Police Dogs Help Dog Bite Victim Get Over Dog Phobia

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Alicia Martinez, a 17-year-old from Spain, used to love dogs and enjoyed their company, but everything changed when she was attacked by a loose Rottweiler on June 28, 2013.

Martinez was walking down the street with her headphones on. She passed a residence were the home’s door was opened and an aggressive dog was outside. The dog was not leashed and it had just attacked another passerby who had climbed up a tree to avoid the pet. Oblivious to these events, Martinez became the next dog bite victim when the Rottweiler jumped from behind her and bit her arms and back.

Alicia overcomes her dog phobia. Photo Credit: Alicante Actualidad
Alicia overcomes her dog phobia. Photo Credit: Alicante Actualidad

 

A man driving his car was able to get the dog off of Martinez and place the teenager in his car while they waited for an ambulance to arrive.

Since the attack, Martinez had not been able to be near any dogs, she even stopped going out with her friends because she was terrified that if she would encounter a canine on the streets, she would have a panic attack.

“When I came out of the hospital I never expected to be so fearful of dogs,” Martinez told La Gaceta. “I didn’t understand this new feeling, I had never feared them before.

The young girl sought professional help to try get over her dog phobia, but even after participating in six months of therapy, she was nowhere close to overcoming her fear of dogs.

This changed when the police unit of Alicante, enlisted the help of Police Officer Sergio Melgares and their two K9 officers, a German shepherd and an 18-month-old Rottweiler named Koldo. During two months, Alicia has met with police officers and their K9 officers eight times, and slowly she has done therapy and gotten closer to the dogs. Martinez’s dog phobia has slowly stopped.

The therapy with the K9 officers has been such a success that Alicia no longer fears the dogs, she even feeds Koldo by holding a hot dog link in her mouth and allowing him to take it away from her.

Alicia next to her dog therapists. Photo Credit: Alicante Actualidad
Alicia next to her dog therapists. Photo Credit: Alicante Actualidad

 

“This kind of therapy has been the best thing I could have ever done,” said Martinez. “Now when I’m out and I encounter a Rottweiler I no longer panic, I feel comfortable.”

According to Melgares, Martinez is very brave to want to get over the phobia after such traumatic attack. “We offer to help her and the therapy has been a complete success” Melgares said.

We applaud Martinez for overcoming her fears and wanting to continue to be an animal lover even after experiencing a traumatic and scaring dog bite event.

 

3 thoughts on “Police Dogs Help Dog Bite Victim Get Over Dog Phobia”

  1. While this is an inspiring, happy story, the editing is completely lacking. Spell-check does not recognize the errors because the words that are misspelled are actual words. They just aren’t the words that should be there. The second paragraph and the final paragraph (among others) have errors. Does nobody take pride in their writing ability? Have so many people become so lazy that they assume spell-check fixes all the errors? I would be ashamed to have submitted this article with the errors in it.

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  2. TO: ANONYMOUS WHY DO YOU HAVE TO BE SO NIT-PICKY? I THINK THE STORY WAS GREAT {BAD SPELLING OR NOT} THE FACT THAT THE 17 YR. OLD WAS ABLE TO OVERCOME HER FEARS WAS WHAT IS BEING TOLD. NO ONE ASKED FOR AN ENGLISH TEACHER TO CORRECT THEIR SPELLING.. IF YOU ARE SO BORED I WILL MAKE MY STATEMENT AND PROVIDE YOU WITH SOMETHING TO DO SO YOU CAN BE ENTERTAINED ALSO. I INJIED THE FECT THET THE YUNG LADY HES OVERCUME HIR FEERS OF DOGS.

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  3. To ANONYM:

    Thank you for stating the fact that anonymous was so nit-picky my opinion is that he /or she is a shallow person that could not see past the spelling to the real gem of the story. I am a bite victim, I was bit by a Dobbie, my all time favorite type of dog that I have had minpins for years do to not being able to travel with large dogs hence the small version. How ever since I was bite by the dog in the upper back of my leg I have not been able to be around large dogs and I live in a town that has many!!!! I will look into finding a way to over come my fear. My daughter sent this article to me in the hope it would help… and it has.

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