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First, a disclaimer: Iím a dog lover, and I do like pit-bulls. When bred and raised responsibly by responsible adults, they grow to be warm and loving, and they are fiercely loyal. They are not dogs to have around children, and definitely, they are not dogs that can be allowed to run loose and unrestrained, especially if they are not fixed or neutered. The hormones in dogs kept for breeding can make them incredibly aggressive. It takes a very dedicated dog owner to raise one of these animals properly, and keep them controlled.

With that said, Iím having a huge issue with a pit-bull OWNER in my apartment complex, and I need to vent.

August 30, 2009: I get home in the late evening from Ormond Beach, and Iím walking, alone to my mailbox. From nowhere, a huge, brown American Pit-Bull charges me. It is barking, growling; its teeth are bared, and itís circling me like a shark poised for the kill. A tall, skinny young man comes running from his car, calling his dog off. She wonít back down, but he says, ďDonít move. Sheís only playing with you.Ē The dog stops, sits, and continues to growl.

ďIím not moving until you get your dog under control,Ē I say. Iím still, but afraid. Iím embarrassed to admit it, but I was so afraid that I defecated in my pants. Yes, I was that afraid. I thought I was about to get mauled.

The young man offers no apology. He tells me, ďYou just need to get used to her bark.Ē

I didnít say it, but I thought it, ďI donít have to get used to anything.Ē I walked away with not another word. I looked back over my shoulder twice, and the man was glaring at me . . . like Iíd done something wrong.

I went home, changed my clothes, and reported the incident to the apartment complex. I could have called animal control. I could have called the police. But I didnít. At that point, I figured he was just an irresponsible owner; and, as we all know, dogs become a part of our families. We love them because their love in unconditional. I even said these very things to the complex manager, and asked her to reinforce the rules regarding dogs on leashes.

Fast forward to today.

Ií m walking Mio, and Iím at the office watching the two office ladies play with him on the front patio. Mio is a 16 pound Shih Tzu. Heís friendly and well-socialized, and since November, Iíve given him basic obedience training. All dogs can be dangerous, even a Shih Tzu, so Iíve made sure that his socialization is thorough. Even though I work 12 hour night shifts, Iíve worked hard to make sure he is with human companions for 22 hours each day. Yes, I have night time baby sitters for my little dog! And the training has made him so adorable that walking him is a social exercise for me Ė everyone wants to stop and play with him.

This young man walks into the office, speaks briefly with one of the office ladies, and then goes home. Or so I thought. Iím walking Mio home, and heís waiting for me in his breezeway. He tells me, ďI donít want you walking your dog near my apartment. Iím not going to control her when she comes outside my door and Iím not going to be responsible for what happens to you or your dog.Ē He looks intoxicated; heís shaking angrily, and I feel threatened. I pick up my dog and walk away quickly with him yelling after me. I have no idea what he said. I was too freaked out.

I was so freaked out that I called both animal control and the police.

I wasnít happy with the resolution, but to be honest, Iím not sure what I was expecting. Animal control took a report over the telephone, and said they might investigate the issue of having an unrestrained pit-bull in the unincorporated Orange County, ďmightĒ being the key word. I did get a case number on that: 326374. Orange County Sheriffís Department came out and took a ďverbalĒ report. According to them, the threat really wasnít a threat because it could be interpreted so many ways.

Yeah. With those words, Iím sure the pit-bull owner REALLY just wanted me to come over for tea.

But they did speak to him and reinforce the leash law. He denied the entire incident. And they gave me a card with a reference number. Here is what's on back of it.

Offense: Verbal Ė dog

Date/Time: 09/09/2009

Case Event #: 092521268

Whatís the point of this blog? Thereís not a point, not really. But if in the news anyone reads that I or anyone else has been mauled or killed by a pit-bull in my apartment complex or neighborhood, at least thereís a record that it was probably THIS pit-bull, and the police know where to go to find the owner. They can call me (unless Iím the person mauled and killed) or the apartment complex (Nob Hill). Either way, we can take you straight to this young manís front door.

As always . . . itís not the dog thatís the problem. Itís the owner. And Iím just LIVID that Orange County Sheriffís Department would not take a written report.

Thatís all.

”chŠni Lele

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The following comments are for "Why Pit-Bulls Get Bad Raps (BAD Owners!)"
by OchaniLele

Pit-Bulls and Police Reports
Ahhh, I'm sorry you had to deal with this boss. Alas, I think itís a conceit that those of us with bigger dogs share. (I'm the proud owner of 2 Alaskan Huskies) We all assume that everyone knows that our giant scary dogs are friendly little teddy bears.

I think your right; people that don't have the time to properly train, exercise, and socialize their dogs have no business owning them. Tracy and I spend a goodly chuck of our lives training our high energy dogs and making sure they are good around all kinds of other people, children and adults. We spend a good 5 to 7 hours a week in the middle of a field in nowhere Germany (at least, I do when I'm there) just letting them run and play so they can get all that energy out. Not to mention the small fortune I spent to get them spay and neutered. (I have a male and a female) Itís been my experience that when you have a bigger dog, that if you don't exercise them properly, they become more and more aggressive as they try to use all of that pent up energy. You had every right to be afraid, and he was an irresponsible asshole for letting his dog show aggression to another person that way.

I'm sorry if I ramble, but being an owner of dogs that have a rap for being aggressive as well, I'm very passionate about the subject.

Quick unrelated question, when you say Orange County, do you mean Orange County California? I only ask because I lived there for about 5 years.

*in his best GoodFellaís accent* You want I should take him out boss?


( Posted by: HeRoCoMpLeX [Member] On: September 13, 2009 )

@ Herocomplex
No, not Orange County, California. I'm in Orange County, Florida, specifically Winter Park. And in 9 months, I might be moving to Volusia County, Ormand Beach. My time in Florida is growing short (I feel a strong need to move), but I want to spend at least a year, maybe two, bumming by the ocean.

So, I'm working on my escape plan! I've been here 20 years, and in the same apt complex for 13 years.

By the way -- no need to take him out! I think the complex is evicting him. There have been other complaints, so I heard.


( Posted by: OchaniLele [Member] On: September 13, 2009 )

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