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Vicious dog-on-dog attack caught on camera; owner of victim wants ‘bully’ controlled

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LAKE FOREST PARK, Wash. — A shocking dog attack caught on camera now has one pet owner in hot water.

Neighbors want something to be done before more pets – and even people – get hurt.

The attacked dog’s owner said his pooch has been attacked three times by his neighbor’s dog.

Curt bush said 9-year-old Tucker was outdoors on Sunday when he heard him crying out in pain.

“All of the sudden I heard my dog yelping,” he said, “Open the door and I notice the malamute and this other dog is taking off and my dog is all chewed up.”

The video shows Tucker being surrounded by two large dogs. One dog, an Alaskan malamute, clamped its jaws down into Tucker.

The rest of the video is just too graphic to show on television.

Bush rushed Tucker to the vet and Tucker almost didn’t survive his injuries.

“He’s got tubes that just keep draining, he’s having a hard time sleeping,” he said.

Bush said the malamute belongs to his neighbor who lives just a few houses down the block.

Neighbors said the malamute constantly escapes her pen. Cheryl McIntosh worries her dog Suzie could be its next victim.

“It’s just protecting its yard and it’s vulnerable to these big, big bullies,” she said.

It turns out the malamute is no stranger to animal control. Records showed her owner had already been fined more than $1,000 for previous attacks on Tucker and a poodle in Snohomish County.

Bush confirmed the malamute’s owner did pay Tucker’s vet bills for the previous attacks, but said had not received financial help for the latest incident.

Bush now wants other pet owners to know how important it is to keep control of their animals.

“It could hurt a kid,” he said. “It threw my dog like a rag doll.”

Requests for comment from the malamute’s owner were not immediately returned.

Animal Control said it is investigating, and said it’s possible the malamute could be removed and its owner could face steep fines up to $2,000.

Here is the original surveillance video footage of the attack. WARNING: This is graphic and some may find this upsetting to watch.

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23 comments

  • Tim Baker

    I would say both owners are at fault. It all could have been avoided. Had the small dog not been out in an unfenced yard by itself he would not have sustained the attack. If you want to keep your pets safe, then build a fence. Same goes to the owner of the large dog. Both owners completely irresponsible with thier pets.

    • Chris Bush

      Yes Tim. Perhaps we all should build 10 foot barbed wire fences to keep people out. Tucker is at home. He is kept in with a $2100 Invincible Fence system. Let me know what you think about the neighbors fence or attempt for containment. If someone knocks on your door and brutally attacks you…I guess you will be okay if the police officer says “Mr. Baker, build a fence”. OMG…LOL

      • zoinks

        Unfortunately, invisible fences don’t keep out other animals, as Tucker had to learn the hard way by being attacked three times by the same dog.

  • Colleen Redfern McCarthy

    Dog attack that isn’t a “pit bull” doesn’t have breed in the headline. Of course it doesn’t! Malamutes doesn’t make for good headlines, right? … So make sure to put the word “bully” in there for good measure anyway. Where are all the ehem… “public safety” folks calling for these dogs to be put down?

    • Chris Bush

      Yes Colleen. Sounds like it would be wonderful for you if the breed was American Staffordshire Terrier. Unfortunately, Tucker doesn’t care of the breed. He’s in to much pain. But, after reading him your comment, he seems to appreciate your concern. From one dog lover to another…thank you :)

    • Germaine Kornegay

      Spot on Colleen. I just said this exact thing on my FB wall. Funny, as a pet groomer I have made this same argument for about 8-9 years now and that is exactly what I hear when I take up my pit bull (or myself) being attacked to the local paper. by other breeds such as golden retrievers and poodles. “No one wants to hear that”, is what I was told. I adopted him because of this stigma in the first place. BSL stereotypes like this are too common.

    • switzerlaand

      I think this actually dispels the conspiracy theory that the media only reports attacks by pit bulls although the bully comment is a bit shady. It doesn’t negate the pit bull problem. Pit bulls and their mixes are attacking when running loose, when indoors with their beloved family members, while leashed and every other scenario you can think of including but not limited to jumping off a 2 story balcony to attack or invading another dogs home through the doggie door.

  • Jen Brighton

    Chris, so sorry for your tragedy and I pray that Tucker makes a full recovery. I believe the Malamute owner is 100% responsible if it was running loose off its own property and especially if it had done this before. There’s just no excuse. The unfortunate thing about invisible fences that the salespeople don’t tell you is that it does not keep YOUR dog safe from outside intruders (other dogs, humans with evil intentions or even wild animals) that can enter the yard and harm your dog.

  • Fran C

    Where’s the common sense in this? It’s about responsible dog ownership and being a good neighbor and citizen. Why if the dog(s) was KNOWN to attack before does THAT dog not already have a MUZZLE order on it from Animal Control? What kind of dog it is, or what size the dog is does NOT matter. SHAME on the dog(s) owner for allowing a previously offending dog to FREELY roam the street again; knowing FULL well the dog to be a physical threat to neighbors pets. Dogs, no matter disposition or temperament, need owners to keep them safe, even if it IS from themselves.

  • zoinks

    Wait. So this little dog has been attacked by this malamute two previous times and their owner still leaves him outside in a yard without a fence? Poor Tucker. Hopefully after the malamute is removed he doesn’t get eaten by a coyote or hawk when left outside defenseless.

  • Lise

    Sure, you have the right to have your dog outside in an unfenced yard. However, you have the responsibility to keep your dog safe. If you know the mal is always getting out, why would you risk Tucker’s safety? Guess my dogs mean more to me than my right to not have a safe enclosure…

  • switzerlaand

    I think this actually dispels the conspiracy theory that the media only reports attacks by pit bulls although the bully comment is a bit shady. It doesn’t negate the pit bull problem. Pit bulls and their mixes are attacking when running loose, when indoors with their beloved family members, while leashed and every other scenario you can think of including but not limited to jumping off a 2 story balcony to attack or invading another dogs home through the doggie door.

  • jane

    Please tell that Bush couple to not leave the little dog alone outside. News said it was the third time. I NEVER LEAVE MY LITTLE DOGS OUT ALONE

  • Abuse Survivor

    I’m curious why he would release a video of his dog being attacked but not of his sister being attacked at this same location? Doesn’t he want his sisters bully brought to justice also? This leaves us to believe his dog means more to him than his own family.

  • John Kaczmar

    Me and my beagle(Emmett) where walking on my yard a few nights ago when we were attacked by the neighbors rottweiler(Roxy). I was walking Emmett in my yard on a leash when I noticed Roxy bearing down at us at full speed, and she bee lined straight to Emmett. Roxy quickly smelled Emmett then viciously attacked. The attack lasted for about 10-15 minutes, that is an eternity under those circumstances. Roxy had got it in her head to kill Emmett and I had to fight her with bare hands to keep her from killing Emmett. Roxy’s main attack was to bite Emmett somewhere vulnerable and chew as hard and fast as she could. I was able to interrupt this attack periodically by punching, kicking, choking it’s neck, and yelling. But I am disabled and there was only so little that I could do. So I fought as best I could for about ten minutes, during which my little beagle took a beating, when I just lost all energy and was physically hurting. At that point I saw Emmett in the jaws of Roxy(she had Emmett by the chest/throat area) and thought to myself- “That’s it, this dog is going to kill Emmett and I can’t do a thing to stop it.” It was at that point that something kicked in and I just threw myself on Roxy and she got my left hand in her mouth, It was at this point that I was able to get my right hand free and unclip Emmett from his leash and I told him to run, which he did, to the house. I then fought this rottweiler a few more minutes before it broke loose of me and ran first to my house, then turned and went home.
    All things considered, Emmett and I came out of this experience beat up with no major injuries, so I guess I did a good job fending off that possessed rottweiler, considering I have a neurological disease and my fighting abilities are limited. Emmett sustained puncture holes, tooth abrasions, deep bruising, and trauma, so he is on antibiotics. And I came away with a bite to the lower thumb joint which required a tetanus shot and antibiotics. This was scary and traumatic, and you never can know what may happen when walking a dog, or alone. From now on I will be carrying some type of self-defense weapon. Thank you for taking time to read this.