Friday night my 8 year old was out with his scout pack delivering bags for food collection for the shelters. They would hang the bags on the doors and then run to the next house. My son ran up to a door and as he turned and ran to the next house an unleashed large dog ran up and bit him on the butt, breaking the skin.
The medical clinic told me that it is the law that I report the bite to Animal Control, and I did. They are coming to look at the bite and to have my son show them where the dog lives. They will have the owners show proof that the dog is current on all shots and also quarantine him for 10 days to make sure that he isn’t sick.
My son is a tough little shit and doesn’t really think it is a big deal (he can’t see how bad it really looks). He begged me not to call Animal Control because he is afraid that they will kill the dog or hurt it. I think I have convinced him that they will treat the animal nice, I just need to convince myself.
I think that the dog was only protecting the property and only bit my son when he started to run. I don’t really think that the dog is vicious. The only reason that I reported it is so I can have some proof that the dog is not rabid (I live in the country with lots of wild little critters running loose).
I know that I did the right thing and I never even considered NOT having the dog checked out, so why to I feel so shitty? They are only taking the dog for 10 days and won’t destroy him unless he is sick, but I feel like I am ruining their holiday and although I don’t know the family, they are young and have a few little kids. I am sure that the impound charge and fine is really going to cut into their Christmas fund. I also can’t stop thinking about them loading up the dog as the family cries and gives him a hug goodbye and then how sad he will look in the back of the truck and then later sitting in his cage for 10 days not knowing why he is there.
I know I did the right thing, I just feel like some evil villain.
Please tell your pants it’s not polite to point.