As much as I'd like to keep this blog focused on problems caused by nuisance barking, I've been forced to digress. The reason: A near attack by a pit bull yesterday evening.
During the 7 o'clock hour, I was coming home from
my weekly walk around Downtown Tucson. What should I see running loose on my street but a pit bull. White dog with tan
markings. It charged at me in my driveway.
I put my bicycle between my
body and the dog. (Thank you, DogsBite.org, for the safety tip.) That proved to be enough of a distraction for the dog, which was giving me that cold, reptilian stare for which pit bulls are infamous. It turned away from me and ran into the city park at the end of the street.
I hustled myself and bike inside my house, closed and locked the door, and called 911 and animal control. Since the dog was running loose in a city park full of joggers, children playing, and people walking their leashed dogs, I didn't want anyone to get injured or killed. One mauling death in this area is enough.
Shortly thereafter, a police officer came to my house. He said that
he saw the pit bull running loose. I advised him to be careful, as pit bulls lead this county's bite count by a wide margin.
This morning, I noticed that, in the public record of police incidents, the pit bull was not caught. So, my neighbors and I could still be in danger.
It's getting to the point that we can't even be safe on our own property
from pit bulls. And, to me, that is unacceptable. That is why I strongly support the upcoming Walk for Victims of Pit Bulls and Other Dangerous Dogs.