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Late Monday afternoon, February 6, a man and his small dog were attacked and seriously injured by a rottweiler in front of their Clairemont home on Boxwood Avenue. The man suffered large gashes to his hand and Wally, his dog, received serious bites, resulting in three broken ribs and a broken sternum.

The man said the rottweiler was beyond the control of the young woman walking the animal. He said the rottweiler pulled the woman across the street and locked its jaws onto his dog.

Paramedics and police quickly arrived on scene to treat the man and take a report. The man said this is the second time in the past three months he and his dog have been attacked and wounded.

The victim and his dog were transported to separate emergency rooms by neighbors. Since the incident, the city's animal control department has quarantined both pets.

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SurfPuppy619 Feb. 7, 2012 @ 4:29 p.m.

Great, some idiot has a powerful dog, like a Rotti, and cannot control it while leashed. Owner/Walker needs to be put down.

If you cannot control your animal you should not have one, period. Large dogs can be dangerous, a Rotti out of control is dangerous and it is not the Rotti's fault bu the owner.


Barbarella Fokos Feb. 7, 2012 @ 5:23 p.m.

This was the "second" time in recent history that this guy and his small dog were attacked AND wounded? Bad luck, or insufficient survival instincts?


mngcornaglia Feb. 7, 2012 @ 8:24 p.m.

wally is a football-sized, happy little guy. not a real threat to a bigger animal. small claims can't compensate this guy's pain and suffering. my dog was attacked twice. once by a rottweiler. both times were traumatic. it happens more than is reported. a TV news station reporter arriving late on the scene that day called the incident a "non-event" after deciding not to persue the story. one neighbor here carries a cattle prod on her walks after an attack. some homeowner's insurance won't cover you if there's a rottweiler in the house. always. everywhere. watch out for the other guy.


SurfPuppy619 Feb. 8, 2012 @ 2:51 p.m.

OK, carry this on all walks and your problems with other dogs are over;


NOTHING is going to happen with this stuff.


Burwell Feb. 7, 2012 @ 9:23 p.m.

The owner of the Rottweiler should have put a muzzle on the dog before taking him for a walk. Dogs tolerate muzzles fairly well.


Burwell Feb. 7, 2012 @ 9:24 p.m.

The victim won't get much money in a lawsuit unless he was bit on the face and has scars. He could also make out fairly well if the bites caused nerve damage.


nan shartel Feb. 7, 2012 @ 9:29 p.m.

there r collars available 4 that kind of difficult to manage dog...they have claws that surround the collar and roll over into the dogs neck when it pulls to hard...it's a very uncomfortable device for the dog and they learn quick not to pull like that

poor little dog :(

i think i might want to use a stun gun on a Rottie that acts like that with other smaller dogs


SurfPuppy619 Feb. 7, 2012 @ 10:52 p.m.

I have the pronged collar for my Pit Bull, she wears it on all walks. I was taking it off except for walks but the fact is she is very easy to control with the thing on 24/7. It is a training collar and I recommend them, exspecially for the more powerful breeds.


Twister Feb. 9, 2012 @ 7:58 p.m.

It's all because people treat their dogs the same way they treat their children--they ignore them, give them zero direction, and they go off in random directions. They both need direction in their youth, and both should be controllable by voice commands. That requires CONSISTENCY. That gives children and other animals a sense of security and autonomy. The last dog I had only needed quiet commands to, say, "leave the kitty alone." OFF leash.

There is this fiction that leashes control dogs. They do not. Sometimes leashes make behavior problems worse. I used leashes to comply with the law, but I trained the dog to the leash--a LOOSE leash. Control was by voice, a SOFT voice. A dog that pulls on a leash is NOT under control.

I had to learn all this the hard way, by the way--I too, once thought leashes were control devices. WRONG. The provide a false sense of security and a ready excuse for failure to properly socialize young animals--including children.

Having young animals is a big responsibility. It needs to be taken seriously. It may not be the dog's fault, but we put our neglected kids in jail when they are a threat to society. That's an indictment of us.


mngcornaglia March 2, 2012 @ 5:11 p.m.

Update on Wally Wally survived his wounds and course of treatment. He has regained enough strength to return to some of his outdoor walks.


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