Post # 1
There have been a few threads that have discussed how far people would go for their pets and where they draw the line. I came across a story about people who are trying to save a dog who killed a 1 yr old boy. The former owners (the parents of the boy) willingly gave him to animal control and it was decided that he would be put to sleep. I cannot wrap my mind around why keeping this animal alive is worth this kind of effort. I am not one to be in support of killing an innocent animal. This one is not innocent though. That baby was innocent. Im sure this is going to be a touchy subject but I would ask that no matter what your feelings are that we all try and remain respectful of the different view points that come up. I have not seen any updates yet so Im not sure what the outcome of this story is going to be but it says in the article its possible he will be put down today or tomorrow. I would be so incredibly hurt to see people trying to save an animal that killed my child…. I guess im trying to understand the other side of this…im not sure if I even can understand it but its baffling to me and really made my heart hurt to read this
Here is the article : http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-chicago-man-leads-push-to-save-dog-that-killed-child-in-nevada-20120505,0,3026660.story
Post # 3
As a parent, I agree that the animal should be put to death, because that’s what I would want. I’m sure the parents/former owners of the dog wish they’d gone ahead and taken the matter into their own hands and had done it themselves. It seems disrespectful of the grief of the parents to fight for the life of the dog who took their child’s life, regardless of whether the dog will ever kill again or not. Such a sad story all the way around.
Post # 4
I’m a huge animal lover and I hate to hear about pets being euthanized but it seems like that’s really the only option here. The dog snapped and killed a kid who he was more than familiar with. I’m not sure how anyone can argue that the dog will never harm another soul again. I imagine he would have some kind of human contact where he gets sent so their argument is useless.
Post # 5
Well, its misleading to say that the dog is not innocent, or that the dog attacked the child, or that the child is innocent.
The dog was being a dog. And the baby was being a baby.
This is really the parents responsibility for not supervising the child around the dog. They admit that the baby grabbed the dog to pull himself up. That HURTS- and the dog reacted like any animal would when startled and in pain. Unforunately, the shape of some dogs jaws make this sort of thing more lethal than others…its not neccesarily because the dog is bad.
Its a tragedy, for sure. But that doesn’t mean this dog isnt, and wouldnt continue to be, a perfectly safe and wonderful animal in the right environment (ie given to a family without young children)
However, the owners should get to make the decision, and it looks like they’ve made up their minds.
Post # 6
What a terrible tragedy! I certainly understand the parents’ point of view, and I’m sure i would feel the same way. I guess I can sort of see the point of view of the other side, but only in that the dog has no prior history of aggression and they have found a place that is willing to accept the dog where it sounds like he wouldn’t have an opportunity to hurt another child.
All I can think about is how much of a it is for the parents. Not only has their child been killed, but a dog that they’ve had since it was a puppy, that they brought in to the home, loved, and trusted around their LO was the one that did it. I cannot even imagine how they are feeling right now.
Post # 7
In a case like this I do think the dog should be euthanized. My husband wants a dog very badly for when we have children and this story really scares me actually. The dog was familiar with the child and was living a domesticated family life and he viciously snapped. What a sad, sad tragedy.
Post # 8
@mandypop: You said everything I was thinking and expressed it perfectly. I couldn’t get it to sound right at all.
Post # 9
wow… that sucks… but i think it was an accident, maybe the dog got scared because if the grandmother?
I couldnt put to sleep my dog if she did that… knowing that she hasnt been agressive ever…
But then again, i’m not a mother and never will be, so i can’t really relate to this.
Post # 10
Yeah um, honestly I read a story about 2 dogs in England that killed a 4 month old baby a few years ago. The dogs were put down, people got so upset about the dogs it made me wonder if anyone cared about the fact that a little baby was dead.
Animals who kill humans I believe need to be put down. I’m sorry but that’s just how I feel. Yes they are just being animals, and yes it’s sad. But it’s not as sad as an infant being mauled to death.
If any dog went after my child, I’d kill it myself.
Post # 11
I know a man who took a shotgun to his dog after it mauled his 16 yo daughter. She needed plastic surgery after it. I can say if it were my child I would feel the same way.
Post # 12
@mandypop: omg, this! i mean, specially if the dog is big enough to grab it and shake it with it’s mouth… i think if the dog’s gonna be put to sleep, the parents should get jailtime for not taking care of their baby.
Post # 13
I think post-bite euthanasia should be on a case-by-case basis. In this case, since the owners have requested the dog be put down, I can see where that would be the best resolution. On the other hand, I don’t see how killing the dog will help them in any way, it isn’t going to bring back their child. So now, the family lost not only their baby, but their once beloved pet as well. This entire situation is just tragic.
Other situations, though, where people leave a small child unattended with a dog they don’t know- well, that is just not a smart move and is in no way the dog’s fault. In those instances, I don’t see euthanasia as the only option.
In any case, dogs who have shown aggressive tendancies (not the dog in the story- they had him since a puppy and he was never previously aggressive) but in general dogs with a bite history CAN be placed in homes where the owners are aware and willing to work with trainers and behaviorists. In those cases, the pet should only be adopted into homes where there are no children.
Post # 14
The family says they’ve owned the dog since it was a puppy and it had never showed signs of aggression until it snapped like this? I’m not ready to blindly accept that. Normally, dogs give a lot of warnings before they lash out like this and I find it hard to believe that one day this dog just flipped a switch and killed a child with no provocation.
I think the rescue should focus its time and money elsewhere– speaking as someone who loves dogs and has worked in rescue for years. If this dog did just suddenly shift, the only explanation I can think of would be some sort of medical problem? A life without real human contact out on a ranch somewhere isn’t a better solution than euthanasia. (That said, I think rehabilitation and a smart owner would be fine with this dog.)
I think if you’re both a parent and a dog-owner you have a real responsibility to know your dog’s comfort level. If the dog is uncomfortable or nervous around a toddler, keep them separate. I’ve seen dogs growl and shy from babies– that’s the warning sign, now we know not to let the baby on the ground when the dog is in the room. I just don’t see how this could have went from docile dog who lets the baby climb on him to grabbing and shaking a child.
Post # 15
@mandypop: I can see where you’re coming from. If the dog really was dangerous, they’d know about it. It seems like a freak accident that ended horribly. Unfortunately, animals are highly unpredictable and there’s really no way to prove that he won’t harm again.
Post # 16
@KatyElle: If any dog went after my child, I’d kill it myself.
I don’t even have kids yet, but that.