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I have found that most bite reports are not bites. They are either a torn clothing,or a tooth dragged across ... someone enough to require stitches the dogwill be quarantined for ten days and then we will go from there. Paulette~

As a child we had a GSD ***. She was VERY protective of home, family and business. On the grounds (camping site) she was good as gold, children could pull her ears, people step on her etc no problem. Once the shops closed she went in guard dog mode and would alert us to any unwelcome visitors.
However NO one was allowed in our house or the yard in front of the house unless invited by one of us. Not even people that she knew well and saw every day, if they tried to enter without an invitation she would drive them off, people knew this so it wasn't a problem. She did bite on a couple of occasions but only when she felt that the family was in danger. Once when a neighbour came from behind and picked me up and I screamed because I got frightened, and once when a bunch of city teenage criminals jumped my father.
Nothing ever happened, she wasn't label as dangerous or anything like that, the police didn't even call. I think that in most cases in Denmark when a dog nips, snaps or bite the first question that is asked is : what did you do since the dog bit you ?
Lone
at confiscated happened. You don't think a dog with a history of biting is dangerous enough to warrant a WOW but the consequences are?

You said the bites were not severe.

But they broke the skin so it is still a bite. I realize there are many factors to take into account but the overwhelming one I seem to hear most about is the habitual offender whose owners are either unable or unwilling to fix the problem which does nothing to remove the dog from being considered dangerous.
I'm glad that's the case here. I have a problem with dogs who are known biters and allowed to continue biting.

You are? Well, we definitely think differently. If you are saying the dog is taken away to find a better ... dog that has bitten or perhaps not really bitten at all is to be put down I think that sucks.

I'm referencing "bites." Its not a possibility to be taken away and found another home. If the dog has a bite history then the shelter isn't going to place it and I don't know of a rescue who would take it.
offense. I haven't personally seen it happen because I don't ... a Boxer who mauled an infant in a baby swing.

The parents owned the Boxer?

Yes.

The above was a reading comprehension problem for me because I wasn't referring to nipping behavior even though that's what I responded to.
There are dogs who are born with issues and

who aren't trustworthy

Not that many.

I think you'd be surprised. The more unsound dogs that are bred, with litters going to the public intact and those pups later being bred, the more unsound temperaments are produced IMO.

Tara
Well Swedish people must be a lot like Danish People. : )

As that was ALWAYS what I was asked as a child, and what I ALWAYS ask!

Paulette~
PS
Your girl sounded like a great dog to me, and must have had Chessie relatives. ; )
I am so glad it is not like that here. I would be like TAKE MY DOG OVER MY DEAD BODY,really!

If your dog was loose and attacked someone, you'd feel that self-righteous? Geez.
The Baltimore City law states that a Vicious Dog is any dog who has bitten or attacked a human being or another animal (implied domestic, not rats or squirrels!), or has ATTEMPTED TO DO SO and was only prevented by a leash, fence, or other means. There are exclusions of trespass, protecting young or another animal, reacting to pain or injury, or having been teased/tormented.

Proving a dog WOULD have attacked if not behind a fence or on a leash, is hard to prove and no such cases have been brought forward AFAIK (I chaired the Vicious Dog Hearing Board for 4.5 years - since the law's inception, and resigned this Spring).
If a dog bites (breaks skin), the hospital reports it to the health department. Animal Control comes under health department supervision. They investigate. If the bite happened on owner property and the dog is up to date on RV, the home quarantine is allowed. No RV means impoundment, as does dog "at large". There are fines levied for no license, no RV, un-restrained, etc. If there is clear provocation, the dog can go back. Many people don't want to spend the money for fines, or they don't want a biter, so the dog is euthanized. The remaining cases go to the hearing board to hear circumstances. Many of these dogs are euthanized, many are returned. It is not breed specific. The dogs who are returned are often returned with conditions.
Janet Boss
Best Friends Dog Obedience
"Nice Manners for the Family Pet"
Voted "Best of Baltimore 2001" - Baltimore Magazine www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
I was wondering what happens in your town or city when there is a dog bite? Where does it get ... to know? Do they quarantine the dog? Do they take the dog or can you have the quarantine at home?

I know of 3 incidents of "bites". The first one, a dog was playing with another, the owner of one of the dogs felt that the play was getting too rough, stuck her hand in at the business end, and ended up with a tooth mark. None of the people there could tell which one of the dogs caused the mark, but the lady called Animal Control to report that she was bitten by the other dog. Animal Control went over to meet the dog, concluded that she was friendly, and as she was UTD on her Rabies, was quarantined for 10 days at home.The second one happened at the dog park. This older couple brought in their grandson, so he could play with the dogs. We tried explaining to them that they shouldn't be in there if they aren't accompanied by dogs, but due to language issues, that didn't understand. We tried telling the kid not to play the way he was, running around with flailing arms and all, and thought he understood when he stopped doing it. Apparently he didn't, 'cause he did it again, causing a fox terrier who was there to jump up and nip him through his shorts.

It caused a bruise, but didn't break skin. We told them that he was UTD on his Rabies, and not to worry, but they didn't understand that either. The kid's mom was in Japan at the time, and when they spoke that night to tell her what happened, she freaked out and told them to take the kid in to the ER. The doctors reported the bite to animal control, who put out a 'Wanted' poster for the dog and owner. They cooperated fully, and the dog was quarantined for 10 days at home.
The third one happened to a guy with 2 Basenji. He was playing with one of them, had her jump to get the toy, and while grabbing the toy, she also nailed his hand. He went to the ER to have his puncture wounds taken care of, and the doctors reported the bite to Animal Control. It didn't matter to them that it had been caused by the guy's own dog, in play. The dog had to be quarantined in house for 10 days. He said that if it ever happens again, he will tell them that it was due to an accident that happened while he was working with tools.

Suja
I am so glad it is not like that here. I would be like TAKE MY DOG OVER MY DEAD BODY,really!

If your dog was loose and attacked someone, you'd feel that self-righteous? Geez.

Again there is NO WAY someone is going to take my dog from me as long as I have breath left.
Paulette~
A wise ACO
The second one happened at the dog park. This older couple brought in their grandson, so he could play with ... 'Wanted' poster for the dog and owner. They cooperated fully, and the dog was quarantined for 10 days at home.

Still sounds fair for the dog.
The third one happened to a guy with 2 Basenji. He was playing with one of them, had her jump ... he will tell them that it was due to an accident that happened while he was working with tools. Suja

I think your area has some very level headed ACO 's.

Paulette~
Again there is NO WAY someone is going to take my dog from me as long as I have breath left.

i think some perspective is in order. i adore my dogs and do whatever i can to ensure their safety, but i can't honestly say i'd be willing to die for them.

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
Again there is NO WAY someone is going to take my dog from me as long as I have breath left.

So, if AC wanted to take your dog away for a quarantine period, you'd object? And get yourself tossed in jail as a consequence? You're probably much less likely to get your dog back that way.

Suja
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