Sunday, April 17, 2011
Started Early, Attacked by Dog
So last night, she is on a radio run and when she gets on the scene, the complainant has a poodle. This poodle runs up to my wife and happily jumps all over her legs/pants. They spend a happy moment together and then everyone gets down to business. I don't know what the call was about but everything was resolved relatively quickly.
Later that night, responding the second time to reports of a family fight at a different location from the poodle house, she rolls up with other officers and as they are approaching the house, the unleashed pit bull who lives there runs directly at her (from what I gather, the dog had his choice of targets) and attacks her. She tried to shield her face and vital organs by facing into a corner and kick off the attacking dog but got bit in the leg and hand. By some miracle no real damage was done (the dog's teeth didn't penetrate her gear - but left tooth-shaped bruises). They couldn't shoot the attacking dog because she was caught in a corner with the dog between her and the other officers. Luckily, another officer was able to get at the dog's collar and yank it away from her and then the rest of them subdued the pit bull.
So, now after attracting two dogs in one night (and never having encountered any problems ever before), we have to wonder if the scent of our dog makes my wife a target at work for other dogs. Maybe the pit bull smelled the poodle on her. Or maybe the poodle smelled our dog. Or maybe it was just bad luck. This town is full of pit bulls and I am kind of getting worried. Lots of cops own dogs - can doing so make one more of a target? Or is this just the way a person who never had a dog thinks?
(Note: that isn't a photo of the dog in question - just some random pit bull I found on the net.)
(Note: Jackson Brodie explained some of what to to if attacked by a dog in Case Histories. Neither of his methods would've worked here - the breaking of their legs trick or stuffing one's fist/arm down the dog's throat. I know my wife had training on dog attacks - but in this case, the dog was almost instantly on her. Don't know how you train someone for that.)