Two year old Bella is recovering from five gaping wounds in her abdomen, after a dog across the street attacked her over the weekend.
The senior animal welfare officer for Eugene says he responds to calls about dangerous dogs every day. The complaints range from dogs menacing other animals to attacks on humans and other dogs.
If a dog is found to be dangerous, it’s placed on probation for six to 12 months and has to wear a bright orange collar and always be on a leash.
“The dog owners comply to the rules, and the dogs aren’t out again, and they don’t have any violations, basically the city sets it up to where the dog’s probationary period is done and they don’t have to follow the rules anymore,” said Ted Carlson, Senior Animal Welfare Officer.
The city says a judge could order a dog to be euthanized, but that rarely happens. Many times owners will decide they’d like to put their dog down if it’s a threat to other people and animals.