Pet owners in Omaha and Council Bluffs raise awareness of dog walking attacks
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (WOWT) – In an instant, walking the dog can go from a good exercise to a traumatic incident. Lately, pet owners in Omaha and Council Bluffs have been going through the same kind of scary times.
You won’t see a horny six year old Lilly pulling on her leash.
“She doesn’t really want to walk around the neighborhood anymore,” said Patty Woods, owner of Lilly.
Patty suffered a pavement burn and a small bite, but saved Lilly from serious injury.
“He bumped into him and didn’t let go,” said John Higgins, owner of Dexter.
In Omaha, Dexter fared worse in a different incident as John Higgins and his wife walked on a downtown sidewalk.
“And the dog crossed the street and attacked us,” Higgins said.
John remembers a large breed mixed breed dog on a leash that his owner couldn’t hold onto.
“And I was trying to push him away as I was falling in the bush, and I was hitting the dog as much as I could,” Higgins said.
After the two dog incidents, the owners of the injured animals say they are staying vigilant. The first thought you might have to protect yourself and your pet from an attack while walking is pepper spray.
But human society suggests something much less irritable to the nose and to humans.
“And that noise will probably work better than pepper spray.” It will be more immediate. Sometimes pepper spray doesn’t react as quickly as people think, ”said Steve Glandt, Nebraska Humanitarian Society.
Human society has a report on Dexter’s attack and the owner of the attacking dog left a written apology at the scene for an animal control officer to contact her.
“The lady couldn’t hold the dog,” Higgins said.
At Council Bluffs, Animal Control and Patty don’t know who owns the dog that attacked Lilly and walked away without leaving a name or number.
“I want him to come and apologize to us, I want him to make this his own,” Wood said.
While their dogs are sniffing, pet owners should keep an eye out so that a relaxing walk doesn’t suddenly turn into a struggle for survival.
Besides having vet or doctor bills to pay, another reason owners of injured dogs want animal control in Omaha and Council Bluffs is to take action against the owners of the attacked dogs.
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