First off let me say that I am not a fan of dogs. I was almost killed by one when I was a baby and I have mild phobia of the things. And Dogs are not a fan of me. If a dog is gonna have a problem with someone in a room it will most likely be me. I have heard "He usually never bites anybody. I don't know why he attacked you" so many times.
Today as I was trying to come off the water a large dog freaked out and ran into the water and towards me barking and baring his teeth. I decided to get out of there and luckily the dog only got his teeth into my board.
I had to stay out about 10 minutes whilst the dogowner did nothing. I had not other place to come to the beach as at low tide there is only a small area of beach between the rock plates. Eventually (after a lot of shouting at the owner to sort out his dog) the dog got leashed and I could come in. The dogs owner could not understand what my problem was. When I showed him the bite in the board he just told me I should not have gotten so close to the dog. When I explained to him the there is actually a rule against dogs on the beaches here, his reply was that is was a "stupid rule" and that he could do what he wants.
My question is. What is my recourse in situation like that? Should I run the dog down with my board the next time, essentially injuring the animal? Not something I would like to do, but today was a close call, and I am not in the mood for more scars on my legs from Dog bites just because some dog owners can't follow rules and/or train their dogs.
Has anybody been in a similar situation where they have actually run the animal over unintentionally, or had to because there was not other option?
dude.. this is bad. I too was attacked by a dog when I was about 8 and got away pretty much scott free, but scared... and to this day I've been a dog owner all my life. I have friends that are not dog fans and it's almost like they know it and pay extra attention. I have a baby now and am always very aware that despite the dog and baby getting along, that you can never rely on what an animal will or won't do... so I always take precautions.
Kite wise... I've noticed that kites freak dogs out. Flying a trainer in a park, I've seen dogs bark and run around while trying to figure out what it is. None has gone after me though. That being said... it's the dog owner responsibility to maintain control at all times. Here in Ontario, it's against the law to have a dog on a beach that is not leashed. The dog owner should pay for your board 100% and you should call the cops about the incident. Like I said I love dogs, but there is absolutely no reason why you should be afraid to enjoy a public space. I don't imagine cops will take a biting lightly and will likely post signs or have a look around. I'm sure the guy goes there on a regular basis. Dog walkers have the routine. Doesn't matter if he thinks it's a stupid rule... rules are rules and they are clearly in place to prevent your experience. What if it had been worse? TOugh to fend off a dog tied to a kite. And I would appreciate that in a serious encounter it becomes about survival - yours. If you had maimed the dog with your board, the guy would have nothing to say about it legally because his dog was out of his control.
Seriously... I'd go to the cops and at least make the complaint. THey can't follow-up with no record of this.