(Closed) Question after a dog attacks

posted 4 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Holy CRAP!  I don’t know what will happen, but that must have been absolutely terrifying!  Is your child okay?  That poor thing!

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@figgnewton:  It depends on your state law, which you should be able to look up.  But the bite aside, most dogs that end up in animal control are put down, you can also search your countie’s record with euthanizing animals.

 

I hope your daughter is ok!!  You never REALLY know a dog’s history when getting it from another person — why were they getting rid of it?

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

There are so many unknowns – was the dog hurting/not feeling well, how did your daughter approach the dog, did she stick her fingers anywhere (eyes, nose, mouth), did she try to hug the dog (hugging is a sign of dominance to other dogs in the canine world).

 

They probably could have tried rehoming the puppy through a rescue group and the group could place the dog in a childfree home.  Or work with a behaviorist to get to the root of the issue.  I don’t think it is unfixable.  Now its future is uncertain.

 

I hope your ILs follow up on the puppy’s future – I mean it was their dog, they can find out!  AC is generally not known for finding happy forever homes.

 

I hope your daughter is ok! 

 

PS It would be good to teach your daughter not hug dogs even if it’s your own family pet.  In the canine world, hugging is a sign of dominance and can lead to outcomes such as this.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I was bit by a German Shepherd when I was a child. I don’t know what happened to the dog. It was my babysitter’s boyfriend’s dog from what I remember (I was about 4 when it happened). I do know that in Florida we just recently had a case about whether or not a dog should be put down after biting a child and he ended up getting to go back home with his family, but I don’t know the circumstances of his case. I think his name was Rufus if you want to look it up.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Did they officially surrender the dog to animal control/shelter? Where I live, if they didn’t officially surrender the dog, then they have a certain amount of time to claim or surrender the dog.

Either way, the dog will be under quarantine for a certain amount of time to watch for rabies symptoms. This can be done under the supervision of animal control or at the owner’s house.

If they did surrender the dog, then it belongs to animal control/shelter (depending on how it is organized) and they will likely put it down (although nothing is definite) after quarantine.

If they did not/choose not to surrender the dog, they will have to go to court to determine if the dog is a “dangerous dog” (terminology may vary). If it is determined to be dangerous, they can either have it put down or they will have to adhere to strict rules that usually include specific fences, muzzling, & fees.

 

(This is all based on the the rules here, so it may be significantly different where you are.)

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@figgnewton:  I’m glad she bounced back.  So glad it wasn’t worse than what it was.  THat’s just scary.

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@figgnewton:  I believe strongly that dogs can be trained. I hate when they are put down for “aggression” issues because a lot of factors can contribute to behaviour that is aggressive. Absolutely what happened is not acceptable, but you mentioned they only had the dog for a week. He was adjusting to his new space, and maybe it was a bit soon to be introducing new people to him. I am not sure if you know how he was treated in his previous home or why he was given up. Either way, I’m sure that was terrifying for you, but I do hope that someone rescues the dog too :-

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

it could also be from him adjusting to his new surroundings. if your parents only had him for a week, he’s probably still freaked out about the changes to his living situation. add a child into the mix and maybe he just snapped. i’m glad your daughter is ok!

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@figgnewton:  If no one saw the interaction and she’s prone to hugging her own dog, maybe that is what happened.  At least it’s a possiblity.

 

I could hug my dog sun up to sun down, but if a little child tried to do the same (someone she does not view as her alpha) I doubt she would let them!

 

Here are some good aritcles on kids and dogs.  Some may be surprised to hear that Tug of War is not a good game for kids to play with dogs.  Good info!

 

http://www.paw-rescue.org/PAW/PETTIPS/DogTip_SafeKidsSafeDogs_1.php

http://www.paw-rescue.org/PAW/PETTIPS/DogTip_SafeKidsSafeDogs.php

http://www.paw-rescue.org/PAW/PETTIPS/DogTip_LivingWithKidsAndDogs.php  (Hugging is a sign of human affection, but it makes canines feel trapped.)

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