Going to the dogs

A reader recounts a run-in with a German shepherd in Port Hardy.

Dear editor,

Monday, Nov. 17, I had an unfortunate run-in with a German shepherd charging at myself and my dog (attack mode). I stood my ground with a deep, firm yell and my dog froze. The dog I believed either listened to my firm tone or, because my dog froze and she was on her leash by me, didn’t bite.

A year ago this October I was attacked up at the top of Rupert Street and an article regarding this was written up by the Gazette.

More people are becoming victims of dog incidents around town due to vicious dogs, strays or careless owners. What I also learned was how many victims don’t bother to officially report these incidents. They don’t realize that if it’s not formally reported, it makes it harder for another person who has been brutally attacked to seek justice if it’s the same dog or dogs. It could save a small child or another dog’s life if you take the time to report it (it’s like building a case).

I’m at a loss on how to protect myself or for other people’s sake.

I’d rather see information in the paper on how to protect ourselves rather then the growing gruesome dog attacks that occur. They seem to go unpunished or too lenient towards the dog owners that should have been more responsible. Again, though it falls back to the victims reporting it to the District of Port Hardy in writing, along with a stamped, dated copy by the District, it is important to obtain a copy for themselves!

Deborah Crooks

Port Hardy