Being attacked by dogs while running, these Montluçonnais (Allier) hope to educate the masters

Dennis Jeffroy and his son Theo took advantage of the spring equinox for the Easter holidays with their dogs, Orion and Sapphire. The two men were about a hundred meters from the houses when four mastiffs came to meet them. The owners left her astray, and then the herd threw themselves furiously at their dogs. Relentless, wolf-dog-type dogs, plunge them into a nightmare in a matter of seconds.

I cried for help. I saw my son and my dog ​​getting bitten, it seemed so long!

Denise Jeffroy (dog attack victim)

The neighbors alert their cries to the scene helplessly. Someone will tell the two men that the neighborhood is terrified: “One of the locals told me ‘We know these dogs, they are public hazards!’” “They couldn’t help us without something to protect themselves with.”

Especially since the gentlemen themselves, at last, alerted by the noise, were having great difficulty calming their animals.

They went there with big kicks, and they couldn’t control it.

Theo Jeffroy (dog attack victim)

Physical and moral injuries

Biting in several places, Dennis and Theo Jeffroy inherited a 30-day ITT (temporary total disability). Theo, very close to his animals, was deeply affected by the injuries to Orion, one of his dogs: “I was so scared, I really thought they were going to kill him. The Border Collie’s intestines were almost perforated, forcing him to wear drains for about 15 days. Dennis, who is Staring at his arms, still studded with fangs: “I carried an ambassador to protect him, but suddenly the dogs bit me a lot.”

They don’t realize that a dog can be a weapon!

Denise Jeffroy (dog attack victim)

This father of three is annoyed by the irresponsibility of some owners. Reluctant at the time, the father and son filed a complaint the next day. Denis, a former gendarme, measured his decision well: “I am not asking for imprisonment, but measures must be taken for the sake of dogs and for the safety of all.”

Karen Valgon suffered a stroke in 2011. As she ran near a house, an annoying voice behind her didn’t give her time to respond. After a long procedure, the owner of the dog was sentenced to pay large compensation. “What breaks my heart is that the dog was euthanized. We don’t blame the dogs, they just interact as much as they can.” Shocked by this adventure, a jogger remained traumatized for several years.

I walked around with a tear gas canister to reassure myself.

Karen Valgon (Victim of a dog attack in 2011)

frequent problem

“It is complicated to get gentlemen to understand that a dog is a potential danger,” says Jean-Pierre Duverger, a member of the Montluçon Athlétisme. Training at the Saint-Jean racecourse is complicated for phobias: “I run with a friend who is afraid of dogs. We are often told ‘But my dog ​​is cute’. It doesn’t help, nor does it justify anything. This problem creates tension among users: “Some get upset, preferring to throw The blame is on us, while we can only respect each other. »

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For Jérôme Goutaudier, of the USPC Commentry, the question also arises: “It’s also a problem on a bike! When you go into far corners, trails in the woods, it can become a real danger.”

If for many the dog is man’s best friend, then one should not forget that they are above all animals, the reactions of which we do not always expect.

With or without a leash, walk your dog in “good intelligence”

The temptation is strong to allow your dog to enjoy some freedom. However, owners should never forget that they are responsible for their animals.

In Montluçon, it is forbidden to walk the dog without a leash in the city. Parks and gardens may also be subject to regulation. The painted racetrack is displayed on the three entrances but is seldom respected. We must walk in harmony,” regrets Jean-Pierre Duverger, Montluçon Athlétisme member.
In French law, there is nothing prohibiting unrestricted walking in public places, leaving that choice to mayors and governors. However, their straying is prohibited. The animal may not move away from its master by more than 100 metres.

Categories and dressage

Dangerous dogs are categorized into two categories. The first is for attack dogs, determined by morphological characteristics similar to certain breeds, such as mastiffs or pit bulls. The second is for guard dogs, such as the well-known Rottweiler. To own a classified dog, licensing is mandatory. But classified dogs are not necessarily the most dangerous.

Any dog ​​that is poorly trained or left unsupervised can become a threat. It is impossible to predict the reactions of an animal to an unusual situation. Therefore, before being released, the four-legged friends must be well-trained and respect the orders of their masters. “You also have to think about people who are afraid of dogs,” says Dennis Jeffroy, a dog owner and runner.

In order to please the cute fur owners and the happiness of all public space users, the goal should be coexistence.

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