Little Girl, I am sorry I failed you!

All I would like to avoid is something like this happening to a little girl in my neighbourhood.
Kelly Voigt after dog attack 4-22-99


But let’s get things started from the beginning. On my daily bike commute I had to stop for a red light. I saw a dog,  greeted him, said hi, how are you? He looked friendly enough. The lights turned green, the dog followed me. Did not think much of it but then happp, she bit me and bit me hard.

dog bite









The guards from the MUNICIPALIDAD that were near where it happened knew who the dog belongs to. “It’s from the guards of the condominio they said”. Right away I made a statement to Seguridad Ciudadana and they knew the dog.

After that I went to hospital, got 2 shots of vaccination and have to follow a strict plan for Rabies Vaccination. I must have a total of 6 shots 😦
To state it mildly I am furious. Also because that dog should not have run around without a leash. Officially the dog has no owner, or does she?

the dog and his house







This is where she lives. Se has a house, has clothes and has food, but no owner?
I wanted to “save the next girl” from being bitten which is why I decided to go to the police. They were everything BUT helpful. The officer did not want to open a case. If I don’t know the owner the dog has no owner. I told him – look at this photo does it look like he has no owner? I said he belongs to the Condominio (housing comunity) – has the guards give him food. No, that is not good enough according to the cop. The police man told me – nobody purchased this dog. Long story short I left but not without asking two other officers for help. The same, sorry we can’t help. The dog has no owners.

On the way out I saw the following:

Stray Dog at Police Station








*Street dog inside the gate of the police station.


Was that the reason nobody wants to help me? I believe it is – that is the Chilean attitude towards dogs. Please don’t kill street dogs. Please feed them give them housing let them shit but don’t worry you have no responsibilities. I asked the female police officer about that dog and she said what they all say: “No hace nada” – He does nothing. Exactly the words that the guards used about the dog that bit me.

I am still trying – I want to do something and have contacted two lawyers. One already told me – don’t do anything – The dog has no owner. Lets see what the other one tells me. But most probably it is I am sorry little girl that I failed you.

PS: The first picture is a random picture from the internet. That is available to use. I don’t think the dog that bit me has the power to do that type of damage but a dog that bit before is likely to bite again. Also she looked very friendly and a kid is likely to stroke her. You never know when they lose it and bite. Here is more info about the girl in the photo.


2 thoughts on “Little Girl, I am sorry I failed you!

  1. Caroline Reay

    Whilst I’m sorry you got bitten, I just want to say that it’s not inevitable that this dog is a risk to children – chasing and nipping/biting are predatory behaviours, not attack. Chile is supposed to be free of rabies btw

  2. hey Caroline,

    thanks for reading and commenting.
    No idea what the dog wanted, why it bit me but it is likely to bite again.
    About the rabies… I thought long and hard about vaxination but the doctors didn’t – they didn’t even ask me. They just did it.

    Thinking if I should go take my third shot I did a bit of research – and yes there were rabies found in Chile. Issue is once the symptoms start you are DEAD – or you have a expiry date. So I decided I wouldn’t play and take tiny chances of dying – I would just waste my time getting pinched.

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