Post # 1
I just want to know I made theright decision? I had my dog fr two years he was half Lab and half pit bull. When he was aattacking notice I could not have company over. If my dog saw anyone for the first time he would show aggression towards them. So I just knew I cold not have no one over other than family members . However my youngest child would bring herneighbors friends over and one time my dog was out of his kennel and he attack her ,she was bitten on her fingers and had scratches. I felt awful for weeks ..so moving forward Imade it clear that no one is allowed in our home unless he was in the back and secured And or in his kennel.which we used only wheleave left him alone. Second time he showed aggression was with my stepson he was trying to get abchapstck away from our dog and our dog bit him on his arm. Third time was our next neighbor child was bitten on the arm. After again my youngest child accidentally left the front door open. This time around he bit him so hard that it torn a good amount of skin off. I felt and still to this day feel so awful. Just last week was it. He snipped at my oldestdaughter because she was trying to move him out of theway from the kitchen trash. He snipped at her hip and bit her finger. Was a lil scratch. But honestlywhen was it going to be enough. I know after our neighbor I should have taken action to have him put down. But I didn’t till now six months latter. So I sat our children down ,explained to them why our dog has to go to doggy haven. Today we find ourselves grieving and miss him so much. Other than these terrible things happen,he was a playful and protector and loving dog to us. I probably answered my own question . But I just want reassurance . I know I made thenest decsion for me and the kids and everyone else. God Bless and any input would be greatly appreciated.
Post # 3
@Jamesveronica7275: Honestly, you did the most responsible thing you could do. A dog showing aggression towards children simply cannot be tolerated. It sounds like you took measures to try to keep the dog as well as keep everyone safe, but ultimately the dogs aggression was too much. You did the right thing.
Post # 4
Im suprised your dog wasnt taken away and put down by the police. You really did the right thing.
Post # 5
You did the right thing, as hard as it was.
Post # 6
I think you did the right thing. I know it’s hard but it sounds like his aggrestion would just esculate. So sorry for you and your childrens loss.
Post # 7
I think you made the right decision and that you were lucky further damage wasn’t done to any children. I’m not being snarky. I have been in your shoes and I put my dog down the first time it happened.
Post # 8
While I am sure that was a very difficult choice to make, it was the right choice. You should consider yourself lucky that you have not been sued.
I am very sorry for your loss.
Post # 9
I’m so sorry for you loss, however I believe you made the right decision.
Post # 10
I can only imagine what a difficult decision this was for you. My heart hurts for you. But the PPs are right. You did the right thing, and you are very lucky more damage wasn’t done. Aside from complaining to the police and having the dog put down, your neighbors could have sued you. And they would have won. Injury from aggressive dogs like this is generally a strict liability–there is no defense you could make legally. While it is very sad that you had to make this decision, the emotional and legal consequences of a severe attack on a child would have been unbearable.