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Okin 01-13-2014 10:54 AM

Neighbors dogs just got out and bit a guy and his dog pretty bad
What a horrible situation. I got a call from my wife crying saying someone in my front yard was yelling Help Me! and being attacked by a dog. She looked again and recognized it as my neighbors Neapolitan mastiff. I work about 10 minutes away so I ran home. These dogs know me pretty well so I figured I might be able to help. I got there about 10 minutes later and the fire dept and ambulance were there. The dogs were still out and I was told they were going to put the dog down. I asked if I could try to get them since they know me and I used a lasso type of collar and got them back in the yard. The fight was over by the time I got there but from what I understand two dogs got out but only one got in to the fight. I managed to get them both in her back yard. The guy went to the hospital and his dog was pretty beat up but still walking around. Her dog was bit up a good bit also.

The dog that got in to the fight was a rescue dog that was left with mange tied to a tree in the middle of the woods. He is now 120 lbs and was 60 lbs when she got him. She nursed him back to health. In the seven years I have lived there I have never seen her dogs out of the yard. This particular dog they got in to it with has trouble with all the dogs in the neighborhood. It is no excuse I know but a sad situation. From what she was saying a couple weeks ago the same dog got free from his owner and ran across the street in to her yard and got in to it with the same dog so they have a history. I believe the guy got bitten trying to separate them.

Liesje 01-13-2014 11:11 AM

:( Sounds like a horrible accident. Hope the guy and both dogs are OK.

MichaelE 01-13-2014 11:12 AM

I would not want to get into a fray with a 120 Lbs dog of any breed.

huntergreen 01-13-2014 12:21 PM

nice job op, but i don't think this is going to end well for the mastiff,

Stevenzachsmom 01-13-2014 12:37 PM

Very sad. I wish the dogs had not been left outside in a yard they could escape from. It sounds like the mastiff isn't completely to blame, yet he will get all the blame just the same. Thank you for helping. You are a good neighbor. Hope the outcome isn't as bad as I think it will be.

Chip18 01-13-2014 12:46 PM

Wow great job on helping out by hubby! Hope no lasting injury to those involved. And I would hope the Mastiff could get the kinda help he really needs at this point.

SoCal Rebell 01-13-2014 12:53 PM

A Mastiff is a strange breed, I had my dog at dogpark and he was minding his own business when a 150 lb. Mastiff just walked up to him a bit Cutter in the face, had a big gash above one eye. Instantly Cutter charged him and put him on his back and had the Mastiff by the neck which is when I pull him off, the Mastiff just ran away. Just very weird that the Mastiff would be that aggressive with no provocation.

JackandMattie 01-13-2014 08:44 PM

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That's a tough situation for all involved. It's fortunate you were there to help when you were! I empathize with the mastiff's rescuer. My Jack has had a couple of close calls, and the result is that I manage him *very* closely. He is gentle as a lamb with a 7-year old human, but God (and training) save any aggressive poodle-doodle-toy dog that makes the first move :( Though, mine has never put any one in hospital, or even to the vet... But we just never know with the rescues. So sorry for the owner. She clearly went above and beyond, but some dogs just need constant supervision until they are totally proofed. I've had enough close calls, thankfully, to learn this before having my own tragic story to share :( Wishing all a speedy recovery, and a one free bite law for the mastiff, like we have here in Texas. Maybe if the dog gets that, you can help the owner connect with the professional handler she needs to consult...

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zyppi 01-13-2014 08:53 PM

if it was an English Mastiff, that would be really unusual. They're such gentle giants.

selzer 01-13-2014 09:12 PM

I think it might have to do with the severity of the bite. Sometimes if someone gets bit separating dogs that are fighting, the dog doesn't automatically get put down.

But, if you have a 120 pound dog, then you have to be better than leaving it in a fenced yard. No way do you leave it in a yard, and then leave the premises. She should get a healthy fine, and be responsible for vet and hospital bills of all parties.

I hope they don't kill her dog. If there was even one dog-at-large charge against her in reference to the Neopolitan Mastiff, then it would be a different story. If the mastiff left off attacking the dog, and attacked the owner with several bites, then put it down.

A good lawyer with experience defending dog owners should be able to prevent euthanasia, I think.

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