The owner of two pit bulls that attacked another dog and its owner on March 1st at 22nd & Boyer has responded to neighborhood concerns about safety by pledging to do more to “insure the safety of others and their pets.”
We have two pit bulls – a male and a female. We have had them for about four years. One we raised from a puppy and the other was a rescue dog. We love our dogs as much as other pet owners love theirs. Both animals have been through obedience training at the Academy of Cannine Behavior and their behavior has been assessed. Both animals are extremely loving to humans which is a characteristic of their breed. At the same time, pit bulls do have certain traits that are specific to the breed which means that they do not always get along with other dogs. We are responsible dog owners. We do not let our animals run loose off of our property and the dogs are double collared when we walk them in case one collar breaks. When we see another dog in the vicinity we cross the street. The major problem we encounter is people with unleashed dogs and those runners with dogs who run up behind us un-announced.
What happend the other day… was an unforseeable accident. My wife was walking the dogs by herself while I was out of town and she encountered [the victim] and his dog at a blind corner not knowing that he was in vicinity. When his dog barked at our dogs they lunged at his dog and that unfortunatley resulted in a collision. In the past, my wife walking the dogs by herself was able to control them without incident and this unfortunalely turned out not to be the case… My wife was also injured in the incident. None of this is to suggest that [the victim] is any way at fault. We are deeply sorry for what happened… and have offered to pay his medical expenses. Meahwhile, I want to assure the neighborhood that we will do everything within our power to make sure that this incident does not reoccur. My wife will not walk the dogs by herself and we are sending both dogs back for another round of obedience training at not inconsiderable expense. In the future, we will avoid [this] neighborhood when walking our dogs to address his particular concerns. We fully understand the consequences of another incident like this – at best we would be forced to re-home the dogs and more likley we would be compelled to have them euthanized.
We recognize that we have a responsibility to insure the safety of others and their pets and are doing every thing possible to fulfill that responsiblity.
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