Yesterday I witnessed the most frightening event. We have many Koreans in our area and they are fond of a Korean dog called a Gindo (pronounced GIN DOE). They are not kept as pets, but as guard dogs. They are known as "fighting dogs".
One in our neighborhood gets out of his yard frequently. Last week a young woman was walking her Pomeranian on a leash and the Gindo attacked her small dog. She picked it up in her arms to protect it and the dog attacked her. She did not report it to any authorities.
Yesterday, by chance, I saw this dog on the loose again. Just as I saw the dog, I saw a woman coming up the street with two dogs on a leash. The Gindo hunkered down and raced to these two dogs and attacked one on the haunches - shaking it with such violence.
I raced outside and I had my dish towel in my hands and started yelling to this dog to get away. I used as firm a command as I could muster and ordered it back home. The poor woman had disappeared by that time, so I do not know how seriously her dog was injured.
The Animal Control telephone number has a menu - and it is designed to be so frustrating that you simply go through the loop of menus and give up.
Two attacks in one week were enough for me, so I persued the issue and called our Senior Lead Officer (police). Last evening they visited them with a Korean speaking officer. Aside from the obvious danger to people and other dogs, they stressed the liability issue. Whether this will keep the dog in the yard remains to be seen.
The Sr. Lead Officer told me today, that if they are called and witness an attack, they will shoot the dog on the spot. I now have a valid telephone number for dog attacks at Animal Control and have called them, leaving a telephone message. I decided to do this because we also have many people who push their strollers with children and a dog on a leash is tagging along.
The potential for a disaster is still sitting here.
It was a very upsetting scene to witness. This type of dog is very clever and cunning. I see dogs of this breed running loose at least once a month.
On a more humorous note, I must have been a real vision waving my dishtowel and yelling at this dog.