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12-05-2007, 09:45 AM
I need to warn all dog owners. If you are using a retractable leash, I would suggest throwing it out immediately! I'm talking about the ones that are made out of nylon and are about 1/4-1/2" wide. There is a warning on the leash about possible injury--"cutting hazard and amputation hazard."

I am sitting here typing this one handed because I was seriously injured by this type of leash yesterday. Sorry to be so grafic, but the top of my hand looked like it had been filleted. The leash sliced open the top of my hand from my ring finger clear over to between my thumb and index finger. It required 19 stitches to close the wound and I was told I will have a nasty scar, but I am very thankful that it wasn't worse--no tendons or ligaments were cut--which was a big concern. Also, I thank God that if this had to happen, I'm so glad it happened to me and not to one of my daughters.

Mary Lou

12-05-2007, 01:16 PM
I'm so sorry to hear about your injury Mary Lou!!! Thanks for the warning, I've often thought of getting one. If they are that dangerous, they shouldn't even be on the market. I've seen many people, children included, using those. The manufacturer should have a recall on those and redesign something safer.


12-05-2007, 04:23 PM
Sending lots of healing vibes to you. I can't even imagine how that feels. I hope they are wrong and that the wound will heal better than expected. How frightening for you and anyone around you when it happened. Thanks for letting us know.

12-05-2007, 05:02 PM
Mary Lou,
Although I don't own a dog, my parents do and I plan on warning them about this as soon as I get off the computer. I'm so sorry that you had to find out first hand (no pun intended) just how dangerous these leashes can be!! Feel better soon!!

Big hugs,

12-05-2007, 06:47 PM
Mary Lou,

I am so sorry you were hurt. I hope you feel better real soon.

12-05-2007, 08:16 PM
Who could imagine something like that happening? The scary thing is someone must have had an amputation to put a warning like that on there.
Take care, I hope you heal soon. Guess you won't have to do dishes for a while.

12-05-2007, 09:21 PM
Thanks for the warning. We have always used the old fashioned leather leash with our golden retriever, Shadow. I have often wondered about getting one of the retractable leashes - they looked like fun for the dog - we definitely won't now. Probably wouldn't have worked too well with a 68 pound dog on the end of it anyway!!

I wonder how many other people this has happened to. Hope you feel better soon.


12-06-2007, 05:56 AM
Thank you for your kind words. I'm not too worried about a scar--maybe it will be a good "show and tell" item since as you can tell already, I'll be warning/showing everyone how dangerous these leashes can be.

It makes me wonder how many other people have been injured. I wish I had taken pictures in the O.R. to send to the manufacturer. I will probably send them pictures with the stitches even though it won't be as affective.

NO WASHING DISHES! :D I hate washing dishes anyhow, but my poor girls. See, I just started washing dishes again recently and now I can't again. I had surgery on my right hand 4 weeks ago and have only had the bandage off of that for 2 weeks! No, I didn't cut my right hand, so my left is totally out of commission and the right hand is only working at about 1/2 capasity.

Again, thank you for your wonderful words of encouragement.

Mary Lou

12-06-2007, 09:45 AM
Yikes, Snoopy ...

I use one of these tape leashes walking my dog, and of course paid no attention to any warnings on the package (who'd a thunk it REQUIRED warnings??).

Thanks for bringing this up, and glad nothing major was damaged!


12-07-2007, 02:21 PM
I'm sorry to hear about your injury:-( I hope you heal fast and well and without much pain!

If you're interested, here's where you would report your injury (if you're so inclined)...


It's the Consumer Product Safety Commission's consumer reporting website. I'd highly recommend reporting your injury if you have the time and inclination. I don't know if CPS tracks and trends product safety for recall recommendations through this site or not, but someone there is looking at it for something...