Dog Owner: My Boxer Was Attacked by a Pit Bull at Sandy Springs Park

In an email to Sandy Springs Patch, Jose Mesquita said his boxer was attacked by a pit bull on Saturday in the dog park at Morgan Falls Overlook Park.



A year after two pit bulls ran through a Sandy Springs neighborhood, frightening residents and attacking family pets, upset dog owner, Jose Mesquita believes pit bulls are a .

In an email to Sandy Springs Patch, Mesquita said his boxer was attacked by a pit bull on Saturday in the dog park at Morgan Falls Overlook Park.

He wrote:

I was researching and I came across your ...The same incident happened to my dog today! Below is the email I am sending to Councilman Collins: 

Dear Councilman, Today, February 11th, 2012, I took my Boxer dog to the Morgan Falls dog park and there was another man there with two dogs, and one of them was a female pit bull.  My dog began playing with both of them, chasing each other and running as dogs always do at the dog park.  After about 20 minutes of playing, the pit bull all of the sudden snapped and proceeded to viciously attack my boxer, causing many bite injuries to his face and neck, and severely cutting my boxer's mouth to the point that it required stitches. As a Sandy Springs resident, I am concerned about the safety of the dogs visiting the park, and most importantly the people (including children).  I understand that accidents happen, but based on the amount of pit bull attacks lately, there should be a serious review whether this is a freak accident or do pit bulls pose a safety risk to residents and their pets.

Following the attack, the pit bull's owner took the dog to his car and came back to check on my dog's injuries. On the way to his car, I actually heard him say to his pit bull, "You are not coming back here again."

We both examined my dog's injuries and I decided that I had to take him to the hospital.  We both walked are dogs back to the cars (he had another dog with him). The man said, "Sorry," a couple of times and did seem concerned and a bit, and shocked by his dog's aggressive behavior. Now, I realize that I should have asked him for his contact information, but it all happened so fast and because my hands were covered in blood, I decided to leave and go straight to the hospital.

…About two to three weeks ago another boxer in my neighborhood was attacked by a pit bull, and his boxer sustained much worse injuries than mine…

Joan Pressman February 14, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Were the police notified about the attack? was anyone else present? If this is the case we need to provide better control at the dog park. the dog park is pretty isolated from the rest of the area, and many times I am tempted to go but choose not to. there.
Lisa Thompson February 14, 2012 at 02:08 PM
It's always a risk when you take your dog(s) to a dog park because you don't know the disposition of the other dogs in the park. I have dogs and do not take them to the dog park for fear that someone's dog might attack. The breed of the dog is not the issue.
Jill Levenson February 14, 2012 at 03:15 PM
While I'm sorry to hear that Jose's boxer got hurt, I couldn't disagree more with his decision to cast blame on the breed, especially his decision to bring a city councilman into it. I've volunteered in dog rescue for several years now, and I can tell you a couple of things based on my experience: 1. Put strange dogs together and fights can happen. 2. A fights can happen in an instant, even after the dogs have been playing nicely. 3. Pit bulls, as a breed, are no more prone to violence than any other breed, except when human intervention trains them to be violent or human negligence leaves them with inadequate exercise and discipline.
Daniel Tallon February 14, 2012 at 04:16 PM
I have taken my pit bull to this dog park once and he was discrimanted against by other dog owners verbaly on sight, without even entering the gate. The way some people handle themselves when it comes to these dogs is absolutly outrageous, and to get the city envolved is the wrong thing to do out of consideration of the "good" pitbulls and there owners. Call animal control and stop trying to feed the "pitbull" fire.
Connie J February 14, 2012 at 06:54 PM
I believe the dog was attack because the "Dog Park" at Morgan Falls is NOT well taken care of. They have a side for small dogs and a side for bigger dogs. Every time I go and take my dog there are HUGE dogs in the small dog section and I've confronted the owners before and they said they don't like their dogs to be with the other dogs but they wanted them to get some exercise. We'll then take your dog elsewhere because if you don't want your dog to be with other dogs then you must know it's vicious
Lindsey February 15, 2012 at 04:21 PM
bad dog owners are a problem. not dogs. a boxer attacked my pitbull while we were rollerblading and the owner didn't have his boxer even tied up in his front yard. my dog did NOTHING to his dog and it chased after us and jumped on my dog as we kept going the other way. but, thanks to that dumb fart of a dog owner, my dog not is more reactive to any dog in any yard outside cuz he no longer trusts the dogs or the people behind them, same as me. control your animals people, don't control me!
Shay November 29, 2012 at 03:05 AM
WOW.... What cracks me up is this man had 2 dogs and you only remrember the "pitbull" and if I had to guess I bet it wasnt even a "pitbull" that is the number one thing that upsets me but number 2 is that Morgan Falls Park is not any differnat than any other dog park.... You HAVE TO WATCH YOUR DOG and be in control of them and KNOW THIS - Dogs are animals and dog fights happen despite our best attempt to prevent them. It sounds like both people in this incident cared about what happened. Energy from other dogs and owners can change the energy in the entire park in an instant and as I always say-its not the dog its the owner.....
Shay November 29, 2012 at 03:15 AM
futhermore the kind of energy that alot of you are using in these posts are the very thing that casues dog fights. I agree people have aggressive dogs and they bring them into the park and they shouldn't but sometimes an accident just happens.... That doesn't mean the person shouldn't be able to come back to the park. I bet is this was a Yorkie and a shitzu and the same injuries we sustained no one would be writing about it..... IT IS NOT THE BREED....If I had a play by play of the entire incident I bet I could pinpoint the warning signal and when things began to go awry and how being present and proactive can prevent alot of these accidents. But make no mistake "pitbull" is a bad word and making it worse by discriminating and having people look at these dogs with worry and nervousness only compounds the problem with nervous energy and ignorance.... As for the park in which this occurred....it could happen anywhere.....Last thing.... WALK YOUR DOGS BEFORE you BRING THEM TO THE DOG PARK. Dog Parks should be a social hour not a place to expend your dogs pent up energy. AND if you know your dog has been aggressive or shown aggression please remove them from the park so we all are safe whether that be a Pomeranian or a German Sheppard.... FINALLY, Pit Bull is not a dirty word and if you ever really knew one of these dogs raised by a responsible owner you would not be so foolish as to blame Put Bulls for every bad thing that goes on....
Shay November 29, 2012 at 03:16 AM


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