Our family’s docile 3-yr old black lab was attacked by an Australian Shepherd last Saturday at our farm at 75th and Valmont in east Boulder. According to numerous customers/witnesses, the owners said they had adopted this dog from the Humane Society about a month ago. It took three men to finally get the vicious dog off our lab, who did sustain bite puncture wounds, which we discovered after taking her to the ER vet. Our dog has been on pain medication and antibiotics.
Before I could get the owners name and contact info, they had left with their dog.
I did file an incident report with Boulder County Animal Control, giving all information including that we had heard that the offending dog had recently been adopted from the Humane Society. We had certainly hoped that the owners and dog could be tracked down so that we could be reimbursed for vet fees, never mind any concern for our pet. As it turns out, because Animal Control never impounded the dog, the Humane Society will not release any information to them. One would think that there would be a sincere interest on behalf of the Humane Society to track down this dog for any number of the following reasons: 1.) obviously the dog has been released too soon into our community 2.) the owners should know that damage was incurred by the victimzed dog and they have a responsibilty to pay 3.) the owners need more education in training and controlling a pet
It surprises me that this appears to be the end of the line in trying to have a dog owner do the right thing. It also surprises me that the owners have not called, emailed or stopped by to check in on our dog. This really would have been the best course of action, although perhaps leaving their name and number before leaving the scene would have been best of all.