Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto, on Jul 11, 2012 at 9:10 pm
m2, I agree that, based on the info you provided, it bears looking into. While a strong 7 month old pup can do injury to a person, I'd like to know if this is one of those blanket statements, using the term intimidation. Was it contained when it allegedly lunged at the officer? Here's the article:
The article is missing a lot of info. It makes it sound like the cop just let the dog bleed out on the porch.
It's very common for dogs to bark & lunge but not bite or be otherwise aggressive. I see it frequently, including w/our dogs. You can walk buy & they'll bark & even lunge, but they're not biters, nor will they be aggressive out on a walk. It's about being territorial & protective.
Ms. Nice should make sure to get the dog neutered and work on any barrier aggression issues. Unchecked, it can lead to real aggression, espec. in an intact, underexercised dog. I've also witnessed otherwise friendly dogs running loose, packing & becoming aggressive. It's terrifying to be on the receiving end of this.
Will MP PD look more deeply into this? If Ms. Nice's dog was running loose, she needs to step up her game for everyone's safety & sake, including hers, her family's & her dogs'.
Peninsula Humane Society offers a free dog behavior hotline: "If you need extra help with behavior, please call our free Behavior Helpline at 650/340-7022, ext. 783 (ext. 786 for Spanish)."