortunate circumstance, Aul says he and Bubba won’t be deterred from playing fetch in the future.
"Give him a week or two, you know, until he gets better and we'll be back,” Aul said.
Dog park volunteers and patrons emphasize that this is a rare, isolated incident.