An Upper West Sider shared a video of an argument between dog owners at Bull Moose Dog Run on 81st Street by the American Museum of Natural History on Monday morning. The scene, which was shared on NextDoor, apparently followed a pretty scary attack.
The NextDoor user removed the video shortly after posting it, citing as their reason a handful of derogatory comments towards the breed of dog which appeared to be the aggressor: a pit bull.
The now deleted post described a scene in which one dog “latched onto another for several minutes,” though actual footage of the dogs fighting was not included. The video instead showed a number of dog owners, some arguing, others filming the scene with their iPhones.
The video also showed the owner of the pit bull defending his canine’s actions. “No no no, that dog was loose!” he could be heard saying. “That dog came to my dog! My dog had the ball in his mouth!”
According to the post, the owner of the dog that was attacked tried to get the pit bull owner’s contact information, but had no luck. After we first shared the story on Monday, a reader called us to say he saw the pit bull owner in the north west section of the Great Lawn in Central Park.
A message about the incident was also shared on Bull Moose Dog Run’s Facebook page.
We reached out to the person who took the video for additional comment (before they took the post down). The only thing they wanted us to add was to “discourage mean comments towards [pit bulls] as all dogs should be properly trained when entering the park.”
Dogs fight, so you can’t just blame a dog who wins. If you are letting your dog interact with strangers dogs in a dog park, dogs might fight. You can’t make someone else pay for your dogs medical bills, you can’t control dogs fighting especially if your dog went up to his dog. However his argument about a dog coming up to his dog doesn’t make sense because it’s within a dog park. Anywhere else, I’d completely agree.