Hello everyone. I'm a new member here yet I've been a long time reader and hold a current concealed license. (around guns all my life)
I've recently had a hip replacement and have to walk several miles on a daily basis. I am also on blood thinners so I am what you would call a 'bleeder'. I carry a S&W M&P compact in 357Sig.
I have read with interest the response from the recent post about dog attacks. Dog owners seem to feel that it's OK for a dog to charge you as long as he doesn't bite. After all, he is just doing his job. I take it as a personal assault and I believe every dog should be leased. A law that is rarely enforced.
My biggest threat over the past few years living here in Clearwater Fl. has not been with humans. I have had three incidents (close calls) in the past two years with attack type dogs.(Boxer, Rottweiler, Pitbull) The Pitbull and Rotweiler were both similar incidents where there were young girls walking them on a leash and were being dragged by the dogs. Had they gotten loose I don't really know what would have happened as the dogs were barking and growling viciously. I do not believe these dogs had any good intent. I was prepared to take immediate action had they gotten loose.
Here is the scenario as I see it. Had the dog charged me and I shot BEFORE he bit me the question would be asked..."how did you know the dog was in fact going to bite you?" or... "my dog barks loudly but never has bitten anyone,he is really a sweet dog." or..."Do you shoot at every dog that growls at you or approaches you?"
My answer would be..."I feared for my life."
Shooting a dog would put me as the bad guy unless the dog actually bit me. The 'bite' is absolute proof of the intent to do harm. Though many will still see you as a violent, pet killing bad guy (see story below).
I feel especially vulnerable due to the fact I bleed so easily. I could hear a lawyer painting the picture of me being the bad guy... 'overly protective' or 'a severe over reaction due to my condition' and I can imagine witnesses saying the dog never bit anyone and is a very sweet and loving animal.
My plan is as follows...I will use pepper spray first. If a second attack is coming I will shoot to kill. Could pepper spray make the animal more angry? I don't know.
If I have my gun drawn after pepper spray and I don't need to shoot is there a fine or punishment for that? (brandishing a weapon)
It is a shame that the most dangerous threat I encounter are peoples pets. In my life of 59 years I have fortunately never had a life threatening attack by another human. However, I have through the years had many close encounters with dogs and have been bitten several times. With the growing fear of terrorism, burglary, and home invasion many families in our neighborhood have gotten large aggressive dogs for protection. This has greatly increased the chance for an attack and is a very serious concern for me.
The dog owners appear to be oblivious to the dangers. Heck,why should they worry, the dog is never threatening to the owner and as long as he threatens other strangers that's considered a good thing.
A recent incident where two boxers got loose. The dog attacked the 6 year old girl in their front yard. The mother grabbed her 9mm Glock and let the dog have it. The dog lived. What amazed me the most is how many people in the neighborhood criticized the woman for shooting the animal and want to press charges against her. One called her a "gun toting whack job".
I say...congratulations Mom. Nice shot. Too bad you didn't kill it so it can never attack again.
Woman Shoots Dog That Attacked Daughter | NBC Los Angeles
Any comments welcome.