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Don't Assume They're Bad Parents...

"When she came out, or when she heard the baby crying, and came out the door, the dogs had the baby," Pate said.

She says the two dogs she saw the most were a pit bull and a rottweiler.

Based off of that, she probably came out as soon as she heard the baby. Drugs? That's an extreme jump to conclusions. Sure, it was a bad decision to have the dogs where they can get to the kid, but you know these aren't the only people to have done that. The others just didn't have something this unfortunate happen to them.

Nothing personal about the family is said, to assume they're trash is just flat-out wrong. The dogs probably didn't have a history of aggression. Pitbulls and rottweilers are simply more prone to behave extremely aggressively if somehow provoked, they don't have to be aggressive normally. Even my toy poodles act aggressively if they feel threatened (whether they are or not is a different story), but they would normally never harm anyone.

Who knows, maybe the baby was somewhere she thought was safe--in a crib, on an elevated surface, etc. Maybe other people in the house were supposed to be watching the baby while the mother was busy and couldn't herself, but didn't.

Either way, if you really think about it, I'm sure her mistake wasn't all that bad, and I'm sure everyone involved--especially the mother--is devastated. I think pressing charges is the wrong thing to do. Yes, this is an incredibly tragic event, and yes, a bad decision was made. But I'm sure no one would have ever dreamed that the dogs would do this, and if they had any clue they would have done differently. As I said, they probably thought the baby was safe and/or the dogs couldn't get to the child.


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