Mrs. Greene's Pugnacious Poodle Attacks Wednesday, May 06, 2009 By Dolgoon Erdenebileg
Many people adopt pets from rescue organizations out of compassion. One of them was Ms. Mary Ruth Greene, an English teacher at Venice High. On Friday, April 24 while she was getting ready to come to school, her dog bit her on the lips, which resulted in missing school that day, and getting stitches at the hospital. About a year and half ago, Ms. Greene and her husband adopted their black lab mix dog from the Bark Avenue foundation. When her dog started fighting with other dogs, she got a DNA testing done, which revealed surprisingly that her dog was a mix of 1/8 of boxer, rottweiler and poodle. Ms. Greene and her husband spent hundreds of dollars and hours to train the dog. Though she felt the dog was very aggressive, she kept on making excuses and hoped that she could train her. "We really tried to work with her," explained Ms. Greene, adding that her dog is being sent back to the shelter. "When you get a dog from rescue organization you have to be really careful about what you are getting," advised Ms. Greene to anyone who is planning to adopt a dog. Ms. Greene already had a tetanus shot before the incident. After the incident, her dog received a rabies shot. According to www.dogbitelaw.com, approximately 4.7 million dog bites occur in the USA per year. Statistics have shown that the central target area is the face and it includes the lips, nose, and cheeks. Pit bulls and rottweilers are the most harmful and inflict the most serious injuries, according to the study.