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What Would You Do If Someone Kicked Your Dog on a Walk?


Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, pets, dogs )

Cher Away
- 164 days ago - dogster.com
It happened to me -- a child kicked my little dog Mercury -- and it quickly escalated into very complicated situation.



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Brad Hunter (25)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 9:52 am
thanks
 

Ljiljana Milic (100)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 10:38 am
How would I react - For sure would't feel "horrible" or sorry for the "little boy" who kicked my dog!
Thank you Cher
 

Kit B. (276)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 10:47 am

First check my dog, then I just might call the police to scare both the child and the parent(s). It's inexcusable behavior and parents need to be aware that it is not cute or normal and must be addressed. I think this also says something about what is happening in the home.

When I was asking my neighbors to be on the look out for my Snowy because she slipped out, the one next door said if she saw her, she would kick her in the head. I thanked her for being a good Christian woman.
 

Ruth S. (307)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 11:18 am
Parents need to teach their kids at home to respect people and animals, by doing that incidents like this would not happen!
 

BarbCat SunshineLady (1645)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 11:38 am
I agree with Kit, I would call the police...poor little Mercury and the little boy!! And now she's afraid to walk her dogs around little kids!! If I could leave her a comment I'd tell her to be strong and put a hedge of protection around her dogs and herself!! Thnx Cher!!
 

Ruth Ann W. (208)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 12:05 pm
It would depend on who did it. A kid is one thing, adult is another. Calling police would be the right first step, after, of course, ascertaining the state of my pup. Ok or not, they better watch out...Florida has a stand your ground law. You can shoot someone and get away with it. Not saying I would shoot (hard since I do not own a gun) but there are many who pack and would shoot first, ask questions later. Sorry for your pup, Cher. Anyone who would kick a dog in front of me is gonna need help.
 

Many Feathers (134)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 12:20 pm
noted
 

Malgorzata Zmuda (182)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 12:27 pm
zgadzam się z Ruth, od rodziców dzieci powinny uczyć się jak szanować życie - ludzi i zwierząt oraz jak nie zadawać cierpienia, nikomu.
 

donald Baumgartner (4)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 12:31 pm
911 would be getting a call from me!!!!
 

Barbara D. (95)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 12:45 pm
Absolutely call the police! You might not get far with it depending on where you live, but a police report of an incident like this goes a long way in animal abuse cases (the father was legally resonsible) and with Children's Services in child abuse cases.
I'd rather call the police than read in the papers that the child was seriously battered. At least it's on record.
 

Shawna S. (43)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 1:07 pm
Tough call. It's clearly abuse - to the dog and the child.
 

JESSICA O. (9)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 1:10 pm
It's all unacceptable. I don't have a problem telling people their business when it involves things like abuse. If you don't want someone in your face telling you what you are doing is wrong, then don't do it!
 

Birgit W. (144)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 1:38 pm
I wonder if the son learned how to be violent from his father. This father should have explained to his son that he cannot just hurt a dog, and he should have asked his son to apologize. Hitting his son is not the right solution.
 

VinnieSick m. (330)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 1:49 pm
Well, I divorced my ex-hubby for kicking my dog, but that was just the Last Straw. I would have gone Postal. However this kid shouldn't have gotten a beating, just a spank and a talking to. And yes, call ASPCA to report abuse, where ever you see it. The animals only have us as a voice. Glad the old pup is o.k. Aye Chihuahua. Hi Cher my old friend.
 

randy lee (17)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 1:53 pm
Im afraid that my first reaction would be to get very angry at the child and yell at him. But then i would probaly collect myself and start yelling at the parents.Im very protective over my little mini pin because i know that there is a lot of cruel people out there that thinks nothing of hurting animals.
 

Patsy Olive (0)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 1:54 pm
Noted & tweeted.
 

A F. (130)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 2:10 pm
:(
 

Debra Van Way (12)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 2:59 pm
I would have told the child kicking an animal is very bad and people who mistreat animals can get into lots of trouble. If an adult did it-they would still be looking for the missing person.
 

Ken O. (56)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 3:10 pm
Sometimes kids are just rotten and it has nothing to do with the parents. Perhaps the father unloaded on the brat because he'd tried other alternatives to impress upon him he shouldn't hurt animals and they didn't work. This might have been the last straw. The father might be a serious animal lover whose intent it was to impress upon the brat what it's like to be hit by someone bigger than yourself whom you have no ability to defend yourself from. There are many scenarios and we really don't know what Sassafras meant by "began beating the kid right there on the sidewalk". Beating? With his fists? With a stick? With a belt? With his hand on the kids face. On the kids rump? There is no explanation, we simply don't know. As far as I'm concerned the father did the right thing, didn't let the kid get away with it, much better than walking away and doing nothing or verbally abusing Sassafras for being on the street with her dog. You never know. He went so far as to apologize for his kid, evil, violent and out of control parents don't apologize. Probably isn't the first time the kid got out of hand.
 

Kate Kenner (200)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 3:22 pm
Do you really think the police are going to come because a five year old kicked a dog? I doubt it. I would be pretty angry but it would depend on how the parent reacted. This guy said he was sorry but no one knows how he raises his kids in regard to animals or in general. Was he physically beating the kid? It was a bad snapshot moment but I know I would be pretty mad even if it was a kid who kicked my dog especially if s/he was an small/old dogs.
 

Natasha Salgado (519)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 3:34 pm
I'd def hold the kid even if i have to run after him then i'd call the police. No way the sadistic hack is getting away without some form of punishment. No descent normal person regardless of age goes around kicking animals. I'd recommend counselling ASAP.
 

tasunka m. (334)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 3:42 pm
I had a guy threaten to shoot my dog,because his dogs barked uncontrollably upon seeing him
the police were not helpful, i begged them to call the guy'eventually they did
so I was on record
 

Allan Yorkowitz (453)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 3:48 pm
Yes, animal abuse is a learned behavior, yet, the father delt with the child. Interesting story of what can potentially happen to children as they grow older- reguardless of the parents who cleary don't realize what their child is capable of doing.
 

Terrie Williams (769)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 3:58 pm
GMTA Debra.....and they would never find it. :)
 

Madhu Pillai (22)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 4:57 pm
Noted. Yes Abuse is certainly a learned behaviour.
 

Elisa F. (235)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 5:05 pm
:( Very upsetting all around. Thanks, Cher.
 

Kara C. (15)
Thursday March 20, 2014, 4:05 am
If someone kicked my dog I would punch them in the face, if a kid did it I would scream at the parent or drag the kid home by the ear THEN scream at the parent. Dad dealt with his kid wrong but he the kid does need to learn how not to treat animals.
 

Ana R (220)
Thursday March 20, 2014, 4:16 am
Luckily that kind of person wasn't born yet...!
 

Manuela Annofsky (88)
Thursday March 20, 2014, 6:56 am
Ich hätte das Kind gefragt warum es das gemacht hat und dann hätte ich mir den Vater vorgenommen mit dem Kind eine Therapie zu machen, bevor er das noch mal macht! Außerdem hätte ich mir die Adresse geben lassen falls doch noch etwas mit dem Hund sein sollte. Wenn dieser Mann mir die Adresse nicht geben will, würde ich Ihm so lange folgen, bis zu seinem Zuhause.
 

Leslene Dunn (73)
Thursday March 20, 2014, 7:12 am
I can assure you it would be the last kick a child or adult ever took again at any dog!
 

Sandi C. (242)
Thursday March 20, 2014, 7:16 am
noted
 

Colin Hope (244)
Thursday March 20, 2014, 8:07 am
If I were not around, my dog WOULD bite you!!
 

Julie c. (23)
Thursday March 20, 2014, 9:03 am
I would take measures to find out who person was and a few choice words if it was an adult.
 

Sara P. (57)
Thursday March 20, 2014, 9:40 am
I do become him sterile!!!!!!
 

June Bostock (46)
Thursday March 20, 2014, 10:58 am
Noted.
 

Shan D. (49)
Thursday March 20, 2014, 11:38 am
"When I was asking my neighbors to be on the look out for my Snowy because she slipped out, the one next door said if she saw her, she would kick her in the head." (Kit B.)

I'd have added, "Well, if I find my dog injured, I'll know *exactly* where to send the police to charge you with animal cruelty/abuse."

 

Jamie Clemons (280)
Thursday March 20, 2014, 1:18 pm
I would yell at them if they kicked my cat and would probably have to be held back.
 

gabriele jefferson (147)
Thursday March 20, 2014, 3:27 pm
noted,signed,shared on twitter,google,fb. thx.
 

Bette Libin (0)
Thursday March 20, 2014, 8:16 pm
Difficult situation, depends upon where you live...I live in CT under strict and often confounding pet laws....I almost served 6 months in a prison due to a leash law, unbeknownst to me it is a criminal offense to have your dog off leash....
 

. (0)
Friday March 21, 2014, 12:45 am
If someone were to kick my Holly girl, I will kick them back for sure, I don't care whether If its a kid or a adult, kids can be very cruel, as we see time and again on the petition site. At least the father corrected the little brat, that will teach him never to be unkind to a animal again!!!
 

Tanya G. (13)
Friday March 21, 2014, 7:48 am
Thank you for sharing this story, Cher. Thanks Charles for forwarding this to me. I understand Ms Lowrey & would most likely react the same way. The father seems abusive alright - makes me wonder what he does to his son in private & how often it happens. Am pretty sure that's why the child took it out on little Mercury. =( If he didn't hit the child though, I would definitely get mad at both child & dad.
 

Jennifer H. (1)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 6:00 pm
The father and kid definitely would have gotten an earful from me. That I know for sure.
 

Latonya W. (83)
Tuesday April 1, 2014, 4:18 pm
I would have done the exact same thing that father did whipping and apologizing...if u beat ur kid ur abusing them but thats exactly why we have so many disrespectful and lazy kids, parents are'nt on their asses..and ur kid is a representation of u..beating them for no reason is abuse..My kid knew growing up u act up u get slapped up and now she is a animal loving elderly loving respect all others etc etc..
 
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