I came home to an awful message on my machine two days ago. My grandmother was sobbing into the phone, asking me to come pick her up and drive her to the hospital.
After I finished havng my heart attack, I called my mother. She calmed me down, said not to worry that I couldn’t reach Grandma on the phone; she had already been taken to the hospital, and she was fine. Mom said that while Grandma was walking her dog in her yard, the neighbor’s Saint Bernard had attacked. Her dog was leashed, and in the midst of the fight, my grandmother’s hand was broken.
My grandfather, who was thirty miles away at the time, called the neighbors, and roundly bitched them out. They offered to drive Grandma to the hospital, and grandpa met up with them there. My grandmother was fitted with a cast, and the doctor predicted that she would need surgery to fix her hand properly.
I was enraged. I called a couple other people in the neighborhood, and they all reported trouble with the dog. One woman said that her boyfriend was mauled by this animal, and is afraid to get out of his car if he sees the dog lurking nearby.
Tonight, I called to check on grandma, and I asked her if the neighbors had been keeping the dog tied up. “No,” she replied, “actually, he’s in my front yard right now.”
I tried to convince her to call the animal control people, but she doesn’t want to cause “bad will” between her neighbors. I told her to carry a BB gun, or a small baseball bat for protection, but she said that the dog specializes in stealth attacks, and she never sees him until the last moment, anyway, and that a weapon would do no good.
Dark thoughts are passing through my mind. I am a member of PETA, but I have seriously considered “taking care” of him myself. This dog could kill somebody, but the neighbors have a “born free” attitude towards their pets.
What can I do? Nothing. I feel so frustrated, and my poor grandmother is a prisoner in her own house, and, in my opinion, a prisoner of her outdated notions of being “neighborly.” She’s not even going to ask them to pay her medical bills!
So, I’m frustrated, and I’m just venting. I’m not really asking you guys for possible solutions, just getting this off of my chest.