Yesterday I took my pup for a walk and I had my 4 year old son with me as well.
I walked past a house that has a picket fence along the front and a low section of colorbond fencing at the side that is about metre long before it rises up to a normal fence height.
I walked past the front of that yard and what looked like a Mastiff crossbreed around 75cm tall started barking and came running to the picket fence. It was growling and barking as it jumped up following us along the front of the house. All its hair on its back was standing up and it was was in real frenzy.
I tried not to react and just kept walking, I don't want my dog to be reactive to things like that so I just carried on as normal.
Then when we got to the end of the picket fence the Mastiff /mongrel jumped the fence and charged at my pup, this thing was in attack mode so I had no choice I had to pick my pup up. It started jumping up trying to bite my dog and I just kept turning my back, it clawed my back like it was trying to climb over me and it snapped its teeth over my shoulder, I was worried it would get hold of my ear but I didn't get bitten at all, it was just after my dog not me.
After about 15 jumps (It could have been more or less I wasn't counting) I called out to the owners which were on the front veranda and they just stood there watching. I yelled "call your bloody dog off" and they said nothing but I saw a woman starting to walk down the steps.
I looked the dog in the eye and yelled as loud as I could "get out of it ya mongrel" (I have a very intimidating voice when I get angry) and I charged at the dog and it took off straight for my son, who panicked and ran away,luckily an old neighbour from across the road came over and put himself between my son and the dog and he grabbed my son before he ran onto the road.
The woman from the house where the dog came from just said "How did you get out - he doesn't normally jump the fence" no apologies or remorse whatsoever.
We all came out mostly unscathed but I have a few scratches down my back.
Does this constitute a dog attack ?
My fiancée says I should ring the police and the council, nobody got hurt and there is no bites or any real damage so I'm not sure.
If the dog had attacked a pup walking with a kid there would have been problems so maybe I should report it to prevent anyone else getting hurt.
It's helped forge a better bond between me and my pup, now he's even closer to me than he was before so there was an upside to it all.