Usually, we would praise anybody who refuses to remain silent in the face of what they think is animal cruelty. With so many dogs and cats being abused these days, it’s important to be careful and provide a warning before it’s too late. However, this instance indicates that even if we want the best for an animal, it’s always a wise idea to double-check your concerns. Read the story to know what occurred with this dog owner and share your views on this.
My dog, Maximo Tiberio, is a rescue dog. He has a lot of aggression problems. As a result, his vet recommended training him with a muzzle. The muzzle that my dog wears is totally comfortable for him, it doesn’t hurt him or anything. So far we have had very good results. I take my dog to a dog park every Monday, along with my 11-year-old daughter.
I took my dog to the dog park like I normally do, he was wearing a muzzle. I keep an eye on him, checking for signs of trouble.
Suddenly, I hear a girl cry, and my daughter is out of my field of vision, so I get worried. I tie Maximo up in an area specifically designated for that purpose, and I move no more than 15m away from him to search for my daughter. I find her (it was not her who was crying) and when I return for Maximo I see this girl running towards him, she takes him in her arms and runs back to her car. Max is visibly stressed but because of the muzzle he can’t do anything. The park was almost empty, so there was no one around her to stop her and I couldn’t reach her, but I took a picture of her from her license plate.
I went to the police station, where they identified the owner of the car and sent a patrol to look for my dog. A day later, the police return with the girl and Maximo, who was in a deplorable state, very nervous and anxious.
There, the girl explains to me that she took Maximo because she thinks I am abusing him and that she watches every Monday how he uses a muzzle against his will.
Regardless of her reasoning, no matter how noble she is, I decided that I would sue her anyway. The stress I felt, along with the state Maximo returned, is reason enough to sue her.
My sister has another opinion. She says that I am being a horrible person for suing someone that thought she was doing the right thing and that the girl took a risk to save a dog that she believed was being abused, and that’s admirable. Some of my friends agree with her. I still want to sue her, but I would like another perspective to see if I am in the wrong…
Here are a few comments on the story where it was originally posted: