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My Dog Bit Me ... I'm So Sad

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I was supposed to go out of town today, so I invited to the pet sitter to come over and meet our rottweiller, who we adopted from a shelter eight months ago.

We've never had any problems with him, and he has been so sweet, until yesterday. But for some reason, he went crazy and tried to attack the pet sitter. He was so strong, and I tried to stop him and pushed him away, and that's when he bit me. Nothing happened to the pet sitter.

After going to the doctor I had to file a report with Animal Control before I could get treated. After calling three rescue agencies, none of them would take him. I guess rotweillers are especially hard to adopt, especially one that now has a bite report.

After much agonizing, I realize that's he's probably dangerous if he would bite me, since all I've done is love the poor guy for the last eight months. He's an adult dog and we don't know anything about his history. What if he attacked a small child or something like that ... or what if, by some miracle, somebody else adopted him but, god forbid, they were attacked as well.

I feel I have no choice but to put him down, and I am so very sad about this. I'm waiting for Animal Control now, and all I can do is listen to him cry in the yard.

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I'm soooo sorry!!! :o I know how it feels to have a dog betray all the love and trust that you have given it!!!

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I'm soooo sorry!!! :o I know how it feels to have a dog betray all the love and trust that you have given it!!!

I don't feel he betrayed me. We don't have many visitors, and I think he was just protecting the house. Quite frankly, I think he was trying to bite the pet sitter, not me, and I just got in the way.

Maybe he was abused or trained as an attack dog, I dunno. I've never seen him like this but, feeling the force of the attack made me realize how dangerous he can be in unpredictable circumstances.

Still ... it's just so sad. I still love that dog. He's been so sweet and luvable ... the vast majority of the time.

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this breaks my heart--the thought of you listening to him cry. Is that truly the only alternative--to have him put down?

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this breaks my heart--the thought of you listening to him cry. Is that truly the only alternative--to have him put down?

Well, I haven't been able to find anybody who would take him. And, quite frankly, after seeing and feeling the force of his attack, I just don't feel like I can hand him over to anybody in good conscience. It was really scary. The fact is, he can be very dangerous. I saw it first hand.

I can't keep him. California has a very tough strict liability dog bite statute. And I would have problems with insurance as well.

Not to mention, I'm scared of him now.

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oh man....{hugzzzzz}}} to you Lizz. I'm an animal lover but I do understand. It's just a very sad situation. I'm really sorry.

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oh man....{hugzzzzz}}} to you Lizz. I'm an animal lover but I do understand. It's just a very sad situation. I'm really sorry.

Thanks. I don't know what it is, but when it comes to animals, and something goes wrong, it just breaks my heart to no end.

At the same time, I was bleeding ... a lot. I had to get a few stitches so, it certainly was a wake up call.

He probably thought he was doing his job of protecting the house. But he went wild ... literally. I could not control him, and realized I could never control him if, god forbid, he got out and attacked one of the kids in the neighborhood.

The pet sitter is a little old lady. What if he had gotten to her? Or anyone else? That's the problem ... and you can't explain these things to a dog, unfortunately.

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I completely know what you are going through. I have had several dogs one of them was a deaf Pit Bull. He was always wonderful with everybody, but then one day, while he was on a leash, he was attacked by a female pit that didn't have on a collar or leash. The owner of the other dog did not help break them up and my fiance was holding both dogs apart (ours by his leash and the female by her scruff). My dog sat there the whole time without biting the female. Then she bit my fiance and my dog got upset. From that time he didn't like other people walking up on us or getting too close to us that he didn't know. The vet said that he had developed a Chihuaha (sp) syndrome, and that he would be fine with people if we didn't let them walk up to him, let him explore first.

He was fenced in a backyard and also on a long chain (because of the superstition of the dogs). When he was two years old, my sister-in-law went into the backyard with him. She was actually trying to take up for him because my MIL said he was "a devil dog" (she said this about various animals we had including a snake and prayed that they would die). He had not seen her since he was four months old and when she knelt down to pet him he was fine until he smelled of her and realized he didn't know her. He bit her thumb.

We weren't home BTW.

At the time we lived with my MIL and she said he had to go. We had him put down because we thought it was the most humane thing for him. Dog fighting in our area is a very big problem and he was a very muscular dog for his type at 85 pounds. He had to be quarantined at our vet for 10 days. On the 10th day we went and played with him for several hours and then had it done so that his last memory wasn't being caged up. This was very hard for us to do and we still have his leash and collar. We now also have a soft spot for the breed after knowing what a wonderful animal he was.

I am so sorry for your situation. You have my prayers and sympathy.

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You're talking to a major dog lover here, but do you really think it is necessary to put the dog down? I understand you are concerned for your safety as well as others, but like an above poster said he was maybe protecting you and your house. I would not get a rot, due to their sterotype of being mean, but didn't you know this when adopting him? I see both sides, but yes, maybe he was abused or not taken care of, and this is his only home that you have given him. Good luck with your decision.

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another good point. When you don't know a dogs history you don't know what quirks they have. I adopted a female St. Bernard about 1 1/2 years ago. She was very apparently abused. She took to me very quickly and all males, but she is a bit defensive with women. She also doesn't like children (they move too suddenly). Because I know what sets her off, I keep her out of those situations. I make sure that my fence is secured so that she can't get out (she's a climber), and I keep her away from strangers and children.

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He had to be quarantined at our vet for 10 days. On the 10th day we went and played with him for several hours and then had it done so that his last memory wasn't being caged up. This was very hard for us to do and we still have his leash and collar. We now also have a soft spot for the breed after knowing what a wonderful animal he was.

I am so sorry for your situation. You have my prayers and sympathy.

Thanks again. I'm doing the 10 day quarantine. I asked if I could visit him, but they suggested I wait until the last day, like you did. Otherwise, they said constant visits upset the dog.

Man ... this hurts. I love animals. I'd adopt every stray on the planet if I could.

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Lizz - I'm so sorry for you! I think you are doing the right thing. Once a dog bites - you can't trust them again unfortunately. Sorry!

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