This is the 2nd dog attack and if there is another one it is going to be that dogs last attack. I posted this over a month ago and this is what happened today. First I'm 64 years old and not in great health. I'm walking down at the river in Tempe AZ and a pit bull gets away from a kid who should not have been on the lease in the first place and I see the dog charging form about 50 feet away so I reach in my pocket to get my pepper spray and then decided I can just protect my dog because the owners are only 50 feet away. Boy was I wrong. That pit bull went through me and I couldnít protect my dog so I got ahold of its collar and pulled it off my dog and I figure if the dog bits me it will have a naughty headache after I punch him in the head as hard as I can but that didnít happen because I am the one who would of got hurt with a broken hand. The people came and were very nice and I called the police which was useless and the people ask if they could help and I said no. I make 3 big mistakes. 1. I didnít pepper spray the dog. 2. I didnít ask the people to stay because I am calling the police. 3. I didnít take any pictures of them with my cell phone camera. My dog seems to be OK and I am very upset and lucky. I called back the Tempe police and put in a complaint about the dispatcher who didnít know the area and who was of no help and the supervisor will call me back tomorrow. The bottom line is I am going to get a permit to carry a gun and the next dog that attacks mine is going to be dead. What would be a good hand gun for this. I don't want to shoot though the attacking dog and shoot my own dog. I also don't have a problem shoting the attacking dog 3 or 4 times so an auto which is smaller than a revolver and faster. Any suggestions?
As for the OP, stick with the spray, it's hard enough hitting accurate shots on large targets with little experience, let alone smaller fast moving animals.
Also, stop blaming the police/dispatcher that's a lame duck argument.
I understand you being upset, but a gun is not the answer to your problems.
pepperspray the dog, then the owner, call the cops, dog and owner are likely to still be there when they show up, :P
Human-grade pepper spray is vastly more powerful than canine-grade pepper spray because the dogs have much more sensitive membranes. They down grade the pepper spray to make it legal to carry in states where they are regulated.
Human-grade pepper spray will be devastating on canines. A 2 ounce sprayer will give you about 20 seconds of spray--and you need less than one second to stop a dog (or a human). That gives you about 18 to 20 seconds to get the spray on-target; and that gives you a much better chance of stopping the dog than shooting will.
And unless you are very skilled or very lucky you will not stop a pit bull with a single shot from a handgun. A pit bull attacked my German Shepherd once when we were sitting outside Barnes and Noble. I was drinking a cup of coffee in a stainless steel mug and my dog was just sitting by my side. The pit bull got loose from the car as the owner stepped out and charged at us. My dog, who was already 9 years old was at the end of the leash to protect me. I spashed scalding hot coffee (I drink it black) right in the face of the pit bull. I then clocked the dog over the head 8 to 10 times as hard as I could. He seemed to not notice any of that.
My dog was otherwise occupying the pit bull's attention and I was able to grab his collar with both my hands and hold him up off the ground. As long as I held the collar he could not reach me. He weighed about 50 or 60 pounds.
The owner came and took the dog. He apologized. No one was hurt. No dog was injured. He paid for my damaged mug and coffee and I let him go.
After that I started carrying the pepper spray.
As a separate note, if I had been hitting the dog owner with the stainless steel mug he would have been hospitalized; I might be in jail for manslaughter. A human hit as often and hard in the head as that dog was would certainly be incapacitated. But the dog seemed never to notice. I don't think a kill shot from a 9mm or a .40 would kill a pit bull in time to protect you.
Also, while it is pretty easy (if your are not scared to the point that you cannot function) to hit a dog that is charging right at you, it is a lot harder to hit one that is moving laterally in reference to you. They are quite small and they move very fast. Good luck with that.
Also, if you accidentally get some pepper spray on an innocent as well as the attacker, the innocent will recover 100%; the same cannot be said for a errant pistol shot.
I may have not understood fully, but you said this is the second attack. Was it the same dog both times?
from the state constitution....
"Article 2 Section 26
The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself or the state shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain, or employ an armed body of men. "
and with the state preemption no local laws apply to carry, so only the existing state laws that were not repealed apply. so i would love to see a list of "broadened rights" that a permit expands beyond the constitution?
Also, stop blaming the police/dispatcher that's a lame duck argument.
What are you talking about? You wasn't there so how can you say "lame duck argument" when you weren't there and didn't here the conversation?
How is it the dispatchers' fault for "not knowing the area"? As for them being no help, enlighten us as to the issue.I called back the Tempe police and put in a complaint about the dispatcher who didn’t know the area who was of no help
Again, I understand where you're coming from, but I really don't think a handgun is the right answer.
Walk your dog somewhere else.
But, EVERYONE should be prepared to deal with feral or rogue domestic dogs. They can and do exist anywhere.
No different than being prepared to deal with feral or rogue domestic humans. They can and do exist anywhere. Except they are more numerous.
I'm not saying don't be prepared. However, if this is the second time, then maybe he should be walking elsewhere. Having a weapon is no excuse to purposefully put one's self in harm's way.
A few points:
Always try to use the best tool for the job. In this case pepper spray is most likely to have a satisfactory outcome.
In New York at least, a dog is "simple property", you cannot defend it and if you damage it you are responsible for the cost to replace.
If you are defending yourself or another person you would probably not be responsible for the replacement costs.
Despite the legal definition of "simple property" most owners do not consider the dog simple property, but rather a member of the family. If you live in a state that allows most people to carry a weapon, then there is the risk that the dog's owner is armed too. Another issue to consider.
If you are irresponsible in your actions you may have problems with the ASPCA and others. In many states the ASPCA has enforcement powers.
If you can read lips as I can you can be in a very difficult spot. I saw a guy with a pit bull release the dog and say "get him". I was the only one who "heard" this besides the dog. In that case the owner is the perp and the dog is his weapon. Who do you shoot?
On the practical side, dogs are very easy to cold cock. They knock out easier than a boxer with a glass jaw. I've seen this demonstrated and I will outline the technique.
First you have to understand that if you are paralyzed by fear when a dog attacks you have already lost the battle. Run for safety.
Trained attack dogs are trained to "go high", that is they do not bite at the legs. They will always attack the leading arm. So if you are pointing a gun at them they will attack the gun hand.
If you hit a dog under the chin with a strong upward motion you will knock them out.
The technique is to present your weak hand as a target. When the dog is mid-air move your weak hand back and sweep up with your strong hand striking the dog under the chin with your forearm. The dog will go down like a ton of bricks and it will look like you've killed it. It will come to shortly go get to safety.
If you are intent on shooting the dog you need to keep the gun hand close to your body and present the weak hand as a target. Once the dog is mid-air or actually on your weak arm pull the trigger being careful not to shoot yourself in the arm.
In all cases I would opt for the single best tool for the job. That might include a bludgeon, pepper spray or jumping on the roof of a car.