New family dog bites 20-month-old girl on face, experts give advice to avoid similar accidents


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Submitted: Fri, 05/25/2012 - 3:34am
Updated: Fri, 05/25/2012 - 5:14pm
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A 20-month-old girl is in the hospital after being bitten by a family dog in Wilmington. New Hanover County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer says the girl had surgery for major lacerations to her face.

Wilmington Police Department spokesman Det. Kevin Smith says it happened at 218 Southgate Road.

New Hanover County Animal Control Services has the dog, a boxer, in custody. Brewer says the family adopted the dog earlier this week from an elderly woman, but there was no indication the dog had any history of aggression upon adoption. Brewer says the child’s mother expressed some concerns recently about the dog, though.

Brewer says the dog will be quarantined for ten days. After that point, the owner can claim it. If not, the dog will be euthanized.

WWAY has learned that the mother of the child had called several rescue services Thursday, trying to get the family’s adopted boxer picked up because of aggressive behavior. Though advised to board the dog herself, it was too late. The dog attacked her daughter. Fortunately though, there are precautions you can take to avoid this from happening in your family.

Doctor Meghan Tayloe, a veterinarian at the Highsmith Animal Hospital in Wilmington, says before adopting a dog, there are several things to consider. Researching the dog’s breed, upbringing and personality are all very important. She also suggests bringing in the entire family and other pets to see how the dog interacts with them.

“Even if you need to leave the dog on the leash in the beginning to have some control over it, and I mean a short leash, a six foot leash, not a retractable leash,” Tayloe says.

Once in the home, Diane Gallagher of Dog Train, says establishing control and rewarding good habits is key when the dog is interacting with a child.

“We want to reinforce good responses. Introducing the baby, here’s the baby, here’s a piece of cheese or have a piece of liver treat,” Gallagher says. “So the dog thinks ‘baby cool, I get extra treats for this.'”

Gallagher says it is important to bring the dog into the room the child is in, as apposed to bringing the child into a room the dog is in. This ensures the dog will not feel threatened by the child encroaching on its territory. Doctor Tayloe says you can never be too sure what a dog thinks of a child.

“They’re small like prey can be, unfortunately,” she says. “A lot of times children can be more demonstrative than adults can be. I mean, they certainly put them on edge, I mean they grab them and they want to touch them.”

Gallagher says if you decide on adopting a rescue dog, training is imperative.

“The first thing people need to do when the get a rescue dog is investigate training because you lay out the foundation for how you want to live,” Gallagher says. “That’s how you create a relationship, that’s how you create a language of learning with the dog and without that you got nothing.”

She advises prospective dog owners not to adopt until children are at least five years old.

61 Comments

  • Guest10105 says:

    Diane@dogtrain, your comments regarding this dogs behavior ascribe to a certain set of principles. As a trainer myself, I have run in to a few trainers that follow this philosophy: “there are good dogs and there are bad dogs. Bad dogs cannot be trained.” One trainer I worked with could tell this by just looking at a dog, and seeing if it shifted its gaze when she approached it. If it did not, she deemed it a dog with aggressive traits that was a “problem waiting to happen.” If any of you out there have seen the show “Dog Whisperer” on the National Geographic Channel, you will see how a man who understands dog behavior is able to take a dog with almost any type of problem and reform it. Now, Diane, I will agree that CERTAIN PEOPLE can not handle CERTAIN DOGS. Many people (including celebrities, like Oprah Winfrey, if you ever watched the show) allow their dog to be the alpha. Some dogs are not aggressive to people when they are the alpha, and some can be. As a rule, dogs will do better and behave better when their person is the alpha. There are certain dog breeds that fall in to the submissive state easily, and there are breeds that tend not to be submissive and need continual reinforcement that they are not the alpha. This is easily accomplished with regular training and exercise with the the dogs owner directing and controlling all of the activities. Any dog who perceives himself/herself to be the alpha will act as the pack leader to remain dominant, defend territory, etc. Suggesting that this dog should not be re-homed is suggesting that most dog adopters are incapable of being the alpha. This dog most certainly should be re-homed, probably first in a foster placement with an experienced, alpha trainer. Then the correct home could be located for him/her. The ultimate “tell” or “rub” in this story is not anything with regard to the dogs behavior. He was acting like a dog. It is that the family that adopted the dog saw the dog exhibiting this behavior, but did not see fit to keep their 20 month old child away from it. I am sure these parents feel very badly, and am not writing these comments with the intent to “guilt” them further. They will no doubt have to see the scars left by extremely poor decision-making on their part for a lifetime. But to suggest that this dog should be euthanized is abdicating responsibility for what happened and wrongly assigning blame to the animal.

  • Carrie says:

    Every living thing on this planet that has teeth can bite you. You should always exercise caution when around something with teeth. Regardless of Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus and Species. Anything with teeth can and will if provoked bite.
    My sympathies to the family. As well as the dog.

  • don't judge says:

    Please tell your friend that I feel her pain, my daughter’s nose was partially bitten off by a dog in the neighborhood and she endured many surgeries to reconstruct and now she lives with life long scares on her face. People need to stop passing judgement on this family and understand that this is not the time to place accusations. I hope this little girl is ok, there are wonderful plastic surgeons in Wilmington that can help her. I am reliving the pain we went through by reading this story. My prayers are with your friend and her child.

  • ROXY1 says:

    What I would like to say first and foremost, I hope this child will be OK!! Second and very important, PEOPLE , especially children come first in this life. This is a dog that was raised irresponsibly. It gets put down, end of story.

  • UNBELIEVEABLE says:

    The dog had growled at the children and the parents had been advised by their veterinarian to rehome the dog. Instead they allow the children free access to this poor animal that has no idea how to react to children. I am appauled and dumbfounded how parents could put their children and this poor animal in harms way, unbelieveable and so tragic for all involved.

  • Guest10105 says:

    This family CLEARLY was not suitable adopting this adult dog. ANY DOG would exhibit this behavior if it was taken out of its home and placed in a new one, especially with a child if it had never been around small children before. I agree with everyone who has said that a new dog needs to be watched very closely and acclimated to a new family, especially children. I adopted an adult dog (3 years old) and had a 3 year old child. In the first 3 weeks we had him, my son went over to him and got close to his face. Children will stare when fascinated, which my son was. Dogs stare when threatened or dominating. My dog snapped at my son, caught him on the head (fortunately not the face), and we ended up with some stitches. Whose fault was it? MINE!! I had been careful about keeping my kids away from the dog while he acclimated and I trained him. But ONE time is enough not being careful, and the unfortunate happened. I corrected him immediately. I worked on getting both my son and the dog used to each other afterward, and carefully teaching my son how to act around a dog. Staring, climbing on a dogs back, or otherwise pinning the dog are acts of dominance, and the dog will work to stop it. Fast forward one year later, I have a dog that looks like he was made for children. My son adores him, and my dogs “rank” as submissive in the house is well established, everyone happy, including the dog. There are no bad dog breeds – dogs are trained to be aggressive by bad owners. Someone get this dog up with a boxer rescue. This is so atypical for a boxer, and this dog deserves a home that knows how to handle him.

  • Mws2012 says:

    Please don’t judge if you don’t know the details. The mom is one of my best friends. Details of this story are missing and some are wrong. I hate the way we all jump to judge each other. This was a tragic accident. Why would you want to make a family feel worse than they already do? Mean comments don’t help anyone.

  • kittyann says:

    “”The “parents” that you people are all slamming right now are college grad, well educated, church going, extremely nice and smart people.””

    It doesn’t matter that the people were any of the things quoted from the previous writer. They obviously lacked one thing that many do these days: COMMON SENSE!

    You bring a dog home from a totally different environment, to total strangers, different smells etc etc and expect the dog to be calm, cool, and OK? Really? The dog was nervous and scared, he didn’t know what had happened, why had he been taken from his prior home? He was confused and reacted in the only way a dog knows how to do, he bit.

    Now it’s the dog’s fault. No, it was the people’s fault for not isolating the dog from the child with a GATE for a couple of weeks till the dog could acclimate to the new surroundings and people.

    It is never the animals fault in these tragic situations. I feel for the child who will have scars emotionally and physically for the rest of her life because her parents lacked common sense on how to deal with a new dog in the family.

    I hope someone claims that poor dog after the 10 days is up or else it will be put down through no fault of it’s own.

  • TARAhan says:

    this is a sad view of what happened when rescues believe that every dog can be saved.. NO they cant. and the age of the child make no difference
    . it is the dog. if you want to know about your dag than go to a breeder. NOT A RESCUS!

  • don't judge says:

    Please tell your friend that I feel her pain, my daughter’s nose was partially bitten off by a dog in the neighborhood and she endured many surgeries to reconstruct and now she lives with life long scares on her face. People need to stop passing judgement on this family and understand that this is not the time to place accusations. I hope this little girl is ok, there are wonderful plastic surgeons in Wilmington that can help her. I am reliving the pain we went through by reading this story. My prayers are with your friend and her child.

  • R-E-S-P-E-C-T says:

    Please, PLEASE have respect for this family going through this traumatic time. Please read the WHOLE story, take in the facts, and THINK before you comment. Or, preferably, don’t comment at all. Thanks.

  • Guest2020 says:

    …but the adult in the home is responsible for this happening. A child is the most precious gift you have and your child should come before all else. That child should have been monitored at all times with a dog around. The only way something like this can happen is if someone fell asleep on the job and did not watch that child properly and take all necessary precautions to keep the dog away from the child.

  • Dog-KaKa says:

    People need to pick up after their dogs, that is what I am more concerned about, so nasty!

  • Guest10105 says:

    I believe that ONLY the owners can claim the dog after the 10 day hold. The quarantining agency typically will not put the dog up for adoption due to the biting incident and the liability the agency would assume. Sometimes they will allow a rescue to adopt the dog. Can anyone clarify what the policy is in this particular case?

  • K says:

    Pray for a recovery for the child and the dog. Pray for the parents that the ignorance they suffer will be replaced by education

  • Veteran Animal Control Officer says:

    I have been an Animal Control Officer for many years and you can never predict these situations. Yes there are precautions that should be taken but it is hard to see what is coming. People think they are doing the right thing by taking in an animal that is unfamiliar. They do not realize that just as people do anxiety causing strange behavior. Poor child and poor dog.

  • Guest Star says:

    Here’s some really GREAT tips for kids in how they should and shouldn’t interact with dogs. The way the veterinarian who made these illustrates them and compares the actions to how we interact with people, it just makes sense.

    http://www.tjofoundation.org/files/how_kids_should_not_interact_with_dogs.pdf
    http://www.tjofoundation.org/files/how_kids_should_interact_with_dogs.pdf
    http://www.tjofoundation.org/files/body_language_of_fear_in_dogs.pdf

  • diane@dogtrain says:

    This is a hugely emotional issue and people need to step back a bit, maybe wait for more *facts* to present themselves. Imo, this is a pretty severe incident. Severe enough I doubt it is a surprise to the last owner of the dog, and therein lies the rub.

    Should the parents have allowed unfettered access to their child with a dog they did not know? Obviously not.

    BUT! And this is a really big *but* — this behavior choice didn’t come out of nowhere. This, ime, would represent a pretty bold opening gambit. So most likely it is not. The people who brought this dog home had NO idea what this animal was capable of. I suspect the person who gave them this dog DID. A dog who makes this kind of decision

    ***based on the information we currently possess ***

    should not be rehomed.

    I have precious little patience for dogs who exhibit this sort of behavior when there are dogs PUT TO SLEEP (aka: euthanized/killed) every day who just ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time. Dogs did NOT usta be wired like this, this “multiple bites to skull and face” on an INFANT.

    People are notorious for skimping just a wee bit on the details of exackly why they want to rehome a particular dog. I have one of those *particular* dogs rmyself, but my husband and I are fully prepared to deal with her AND we have no minor children in our home.

    This should NOT have happened.

  • Ruby says:

    Yes it is true – this behavior is not typical for a well socialize boxer. I don’t see anyone blaming the breed on here. NOT all dogs are good. It is not 100% nature or nurture it is a combination of both. THEY do not have to be taught to be aggressive, not socializing or training can & often will develop into the same problems.

  • Ruby says:

    If aggressive dogs are allowed to be claimed by rescues then they should be TOTALLY liable for any actions that result for pulling dogs KNOWN to have aggressive issues. There were TWO children bitten the other day. A “rescue” group pulled a dog KNOWN by all that interacted with him that he was aggressive. He was put into an adoptive home 2 days later… after being transported and passed from here to there for 2 days… OH BUT he spent 4 hours with the groups trainer!!
    He then bit both an 11 & 14 year old.

    Sometimes it works. Many times it does not. EVEN if aggressive dogs are adopted out to childless families – what happens when, or if that status changes??? I see dogs on “rescue me” and other sites ALLLLL the time – that are being rehomed BECAUSE the dog is an issue with the children… or the new baby. THAT behavior is NOT gonna improve in a new home! THAT owner is merely passing a problem THEY DONT want to deal with, or one they don’t know how to deal with. The better “rescues” take theirs back. REAL Breeders take theirs back for any reason or no reason. I wont rehome any K9 that doesn’t like children NOT worth the risk in any way, shape, or form!

    If your priority is NOT the human family that is receiving the dog then maybe you should rethink WHY you are involved in the dogworld.
    I put happy, healthy pups with the best families I can find to share the joy that they bring with yet another family. No we can never be 100% sure that it will all work, but we can stack the deck to work, or stack it to fail…
    Some dogs have just experienced to much. Some have never been socialized, so they haven’t experienced enough. Those that missed out on early socialization will generally become a problem as they mature. Usually around 1-3 yrs of age. People then try to rehome them, or take them to the pound. (They aren’t gonna say well we bought him when he was 3 weeks old. So they say allergies are the issue, or the landlord, or whatever other excuse they can think of. PUPS MUST be reared by their dam, or other K9s in the event that mama has died. That really isn’t an option. MAMA is not just a milk machine – they teach their pups sooooooo many things!) Then on top of the issues they are already showing MORE problems are added. There are exceptions to all rules, but it is going to be rare to find a pound dog that is rock solid.

    Terrible is the long road that the children that get bit must travel. HOW many of them (& the family) then develop a horrible lifetime fear of dogs?

  • Ruby says:

    They adopted this K9 from an older or elder woman to live with a small child – a toddler. Had this dog been exposed to small children before?
    This is tragic & far too common. It really has lil to do with age of the child. Two children were just bitten a few days ago they were 11 & 14!!
    PLEASE stop thinking that JUST because you fall totally in love with or feel tons of pity for a K9 they are gonna feel the same about you… The CHILDREN & K9s are paying dearly for the lack of judgement. STOP PLAYING guessing games with temperments of these animals that will most likely sleeping with your children. We have a responsibility to young defenseless human beings as well as the K9s we bring into our homes. We have to teach children how to properly interact with K9s, WHILE keeping in mind that a toddler is IN NO WAY able to defend themselves against any K9… The toddler does NOT have the coordination, or knowledge.
    I can show you several generations of temperament and personality that goes into making our K9 babies! NONE of them have bite histories. I HOPE this child is able to fully recover, both physically & emotionally.

  • 2 cents says:

    I have been reading these comments and am a little shocked at the number of people slamming the parents for this. Its easy to throw out an opinion via the internet…there is no one to face.

    I agree the dog should have been nowhere near the child…and there is a lot of things that should not have happened here, but I am sure the parents are asking themselves all these questions today.

    What if I…

    It’s heartbreaking to think of what they may be going through and the guilt they must feel. I would anyway. Hindsight is almost always 20/20.

    There is a lesson to be learned here…it was a very hard lesson for these parents…one that I cannot imagine.

    Awareness is needed for these types of animals and what to do when faced with a violent dog. They are animals and animals are not predictable no matter how they were raised. I have 2, both sweet as can be but I am not lulled into thinking they are incapable of biting. Pointing fingers right now doesn’t help anyone…including the little girl. But getting out the information of what to do when faced with this may help someone else who doesn’t know.

  • Guest Tina says:

    I work with dogs everyday, and personally I would never again take in an adult dog, especially with a baby in the house. Boxers have a high prey drive, if they are not used to small kids, obviously this type of thing could happen. You just don’t know the history on and adult dog you take in. I actually took in an adult boxer when I was younger, it somehow made its way out of the crate, while i was gone and almost killed my other dog. I found him hiding under the box springs of my mattress with teeth marks to the face. Luckily my other dog ended up ok, but use your common sense, if you have kids your better off taking in a pup you can raise up with your kids, from good lines, good temperments, and you better darn well teach your children how to respect animals from day one.

  • Message from mother left on voicemail says:

    The mother called several rescue groups for help rehoming this dog. She stated that the owner was an elderly woman that was in the ICU in Raleigh. How these folks found out about this dog is ?? unless they were friends with family member. Guessing this dog had never been in a position to interact with children. Mother stated that she got the dog last eve, Wed and dog was growling at children. Took dog to vet on Thursday am for vaccinations and the vet advised rehoming the dog. Why the family ever brought up the term “adopted” is very odd, since from private person. Fact that instead of leaving dog at vet or boarding dog since vet advised not to have around children, this family brought the dog home to be loose in house with their minor children. Mother very disconcerted that no rescue stepped up to take the dog. My guess is they weren’t going to put anymore money into the dog, ie to board it, since now, instead of a “free” boxer, they had a dog with issues. Parents never called AC to pick up dog, yet expected that a rescue group would take on the responsibility. Also family had a boxer in the past of course, they had all the answers. Have probably never used a professional trainer because they have all the answers.

  • The Aunt says:

    I agree that “slamming the parents” isn’t right. The mother happens to be my niece. The baby in question is my great niece. No one knows except the people involved exactly what happened. I do know that my niece took precautions and was doing the right thing for her family by expressing concerns to her vet and having the proper tests performed on the dog. When she found out the dog wasn’t a good fit for her family she continued doing the right thing by the dog. She was finding a suitable home for the dog. The dog had a certain way of life for 6 yrs. My niece thought she could give a good home for an animal but it ended not being a good fit. The baby suffered consequences and the dog is too. Why throw nasty comments out there about people you don’t know? 2 cents you are right in saying these parents have learned a hard lesson and I appreciate you standing up for this loving family. I wish I could take their pain and of course my sweet little nieces pain. No one should go through something like this. No animal should suffer either. Everyone needs to leave this family alone and let them heal! I love you guys. Please give that little angel a kiss from me.

  • jo88 says:

    Til you know this family and there background mind your own business ,both parents are absoluelty wonderful and are suitable for a dog and 2 kids, they dont need some scumbag on here running there mouth about something thats not there business so do us all a favor and get a life :)

  • dixie2003 says:

    a boxer bit a child that is very unusual. Hope that the child is ok and that the dog is further evaluated before they just decide to kill it !!!!

  • Guest327 says:

    Not many facts here. WHY did the dog bite the child? Was the dog aggressive or defending himself? How old was the child? Was the child tormenting the dog? Were the parent(s) present? Inquiring minds want to know!

  • Dog Whisperer says:

    A dog that has only been in your possession one day has not bonded with family members. Folks should warn children to use caution around a new animal until they get to know each other (no matter how counter-inuitive this may seem to a child).

    It is likely that the child got down in the dog’s face and hugged it or something along those lines (which can be perceived as a challenge by a dog). I too hope this animal would not be euthanized…closer supervision by the parent and setting some boundaries for the child would have prevented this.

    By closer supervision, I don’t mean was the parent in the room…I mean a warning to the child not to get right in the dog’s face.

    I would not say this is extremely unusual for that breed, but it probably would not have happened if it weren’t for something I described.

    I hope the family understands this, and gets some education on the subject before making a decision about the animal’s disposition.

    Now, if it were a pit bull…nighty night.

  • Deanna01 says:

    Seriously?!?! You just showed your ignorance. There are no bad breeds. Saying there is is like saying there’s a bad race or gender. There isn’t.

  • Guest333999333 says:

    nighty night?
    Ignoramus…..pit bulls are loving and loyal.
    Get a life and don’t believe the hype!

  • showglo says:

    It must have been a full grown dog, we took in a full grown lab once and it growled and showed teeth for the first week until it got relaxed and use to the new family.He was just scared and confused. After that week he was perfect. For the first week I would not allow my child to do much with the dog other than pet it as I was scared of what the dog may do. A full grown dog is different than a puppy when going to a new house, it takes more time for them to adjust. I sure hope the little child will not have a fear of dogs and will be okay.

  • Das Weibstück says:

    We adopted a 7 pound mix 3 months ago. We have a 5 year old grandchild who is at our house almost daily. I still watch their interactions carefully. The dog is very submissive and loves everyone but you never know with a strange animal.

  • Guest9743 says:

    The answer to your first question can probably be found in questions four and five which is more than likely “yes and then no.”

  • nchilltopper says:

    What sensible parent would bring a strange dog into their home and give a child full access without knowing the dog? The parents are the guilty ones here……yet the dog will be likely punished by death. Some people shouldn’t have children or dogs!

  • L says:

    Wow i did not realize you were there when this unfortunate incident happened. Maybe you should know the facts before making harsh judgments on a family. Many facts in this story are false and this child did not have full access to the dog…where did you find that information? Instead of criticizing and judging another maybe you should learn the truth. This is a sad horrible situation and people like you only fuel the fire and make it worse.

  • JO says:

    GET OFF HERE if you dont have anything nice to freakin say!!!! This are WONDERFUL parents who bend over backwards for there kids, its a tragic time right now and you smart ass no good comments are not needed sweetie. To maybe you should be tending your dogs/kids whatever u have instead of running your mouth about my family thanks :)

  • Guest 2012 says:

    My cat scratched my arm this morning!! Whom do I call for head lines??

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    Well when you get bit in the face and it requires surgery give WWAY a call. Until then go stand on the corner and wait on that little short bus that picks you up.

  • Guest101010 says:

    This was a 20 month old baby who had to undergo surgery on her face. You should know the facts before making smarta@@ remarks.

  • Citizen of the Republic says:

    Your post has to be the most asinine thing I’ve ever read, period.

    On any website,
    in any paper,
    or any magazine.

    Thank you for re-affirming everyone’s faith in humanity.

  • Meghan says:

    People really need to use their brains. The dog lived with an elderly woman. It was OBVIOUSLY not used to kids. Kids can be clingy and overwhelming to an animal. You don’t put the child in a compromising position in the first week. But watch them kill the dog anyways.

  • Dog Whisperer says:

    Yeah Deanna…that ignorance cost someone I know a lot of money in reconstructive surgery and a trip to the emergency room. This person was standing on a sidewalk talking to the owner from a distance of 15′, when the dog charged.

    There are bad breeds because those desired qualities were bred into the dog (in this case, fighting and jaw strength) for a specific purpose. Why do you think the dog is called a “pit bull?”

    This particular dog was undergoing rehabilative therapy…and after biting someone I know, the owner took it to a trained, licensed person who was used to handling these dogs. It tried to bite her. It went night night after that.

    Everyday there are similar headlines. That breed doesn’t get a pass because of a few fans who have tightly controlled their animal.

  • Guest847 says:

    You’re absolutely right….every dog is prone to bite, especially when feeling threatened. Shame on these parents for allowing this to happen. Bless this poor child.

  • Guest CommonTater says:

    Just wrong…..

  • boxerchick123 says:

    Actually, boxers and pits are not closely related at all. Boxers are in the working class group, pits are in the terriers. They don’t have many common ancestors in the breeds at all (boxers were actually genetically formed somewhat recently, usually considered in the 30’s in Germany). They’re mostly a mix of an english bulldog, low to the ground type dog, and molosser/mastiff type breed. And boxers consisentently rank on all top lists for family pets. Obviously, there’s a lot we don’t know here, but saying boxers and pits are cousins is like saying chinese and canadaians are. (for the record, I have nothing against pits, I’m just a life long boxer owner). And as far as rescue, unfortunately, I don’t know if he will be helped or not. There are hundreds of dogs every day put down that have never shown any aggression at all, although I belive that this particular dog was put in a situation where he was set up to fail, it would still be difficult to place because any reputable rescue would have to disclose what happened, and why take the chance when there are so many other animals that need help in rescue? I feel for every one involved, the only good I hope comes out of this is maybe educating someone else. This is the kind of story that will haunt you and stay with you, and that will hopefully lead to a better understanding of introducing dogs and children, especially older dogs.

  • Guest Who says:

    Pit bulls were bred originally to fight dogs. NOT humans. In fact they were very VERY specifically bred to be human friendly to a fault. Otherwise they couldn’t be handled when in a fight, and they needed to be handled. There are many forms of aggression, and one does NOT mean they automatically have others. I have a lab who is very prey driven, yet fine with people and dogs. Well… all humans except strange men in our house. I have an American Bulldog who is frequently confused to be a pit bull and who gets along with everyone and everything. He loves dogs, and especially loves children.

    All sporting dogs have some degree of aggression, depending on what they were bred for. The reality is that pit bulls, and many common dogs really, are being bred badly and some are born “wired” wrong. This is true of ANY type of dog. Heck, I know of a family that was terrified of a beagle they had adopted and had to make the hard decision to put it down. You shouldn’t judge an entire class of dogs based solely on a relatively few incidents. Nor should they be judged on appearances alone. lot of dogs referred to as put bulls aren’t even pit bulls in the first place. Pit bulls and similar dogs are probably the single most common type of dog. If they are so inherently vicious, then WHY aren’t there FAR more injuries and fatalities than there are now?

    You should read up on Lilly, the pit bull that recently suffered a severe injury while dragging her unconscious owner out of the path of a freight train. THAT dog exhibited the intelligence and human devotion that pit bulls were bred for and valued for. Note that she saved her owner, and never bit her, the woman’s son, the rescuers, the vet or their staff… no one.

  • Inda windigoes says:

    All you have to do is Google the statistics to see which are the violence prone breeds. Pit bulls lead the pack, boxer is their first cousin. It should be against the law for anyone to own one of these breeds without a license. It should be against the law for a felon to own such a breed. When I was in the fifth grade a doberman mauled on of my best friends, that was 56 years ago—I still think about it often.

  • JezebelJean says:

    I completely agree with you, Dog Whisperer. Pit bulls require their own shrinks to keep them anywhere close to gentle family pets. With so many wonderful, gentle-by-nature animals needing homes, why insist on rehabilitating natural-born killers?

  • Deanna01 says:

    You know of ONE dog and ONE person. There are more bites every year from cocker spaniels than ANY OTHER BREED (according to my vet). There are only bad owners, never bad breeds. Any dog could have reacted the same way given the same circumstances. Bad training, bad treatment, etc. Don’t blame the breed for the owners stupidity. There is bad in every breed of animal and every race or gender of humans.

  • Guest2586 says:

    You are so correct. Humans are the ones to blame. Dogs or any animal that we have as pets are only going to do has they have learned. This dog was with an elder person, why on earth would a family allow it to be along with a child is beyond me. Humans are more to blame for bad dogs (or cats or whatever) than the animals are. You have to train an animal just like you do a child. You don’t train your child and don’t train your animal you are asking for trouble.

  • Someone says:

    PLEASE READ THIS:
    And take this comment from someone who actually knows the situation, the family and a little background on the dog. The “parents” that you people are all slamming right now are college grad, well educated, church going, extremely nice and smart people. The puppy (1 yr old) was adopted late Wed. Yes, as the article said, the mother had concerns about it and was trying to give it back when the dog attacked.
    Maybe she should have locked the dog up, but as a dog owner for 30 years, you build a trust for animals and you never think that it can happen to you.

    Please lay off the horrible comments about the parents. They are very good people and the focus should be on the little girl who is in surgery right now.

  • nchilltopper says:

    “WWAY has learned that the mother of the child had called several rescue services Thursday, trying to get the family’s adopted boxer picked up because of aggressive behavior.”

    This solidifies what I said earlier, the parents are GUILTY, not the dog! If these wonderfully educated, loving parents knew the dog was showing agression, why the heck was the child allowed to have ANY interaction with this animal? Not all animals are OK with kids pulling their tails and ears……

  • Das Weibstück says:

    “college grad, well educated, church going, extremely nice and smart people.”

    The education and religion of the parents has nothing to do with the dog….. I hope the little child is ok.

  • me too says:

    I agree with you …….some of this people have no home training….IF YOU DONT HAVE ANYTHING GOOD TO SAY DONT SAY ANYTHING. I hope the baby be okay !!!

  • And....? says:

    “are college grad, well educated, church going, extremely nice and smart people”

    what does this have to do with anything? weak attempt at defending the parents. it’s the parents fault, plan and simple. not the dogs, not the childs. The PARENTS.

  • Guest1946 says:

    College, religion, being nice and such does not replace common sense. At the first sign of aggression from the dog, it should have been isolated especially from the child…….period. It should have been taken to a shelter immediately. Hopefully, the dog will be adopted if this is possible, and placed in an adult only setting. Nothing has been mentioned as to whether or not the child was pestering the animal, but I would not rule this out.

  • Guesttenheimer says:

    …you DO NOT build trust in a dog you’ve only had for one day AND which immediatey displays an aggressive behavior! The child and the dog should have been completely isolated. This isn’t rocket science.

    “…these parents are college grad, well educated, church going, extremely nice and smart people.” Those are all nice things to say and likely true, but they definitely lost the sense of “good judgement” (you left that one out) concerning the well-being of their child. The flags appear as obvious.

  • Lynn Farnham says:

    We own a pit-bull who is the sweetest dog ever! ” We have 6 grandchildren with the youngest only 10 months old. This dog loves everyone and doesn’t know a stranger!! Please!! The person making the comment about pit-bulls needs to get educated about the breed. “It’s the owner and NOT the dog!!

  • Guest CommonTater says:

    should be outlawed… period… end of story. The “hype” here is from a few owners that do indeed know how to handle their dog but on the whole the Pit is a dangerous breed if not handled correctly. There are more than enough facts to support this so bury your heads in the sand if you want but that doesn’t change the facts.

  • Joanna says:

    This is my brother you are talking about, FYI they are amazing parents and both RN’s this is not the parents fault!!! If you dont have anything nice to say stay out of this and mind your own business worry about your own kids. Thanks

    God Bless you!

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