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06 April 2014 @ 05:51 pm
This Should Never Have Happened.  
I have a ton of comments in my inbox and I'm so far behind on my Flist that LJ won't let me go back that far - (how come it doesn't let us go back as far as it used to?) - but I'm just trying to take it all one thing at a time, because this has seriously been a bad few weeks around here. Hopefully I'll get around to telling you all about it, but for now let's start with this: My mom's dog was mauled by another dog while they were out walking.


My mom and her dog, Winston, stepped out for their walk on Wednesday afternoon and a dog came out of nowhere and attacked. The little 10yr old girl across the street, who saw the whole thing, told the cop later that the other dog was hiding under Mom's ramp. The dog picked Winston up in his mouth - Winston weighs 30-some pounds - and shook him around. My mom threw herself on Winston to pull the dog off - (not the smartest move but she was acting on instinct) - but the dog wouldn't let go. He bit Winston everywhere. Besides the large wounds, Winston has tiny bites all over his body. The dog got a hold of Winston's stomach and ripped it open. Then he grabbed Winston by the leg and dragged him around until his leg was stripped to the bone. A neighbor saw it and ran over and starting beating the other dog in the head with a stick. It went on for 20 minutes. Several people tried to help; a teenager who came over to help but our neighbor screamed at him (and at my mom) to get back because the dog was going to kill someone, a woman who went to the house the dog was from and pounded on the door screaming that their dog was attacking someone (she says she thinks someone was inside but they wouldn't come to the door), and someone who called 911. When he ran over to help, the neighbor threw Mom off the dogs and she fell into the street and bruised her whole side, but considering she could have had her throat ripped out, we are grateful.

Eventually, he beat the dog enough that it let go and then he stood on the dog's head with both feet. The dog's eyes were open and glazed and he wasn't moving and our neighbor yelled at my mom to grab Winston and get inside. Mom was afraid to approach and the neighbor said, "It's okay, I think he's dead. I think I killed him and I don't care, just get Winston." The little neighbor girl ran over and helped Mom get her door open and get Winston inside. When my mom got him in the bathtub to check his wounds, she saw that his intensitines were hanging out. The neighbor said he'd file the police report while Mom took Winston to the vet. Mom called my sister and asked for her credit card but didn't say what had happened, but my sister could tell something was seriously wrong with Mom, so she went up to the vet to see what was going on. (she called me later in tears, after having seen Winston's wounds). The vet said they had two options and they had to decide right then: take him to the emergency vet clinic like 30 minutes away for surgery or put him down right now, because he was in pain and the longer they wait, the less likely his chances. Mom was hysterical and in shock and covered head to toe in Winston's blood and my sister thought that after witnessing this traumatic event, if Winston died like that, it would kill Mom. She is in poor health and she lives for that dog. So the vet wrapped him up as tight as they could and loaded him into my sister's car and she drove to the Animal ER - (she was afraid the whole way that Winston was going to die in the backseat in Mom's lap).

The surgery took several hours - they didn't get home until 3am. They said his insides were not shredded but they did have wounds in them, so he was at high rick for infection and septic. However, they got him into surgery real fast, so that improved his chances. In the meantime, my aunt went to the house and cleaned up. She said there was a trail of blood to the bathroom and the tub was filled with blood and she didn't want Mom to come home to that. The cops got enough witness statements to confiscate the other dog. One of our neighbors - who brought Mom a plate of brownies - said that both she and her dog have been attacked by dogs from that same family. The family paid the vet bill the first time and the second time they brought proof that they had put the dog down - though later she swore she saw the same dog going into their house again. She has two small kids and they are moving solely because of these people letting their viscous animals run loose. People having their dogs not chained, penned or leashed in this neighborhood is actually a big problem - if you remember a loose dog knocking Mom over last year and breaking her arm.

Winston is doing fairly well, but he's still in the Critical Care Unit and has some fluid build-up and inflammation in his intestines, which is worrisome, but he is walking around and coherent and interested in the smell of food, though he won't eat yet. The vet bills are astronomical, but there was nothing for it - we couldn't let my mom watch her dog get mauled to death. The family has all graciously opened their checkbooks to help us out and my cousin, who is a vet tech, knows of several charities and we have already got assistance from one of them. Everyone has really come together over this - family, friends, our neighborhood. I just wish people took loose dogs more seriously, because this kind of thing should never happen. I am so grateful the dog didn't go after Mom or the little girl across the street or attack when any of my cousins kids were over visiting Mom. Winston is the sweetest dog, so sweet in fact, that he didn't even fight back. If he makes it through this week, I'll think we'll be in the clear, but he still has a ways to go and he will probably have life long ailments because of this. We plan to sue the shit out of the dog owners and recoup our money and put any extra aside for Winston's long term care. Mom's shock finally wore off, but she is still shaken and I think she will never be the same again after witnessing that.

Any good thoughts, vibes or prayers you can send Winston's way would be appreciated. Give your beloved furry family members extra cuddles tonight in his honor. I'll try to let you know how he's doing in a few days.

(ETA: I've been informed that the attacking dog has not been put down yet. It is in quarantine but there is a process that has to be gone through before he can be put down. We'll see what happens with that.)
 
 
 
Denidenig37 on April 6th, 2014 10:34 pm (UTC)
Poor little guy, I hope he gets better soon.

We have a similar dog problem in my village here, the damn gypsies steal dogs, let them run around dirty, have lots of puppies, get hungry, sick (and infectious) and they eat them when they don't have anything else and they don't find anything to steal (after they drink away all the money they siphon from the state by having 10+ kids that they don't care about).

dodger_sister: comfortdodger_sister on April 12th, 2014 08:33 pm (UTC)
Poor little guy, I hope he gets better soon.

Thank you, babe. I'm going to do an update later, but Winston is home now and doing fairly well, all things considered.

We have a similar dog problem in my village here,

It's just awful that people mistreat their animals and then let them run loose like that. No wonder these animals are aggressive, if they are so ill treated. I know I should be grateful we don't have worse problems here, like in Detroit where they have packs of wild dogs roaming the streets of the city, but no one should be afraid to go outside of their house for fear of being mauled. As it is right now, my mom is in danger every time she goes out to get into her car and that is NOT acceptable.
Shirebound: Hope - frodoforever.comshirebound on April 6th, 2014 11:09 pm (UTC)
I'm utterly horrified and shocked to hear about this, and I wish I could race to you and your mom and put my arms around you both and never let go. I'm so, so sorry, my friend. If this happened to my sweet Pippin I don't think I'd ever recover. Please please let us know what happens. I wish Winston the best recovery possible, and hopefully a long life wrapped in all the love you and your family can give him. And I wish your mother healing, physically and emotionally, whatever may come.

♥ ♥ ♥
dodger_sister: comfortdodger_sister on April 12th, 2014 08:40 pm (UTC)
If this happened to my sweet Pippin I don't think I'd ever recover

I know so many people who have offered us help because they took one second to think about this happening to their own pet and the thought is too much to handle. I can't even imagine a dog going after one of my cats - they wouldn't even understand what was happening to them. Winston is home now, so we are headed in the right direction and I can't thank you enough for all your help and support. It means so much to us.

And I wish your mother healing, physically and emotionally, whatever may come.

I think this is the next big step - helping both her and Winston get over their nerves. While Winston was still in the hospital, my mom walked us over a plate of food from her house - three doors down and across the street - and said she saw a loose dog running around the neighborhood just walking over. It was so scary to think about, her out walking with a dog loose like that - thinking about everything that has happened. We are getting her pepper spray to carry with her and that's the thing...no one should have to carry pepper spray because they are afraid of being mauled by a dog. Winston's nerves are up and he seems to be having trouble going outside to go to the bathroom, now that he's home, so I think the mental recovery is going to be a major factor from here on out.

Certainly the outpouring of support from the community has been wonderful though and reaffirming, for sure. <3s
Shirebound: Pippin gazeshirebound on April 12th, 2014 09:08 pm (UTC)
I think pepper spray is a good idea. It might help your mom feel more secure as she gets over this experience.

*hugs and loves to her and Winstonpup*
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on April 6th, 2014 11:57 pm (UTC)
I got your email and visited the website. *HUMONGOUS HUGS*

Too bad you can't force that family to move.

I have a lot going on inside of me about this (obv. not as much as you guys) and can't really get coherent with it right now, but I'm so SO sorry this happened.
dodger_sister: comfortdodger_sister on April 12th, 2014 08:47 pm (UTC)
I haven't replied to your email yet but just taking this moment to say, "I love you too!" and you are amazing and we all appreciate your support. My little brother actually called to inquiry about you and say 'thank you' for everything. Winston is home now, still having some issues, but infection free, so one step at a time.

Too bad you can't force that family to move.

IKR? It is beyond reason that people are moving out of our neighborhood because of this one family and yet they get to stay right where they are.

I have a lot going on inside of me about this (obv. not as much as you guys) and can't really get coherent with it right now, but I'm so SO sorry this happened.

Thank you, babe. You know, I think I did fairly well the night that it happened - I was in crisis mode and my sister and I always do very well in crisis mode. But the next day was harsh and everything kind of piled up on me (I am also on a new medicine that had started giving me nasty side effects, so it was a rough week all around). But now that Winston is home, the adrenaline has worn off and I think now we've just sort of settled into anger that no one takes an attack like this seriously. I bet the cops and prosecutors would feel differently if they had witnessed the attack.
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on April 14th, 2014 11:11 pm (UTC)
<3

It's funny how, in the moment, people can be all kinds of competent but then fall apart later on. I know that's the way my instinct tends to work; I'm not surprised to hear it about you and your sister.

I saw the video of Winston coming home, and it was adorable.
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on April 7th, 2014 12:05 am (UTC)
That is a horrible story and I am so sorry that your family had to go through that, especially your mom. I'm sending good wishes your way that Winston will recover.

And yes, you should sue the f**k out of those motherf**ckers. Christ.
dodger_sister: comfortdodger_sister on April 12th, 2014 08:58 pm (UTC)
That is a horrible story and I am so sorry that your family had to go through that, especially your mom.

Thank you, darling. Mom being in shock was also a scary thing, because her health is so bad to begin with. I can't imagine witnessing something like that happening to any animal, let alone one that I know and love the way Mom loves her boy. Winston is home now and has made good strides, though there may be issues with his digestion because of the internal damage. It's too soon to say for sure.

And yes, you should sue the f**k out of those motherf**ckers. Christ.

You better believe it! My sister was reading the comments here and got a smile out of this comment from you and said to say 'thank you'. I'll tell you, straight up, the cost is over 5k at the moment and he'll still have follow ups and medicines and any future problems he'll have because of the internal damage done. I am hoping we get about 7k total from them and also if we can get a stipulation put in that they have to pen in their backyard to meet proper regulations, so hopefully this won't happen in the future (at least not by their dogs, that won't help all the other loose dogs running around our neighborhood all the damn time). It'll take months though to get this all handled in court, so in the meantime, we are going on a budget.
Claudia's Coveclaudia603 on April 7th, 2014 12:22 am (UTC)
I know we don't know each other, but shirebound told me about this awful, awful attack. I am so very sorry. I'm so horrified to read about it. I'm so sorry this happened to your mom. I'm glad she wasn't hurt in the attack, too, but oh my gosh, people who are that irresponsible with their dogs deserve the worst possible :(( (I have two kitties and I don't know what I would do if any of them got attacked like that).
dodger_sister: comfortdodger_sister on April 12th, 2014 09:08 pm (UTC)
I know we don't know each other, but shirebound told me about this awful, awful attack. I am so very sorry.

Thank you so much for the kind words. I know you from around the pond a bit, from Shirebound's journal and a few of your fic I have commented on. I mentioned this comment to my sister (baylorsr) and she knew your name immediately as well!

I'm so horrified to read about it. I'm so sorry this happened to your mom. I'm glad she wasn't hurt in the attack, too, but oh my gosh, people who are that irresponsible with their dogs deserve the worst possible

My mom is not in the best of health and her going into shock the way she did over the whole thing could have really done some damage itself. As it is, all her disorders had major flareups due to the stress of this all. On the upside though, Winston has finally gotten to come home! He still has internal damage and scars, but his health seems to be improving so much more just for being home. Now we are in a fight to keep them from releasing the attacking dog back to its owner (who lives across the street from Mom). This is the second dog they have had attack someone and it makes me furious that nothing has ever been done to force them to pen their backyard properly. So many people let their animals run loose in this neighborhood and I don't understand how they could do that - it's not safe for people and it's not safe for other animals and it isn't even safe for their animal itself.

(I have two kitties and I don't know what I would do if any of them got attacked like that).

The same thought came into my mind with my own cats and it was too awful to even imagine. The worst fight they've ever been in is swatting each other in the face over bedtime treats - they wouldn't know what to do with any aggressive animal coming at them. It's just too sad to even think about.

Thank you so much for all the support! One of the good things that has come out of this tragedy is how much love and outpouring from people we have been receiving and it has truly filled us with hope. Many hugs for your and your cats! <3
lindahoylandlindahoyland on April 7th, 2014 01:16 am (UTC)
So very sorry to hear about your Mum's dog.What a dreadful thing to happen. Sending lots of good thoughts and prayers to your Mum and Winston.
dodger_sister: comfortdodger_sister on April 12th, 2014 09:10 pm (UTC)
So very sorry to hear about your Mum's dog.What a dreadful thing to happen. Sending lots of good thoughts and prayers to your Mum and Winston.

Thank you, darling. I honestly can't imagine my mom having those images in her head like she does. And poor Winston, has never hurt so much as a fly in his life. He doesn't even 'attack' his play toys. All of your good thoughts and prayers are appreciated! Winston has come home. He still have some issues, but infection free at the moment and so, so happy to be home! <3s
Caera1996caera1996 on April 7th, 2014 01:44 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry that happened. I'll be saying special prayers for Winston and your mom. I hope he pulls through, and your mom recovers from such a terribly traumatic thing. I hate when people don't take care and control of their animals seriously.
dodger_sister: comfortdodger_sister on April 12th, 2014 09:16 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry that happened. I'll be saying special prayers for Winston and your mom. I hope he pulls through, and your mom recovers from such a terribly traumatic thing.

Thank you so much. It has been a rough week around here for sure and Mom has been having trouble sleeping and handling everything, but Winston is home at last and doing fairly well, all things considered! His appetite is next to nothing, but it's to be expected with the damage done to his insides.

I hate when people don't take care and control of their animals seriously.

Me too. It makes me wonder - if this is the second dog this family has had that has attacked someone - what are they doing to their animals that is making them so aggressive and viscious? And if they know the dog is aggressive, even with just other animals, why would they let it roam free like that? Why would anyone let their dog roam free in the city anyways - it's not just a danger to others, it's a danger to the dog - it could get hit by a car or something. I will never understand it.

Thank you so much for the kind words of support. Hope you are well!