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Dog attacked, seriously injured by another dog on Eagle Crest trail

'I was ill-prepared for the situation,' owner says; report filed with DCSO

REDMOND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- Rob Husband still hasn’t found the owners of a dog responsible for attacking and leaving his dog, Nala, seriously injured and in stitches over the weekend on the Cascade trail at Eagle Crest Resort.

Husband told NewsChannel 21 on Tuesday a couple with two dogs were coming his way, so he stood aside and made his dog sit and wait while the couple passed by.

He said one of the couple’s unleashed dogs, which he believes was a chow chow, then charged at his dog.

“The next thing I saw was my dog upside down, with this dog on its throat,” Husband said.

He said he watched the dog attack Nala as he and the owner of the other dogs were unable to do anything.

“What was running through my mind was, I was ill-prepared for the situation. I wish I would have had a stick in my hand or pepper spray, something to control the situation,” Husband said.

He said he did repeatedly kick the dog, trying to make it release Nala’s throat.

Nala had to be taken to the 24-hour emergency veterinary clinic in Bend. The lower neck to the base of her chest was torn open.

It took about nine hours after the attack for Nala to be discharged from veterinary. Her expected recovery time is about 1-2 months.

Deschutes County Animal Control has this information online: https://sheriff.deschutes.org/community/animal-control/

In Bend, for example, a citation can be issued with a potential penalty of up to $275 for having a dog off -leash in undesignated areas.

Unless the dog is on its own property, has permission to someone else's property, or is at a designated off-leash area, a dog has to be on a leash at all times.

The owners of the dog that attacked Nala have not been identified. If anyone has information on the attack, Husband has filed an incident report with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

“I just feel that it is the owner's responsibility," he said. "You know, if they have a dog that does attack, it shouldn’t be out in the public.”

Husband said he hopes his dog has a speedy recovery and that no one else has to go through an experience like this.

“I just want a good recovery, and I hope my dog comes back the same dog as she once was,” he said.

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  1. I get really irritated by irresponsible dog owners who think they are above the law and rules. “My dog would never do that”…. Yeah, right… Unless you’re in the dog park, your dog MUST be on a leash! It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law.

    1. Within city limits, yes. In the county at large, no. However, they do have to be “under the complete control of a capable person.” Also, just a side note, if you share a fence with a neighbor who has dogs and their dog grabs and injuries or kills your dog through the fence, tough. We found that out the hard way. Animal control will just tell you “it is a shared fence, it is up to you to make sure the dogs can not get to each other.” It is NOT up to the person with the vicious dog to control it, so long as it stays on their property.

    2. No, it isn’t! You would know this if instead of reading the article you clicked the link to get the real info! Apparently, that is how to read the news of this site.

      1. Yea, I read the linked information and that is where I got the quote from if that matters to you at all. Jump on your little Electric Mobility Scooter and prowl the block and see what else you can get bent up about.

    1. I don’t know if you have ever seen or been near a dog fight. If your dog is involved you don’t have time to stand around taking photos. The only thing one your mind is stopping the attack and saving your four legged friend.

      Dogs will be dogs, that is the one constant fact. Any dog can be the warmest, kindest being around you and other dogs. But there might be a time where the dog will just snap. This may have been possible with the attacker. One will never know.

      The owner of the dog who attacked should have been responsible enough to offer aid or something. We shall see if the owners come forth or not.

      1. Had a great dog that lost it one time and attacked another dog. Unexpected, and you are right, all you can do is try and hold them back with the leash and then with the actual fight try and get them apart while staying safe yourself. Big dogs in this case and a gun would also not have been safe because of how fast it was all moving, the two sets of dog owners trying to get them apart. It was insane.
        In our case we paid for all of the other dogs medical expenses. That’s what you need to do. Then we also had our dog checked out as this was so out of character. Ends up he had a brain tumor and we had to put him down.
        Had a great dog that lost it one time and attacked another dog.

  2. I have been attacked by dogs 4 or 5 times in the past two years, walking on Deschutes River Trail, or just through the neighborhood. 99% of dogs are harmless, but 1% eventually will catch up with me. I started carry a walking stick with a very heavy metal handle, that will at least stun a dog long enough for me to get away. I hate having to think that way, but with almost more dogs than people on local trails, the odds are not good in the long run.

  3. There is always some idiot ruining it for everybody. This ‘Chow Chow’ should be put down and the owner deserves a hefty fine for just taking off like the low life looser he is. People like this make me sick. Hope the poor dog recovers soon.

  4. Dear Nala & Hoodad Rob Husbands,

    I hope you have a regular vet for Nala’s recovery. Last time we needed help at the Bend emergency vet, they left my Maggie with a horrible infection only treated after by our own trusted vet. We almost lost her. Then of course the additional cost of additional ongoing care and medications.

    We also discovered how helpful a Surgical Suit is to calm Maggie during recovery, which also helped us keep her bandages in place. That simple shirt was such a blessing because she could remove the big bandages daily; had to keep buying new first aid supplies !

    Much love and healing blessings to your Nala.

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