The Terrible Tale of a vicious Scottish Terrier

Incomprehensible, especially when there are other Scotties who are so good with children. Surely, there must have been warning signs with this dog. I find it hard to believe attacks like this come out of nowhere.

A few years ago I was walking down the street when I saw a dog tied to a post lunge at the person walking ahead of me. I assumed the owner must be inside a nearby store so I went in and asked if anyone owned the dog outside and explained what had happened.

A bunch of people came out to look and treated me like an hysterical woman — until a group of students walked by and the dog lunged again and bit one of the group, tearing her jeans but not injuring her luckily.

At that point, the dog’s owner emerged from the store and feigned complete disbelief that her animal could do such a thing, but when she was asked to pay to replace the jeans, she untied the dog and scurried off.

There is no doubt in my mind she knew she had a dog that needed to be muzzled. Unless there’s something like rabies involved, this kind of behaviour doesn’t just happen.

12 thoughts on “The Terrible Tale of a vicious Scottish Terrier

  1. I’m not sure if I would be up for owning a dog that needed to wear a muzzle in public… but if my dog lunged and bit, I guess I’d be a believer. In this case I’d advise a tourniquet for the dog’s owner to wear, applied to the neck. What an idiot! Could have really hurt someone badly. That kind of carelessness gets lots of dogs put to sleep.

  2. Apparently the writer did not bother to find out what type of dog actually bit this child. While the Queens English may be foreign to most Americans, even in the UK a Scottish Terrier is a Scottish Terrier, and a West Highland Terrier is a Westie, so what the hell is a Scottish highland terrier??? Additionally we were spared the details of the actual “attack”. I am sure there is a lot more to this story (and perhaps some contributing actions by the little girl)if the local magistrate only gave the owner orders to have the dog on a leash.

  3. I just hate this story because readers will assume the dog was a Scottish Terrier, (particularly when “Jock” was described as black) and thus all are biters. Having said that, I know Scotties have German Shepard sized teeth, and as a Scottie rescuer, I discourage people with young children from getting a Scottie. I was a married woman before I could even afford a Scottish Terrier. Scotties are NOT toys. And some Scotties have a prey drive for food that is amazing. Children don’t have the reflexes to deal with the strength of our little guys. It sounds like the dog in this story wasn’t accustomed to children. A perfect set up for disaster. There must have been additional extenuating circumstances…

  4. given that the bite is (sadly) on the face, and scotties come up to your knees, tops, there HAVE to be extenuating circumstances. it couldn’t be completely unprovoked … but who knows.

  5. This story lacks a great deal insofar as is leaves out many details about the attack. While there are certainly dogs who are dangerous(usually due to a lack of discipline by the owner) many cases of children being bitten are due at least in part to the child not being taught how to interact with dogs. My daughter is six and my oldest Scottie *Jock* will be 10 this November. I am the indisputable Alpha in the house and he wouldn’t even consider even baring his teeth at my daughter even if she were to take food from his dish.

  6. "given that the bite is (sadly) on the face, and scotties come up to your knees, tops, there HAVE to be extenuating circumstances. it couldn't be completely unprovoked … but who knows."

    My best guess is that the girl sat down on the grass to eat her hot dog & the dog decided he wanted a bite too.

  7. In response to the first anonymous commenter – completely unrelated – but your jibe reminded me that when lived in England with the most classic looking black Scottie ever, people were always commenting on our “Westie”. In one striking incident a woman with the broadest Scots accent ever heard asked us what kind of dog she was and she commented in an amazed tone that she had never heard of a Scottish Terrier before! Now in the US, people much more often identify our dog correctly – just a fluke, I guess! And I think I will reserve comment on the people involved in this sorry incident!

  8. I have to weigh in here with my 2 cents. First, let me say I am a huge dog lover and my two Scotties are family members. They socialize with all ages in this house. Second, with that said, I don’t think any dog, however good natured, trained, loving, etc., can ever be left alone with a child. Ever. Third, I believe every dog has a little wolf inside and with provocation, and sometimes without, is capable of attacking. I trust my dogs unconditionally, but only with me. I always watch when they are around children, especially toddlers, and a small child with food? – Forget it. My dogs have a strong food drive and I’m not sure what would happen if a small child were on the ground unsupervised with a hot dog. In my heart I think nothing except perhaps staring and drooling, but you just never know. And who’s to say little Molly wasn’t waving her hot dog around and teasing the dog? But I don’t want to blame the child, either, so here are my questions to the adult parent and adult dog owner:

    Why was the child unsupervised? Why was the dog off leash and unsupervised?

    Is it just me? Doesn’t the parent have some responsibility here, too? And the dog owner should be muzzled himself. Idiot. It gives all dogs a bad name when these things happen, and now there’s a little girl with a scarred face and a lifetime fear of dogs. It’s just tragic, all around.

  9. The Wirral Globe reckons it’s a Scottie. I would send a link, but I’m embarrassed by the standard of English of my compatriots in the ‘comments’ section.

    Also, bit of tabloid reporting – the story focuses on the fact the little girl was ‘pretty’. Wonder how they’d have covered it if she was, say, ‘plain’…

    Chester Scotties – I agree there is a big responsibility on individuals on both sides, and I’m also conscious that, inside our Scottie ball of fluff, lies a wolf.

  10. This story brings tears to my eyes. I learned of this case after researching dog attacks on children. Our two year old daughter was also viciously attacked by a scottish terrier. We have been told the dog had no previous aggression towards children.

    Please please please always be cautious and a responsible with your dogs, our daughter (and the child in this article) will have scarring and horrible memories of the attack for the rest of their lives.

  11. I was bit on my upper lip Sept. 24th 2015. My friend super glued me back together & I assumed it was a fluke cuz we were drunk.
    the dog seemed fine then last night…. that same dogs attitude shifted for no apparent reason & she snapped at me again but if she would have connected….. I would have lost my face from my eyes down. It’s will absolutely haunt me for a while. I’m hoping she does the right thing which makes me cry but she has grandbabies. She no longer wants to be my friend because I suggested she put her down.

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