To the editor:

In April of this year, I took our small dog for a walk around the neighborhood. He was leashed and all was well. But as we came around a street corner near our home, out of nowhere came a big husky darting out of the backyard with no leash and attacked our little guy. The husky had my dog in his jowls for what seemed like an eternity and shook him around like a rag doll. All the while I was screaming for help and my dog was yelping in terrifying pain. Neighbors heard the commotion and came running out also screaming, but no one could help because it was horrifying.

The owner did come dashing out and eventually retrieved her dog and apologized. The good news is our precious dog lived. But that was after two trips to the veterinarian and a hospital stay. He had infections and he needed serious care. We ended up with a $750 veterinarian bill. At the time of the attack the owner said, “No problem, we will pay the bill.” To this day we have been reimbursed by the owners $350.

Did we inform animal control? Yes we did and from what we understand they have visited the attacking dog’s owners on several occasions informing them of their financial responsibility. Unfortunately, there is only so much they can do.

Here’s what I want to say to all dog owners. Take responsibility. Today I’m scared to death to take our little dog on a walk in the community that we love and that is a very sad statement. Our dog is also permanently emotionally scarred. It’s not about the money, it's about safety and taking responsibility. Sickened.

Bernadette Hansen

Columbus

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