When Dogs Attack And Owners Don’t Respond

Those are my the fur baby boys I have. This photo is several months old so Guido is no longer a teeny puppy and Dexter has a little military looking haircut but they are still my little babies none the less. A few weeks ago we had the unfortunate event of Guido being attacked by our neighbors dog in OUR very own back yard which is fenced. It has one small area that is a bit open but we have blocked off so our dogs could not get through. Unfortunately it didn’t stop their dogs from jumping over and one day I heard my little Guido barking in terror and I could not get out to help him due to fear of big dogs. Once my husband got home he was able to scare them off and we got Guido to the vet when we found out they had punctured him in 3 different areas. Luckily there was nothing extremely damaging and we were able to get him through it with some antibiotics to ward off infection from the bites.

After that attack my husband tried several times to contact them and they would never answer their door. So he went and built up the area on our side of the fence in an attempt to keep the dogs out.   Because we have to be able to let our dogs out and our children love to go out and play in our fenced backyard. All seemed fine for almost two weeks and we had my parents dog over for the day when they jumped the area my husband had fixed and attacked my parents dog. I immediately called animal control and they came out to serve them a notice. Two dogs attacked and still no response from the owners. Charlie Brown (my parents dog) wasn’t as lucky as dexter and had worse bites that needed staples to close. With mounting vet bills we continually tried to contact them to no avail and they did not respond to the TWO notices served by animal control. My husband once again fixed the fence in two different areas because now they were coming in from the field behind our house through a hole in the barbed wire fence. He closed the hole that was on the back part of the fence and the dogs realized they couldn’t get through anymore.

Even though we haven’t seen them the last two weeks we have still not been letting our dogs out without being right there on the steps to watch them and get them back in. This morning I let them out like usual and as always they were barking because they heard those dogs then I looked a bit closer and realized they were barking because they saw the dogs in the field, I am yelling for my dogs to come in and starting to walk out to get them when those dogs start running and jump the barbed wire fence completely. My little dog was fast enough but the neighbors husky threw my yorkie for a loop just long enough that he wasn’t fast enough and their gold dog started attacking him. I was screaming, crying and frantic as I watched each moment of this attack. I was frozen in place because I am fearful of big dogs and my husband comes running in to see what is wrong. He yelled at the dogs who weren’t letting go and startled them only enough to make them lose their grip and Dexter was able to get away. They acted like they were going to try to follow him until they saw my husband.  Dexter was bleeding badly and limping and my heart was broken over this all the while so angry I could spit nails.

I immediately called 911 and my husband went back over to their house, with no response to his pounding on the door. I don’t know about you but if someone is pounding on my door at 6 something in the morning I am going to answer it and be angry. Not them, no answer at all. I have been on and off the phone all morning with animal control and have an affidavit to fill out now. What if that had been one of my children? The owners are not caring that their dogs are not staying in their yard and are not taking responsibility for the attacks that are happening. They are not responding to our attempts to contact them. As a momma to human babies and fur babies I can not sit back while there are dangerous animals out and about. I don’t know what exactly the next steps are but I do know they will be taking responsibility one way or another.

Have you ever had to deal with an issue like this?

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Hi! I'm Toni. I am a happily married, christian, momma of 3 living on Florida's sunny Gulf Coast. I am a lifestyle blogger and Seint Arist. I started blogging when my last child was born as a way to share my love of all things travel, cooking, beauty, recipes, and more. Now pull up a chair, grab a glass of sweet tea and let's get to know each other. I truly hope you enjoy getting A Daily Dose of Toni!


  1. 1

    Girl you are so much stronger than me… If you don’t have any, get some pepper spray… As far as your neighbors, you need to take them to small claims court… If this DOES happen to a child (Praying it doesn’t) …Then they can become criminally liable.. You have done everything you can to protect your property… Those dogs are vicious.. and they need to be put away… Can Animal Control not capture them? I’m so sorry you are going through all of this…

  2. 2

    That is really sad! Honestly, it’s against the law (in my area) to have an animal that is a danger to other animals and humans.

  3. 3

    Oh my goodness, that is awful. I am so sorry. 🙁

  4. 4

    I think it is absolutely horrible that you all are having to deal with these irresponsible pet owners and that the cops and animal control will not help.

  5. 5

    That is horrible that the cops won’t do anything! I would take them to small claims court and make them pay for the vet bills. You’ll get their attention then.

  6. 6

    My sis had this happen two months ago and a Pit Bull attacked and nearly killed her dog. He came in their yard and it was a mess. People do not realize the seriousness of it all.

  7. 7

    I hate you are going through this… it’s a shame. The owners know exactly what’s going on, they’re just trying to avoid you. 🙁

  8. 8

    That is absolutely horrible! Something needs to be done. I’d be calling animal control every day until something happened.

    So sorry girl.

  9. 9

    I would call the police and a lawyer, and sue the HELL out of them. I would also probably shoot their dogs to protect my own, because I’ll be damned if I let any person or pet I love be attacked.

  10. 10

    That is INSANE! They’re going to end up losing those dogs because they haven’t been controlling them, but I get the feeling they couldn’t care less. I’m so sorry that you’ve been dealing with this!

  11. 11

    I’m so sorry your family is having to deal with this. Poor little furry babies!

  12. 12

    So sad 🙁

  13. 13

    That sounds horrible!! We just adopted a cockapoo last week and he’s all of about 15 lbs soaking wet. I’d feel so helpless if a big dog came and attacked him, especially in my own yard!!

  14. 14

    I’m sorry. Some people should just not own animals!

  15. 15

    It could easily be a child that they are attacking. Unfortunately, that might be what it takes for something to be done. This happened in my aunt’s neighborhood, and nothing was done until they attacked a little girl.

  16. 16

    What’s weird to me is that these people never answer the door. You almost need to stalk them and get in their face when they leave their house. Your poor puppies, I would be SO angry.

  17. 17

    That is horrible. When I was a kid I delivered newspapers early in the morning. I used to be chased by a husky while the owner watched. It was scary and the owner never did anything to stop his dog. I love pets, and I have two dogs, but you need to ensure that they don’t hurt anyone.