Thursday Two Questions Meme - Attacked by a dog.
Metson Lake in Golden Gate Park
The shot of the blue heron I was snapping right before the dog attack.
Metson Lake as pictured above, located in Golden Gate Park is a nice, quiet and peaceful spot on most days. Today, however, I am writing this on Tuesday a vicious dog, off leash, attacked me, though not seriously then went after the blue heron.
I was intending to spend the day at my three favorite lakes in Golden Gate Park. I first went to Metson Lake and saw this blue heron which I have seen there many times in the past. While walking to the lake I spotted a woman with a very aggressive German shepherd around the area. I took some shots of the blue heron then wanted to get closer so I walked around the lake, nearing his location. While walking towards the heron, there was a guy who was nearby, meditating by the water. As I approached the heron I saw the woman and her vicious dog round the corner and her saying " come on let's go. " I began snapping shots of the heron when I heard the dog barking and turned to see it running full force towards me. The dog began to lunge at me when I turned and he got hold of my back side and started to bite. I screamed at the owner and told her to get her &^%$# dog away from me and she says in a condescending manner "oh I know she does that all the time" and I screamed again, get her off of me while the dog was pulling at my behind. The owner finally said "stop it and get back here!" at which time the dog stopped and ran after the blue heron.
While this happened, the poor guy who was just sitting their meditating took off and ran towards the polo fields. The blue heron took off flying away and I immediately began cursing, yelling and screaming at the idiot owner who did not have a leash on her vicious beast. I felt my backside and did not find any blood or puncture wound but my jeans were torn where the dog had pulled at me.
The owner totally ignored me and I told her she better get out of there because I was calling park patrol, which I did and gave them the whole story. Whether they did anything about it or even looked for the dog and it's idiot owner, I don't know.
There is a leash law in San Francisco but has many gray areas especially when it comes to Golden Gate Park. There are dogs running wild all over the city with owners who just don't obey the laws. My thinking is if you have a dog learn how to control it or don't have one.
The incident scared me because I have never been attacked by a dog and NO, the dog was not playing. It could have been very serious, had I not turned and been attacked on my stomach or worse. The dog was crazed. I have never seen a dog act in that manner. The owner was completely oblivious and acted like this was a normal thing for the dog to be acting that way.
My two questions this week are:
1. Have you ever been attacked by a dog?
2. Do you have a leash law in your area?
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