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post #23 of (permalink) Old 05-23-2019, 02:00 PM
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A few years ago I was bitten by a pit bull while waking across my own front yard. He ripped the seat out of my pants and bit me on the leg, leaving a few puncture wounds. Fortunately, I managed to get in the house and call the sheriff's department. In the spirit of being a good neighbor, I didn't press charges against the owner, who lived across the street and down a couple of houses. Animal Control had a talk with the owner and the matter was considered settled. Two months later, I was walking my elderly dog nearly half a mile away and the same pit bull attacked my dog. A neighbor distracted the pit bull and allowed us to get into his house. Once again I called the sheriff's department. The deputy explained that since my dog wasn't seriously injured, all he could cite the owner for was allowing his dog to run at large. So I asked the deputy what I should do long term. He asked if I held a concealed weapons permit, which I did. Since I lived in the county, and not in any city limits, he recommended I arm myself. He said that after two documented attacks, if I shot the dog, no one in law enforcement would give me slightest grief. From then on, I carried my 9mm while on walks, though I never again was troubled by the dog. The county finally declared the dog a nuisance and the neighbor moved to avoid the unaffordable homeowners insurance. Good riddance.


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