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I think the main issue here is that the parents/guardians were negligent. The issue is not that the dog mauled the child, as it was purely reactionary. Our main effort should be towards putting responsibility and liability in the hands of the legal/current guardian... not the dog. A dog is a deadly animal. Doesn't matter what breed, or the supposed temperament of the animal... a dog can kill a person. That is a massive responsibility, that our society under-appreciates terribly.
If a child drank paint thinner off the counter, is the issue that paint thinner is dangerous or is the issue that a guardian didn't prevent it? The paint thinner was purchased and transported by an adult, and was put there by an adult, and then left with the child. Accident or not, it is negligence. I argue that it is exactly the same with a dog. Again, forget about whether or not the dog should be put down. Just consider that it is entirely the guardian's fault that this happened. Any dog savvy person will tell you that a small child around a large dog taking the dog's toy is a seriously #ed up situation that could go wrong a million different ways. It is incredibly reckless to enable such a situation to come about.
This was entirely preventable, and is not the fault of the child or the dog.
Edit: Just to clarify, I absolute love dogs. I do not think that they are "vicious animals" or anything like that. I am of the mind that an owner needs to be legally responsible for their dog's actions. Dogs are complex, dogs are simple, and dogs are beautiful... but they are not responsible for their actions. They are bred, bought and owned. They are a product of their environment. An adult decides to bring these beautiful things into their home, and so they need to be ENTIRELY responsible for whatever happens.
Edit2: Also, I feel bad for the guardian[s] and the child. I am not saying that the guardians are bad. People make mistakes, and a surprising number of people [even in the first world] are incredibly uneducated when it comes to owning dogs. Our society has failed us such that we fail our little four legged friends.edit on 17-3-2014 by LeviWardrobe because: (no reason given)
You're telling me that a Yorkshire terrier or something even like a border collie could inflict the same damage as a Pit Bull or a Bullmastiff? - See more at: www.abovetopsecret.com...
just look at Great Danes for example, their beasty but no way would one ever do something like this, - See more at: www.abovetopsecret.com...
I wonder if people would outlaw campfires were a child left alone with one and burned by the fire. Hmmmmm...
this is a made up statistic but I'd say over 60% of dog owners have no way near the knowledge and determination of to train their dogs how you do,m or in fact teach their kids how to be around their dogs and others. If all people had this kind of attitude then this type of # wouldn't happen. But because the world is full of people who are dumb as #, we have to put things in place so their dumbness doesn't effect anybody else..Like this story and the other dozen I'v heard of this year alone.
So the dog was potentially minding it's own business, safely chained up on it's own property, enjoying a bone when an unsupervised child enters said garden and tries to take it's bone from it?
Is that the actual course of events do we know?
Dogs know the difference between an adult and a child and the only dogs that attack children are violent ones. The mutt needs to be put down.
I don't know if anyone caught it in the story, but this dog is responsible for attacking and killing another dog.
Too many warning signs.
If the dog is aggressive, why did the neighbor not have a fence put up?
You may want to learn a few things about breeds of dogs both the Mastiff and Great Danes are gentle breeds
Anyone who would defend such a dog is a child hater. Maybe I'm biased, I was bitten as a child.
reply to post by CharlieSpeirs
I hate pets
A animal is just that, this dog deserves to die, it harmed a child.
Kill it, kill it like a wasp that sings you or a germ on a chopping board.
Dogs love only through instinct, they do not "care for you" they do not have the capacity to feel emotion as we do.
they are not self aware stop trying to substitute a dog for a human.
Dogs and all animals only deserve two things, to not be harmed unnecessarily and to be subservient to humans.
Anyone actively involved in this camapaign to save the dog, willing to take the dog? Not even its owner wants him...
Its the same reason we execute prisoners. The damage has already been done. Now it's time to prevent any more from taking place.
Every time we here of a dog mauling a human, it is nearly always the same breeds, over and over again. You never hear of a Labrador or Yorkshire terrier mauling people..
but once a dog is dangerous, it is dangerous. You cannot train out the aggression in some breeds. It's like when they go after crocs or sharks that take humans - they do it because that animal has now learnt humans are not only tasty, but easy prey.
reply to post by JakeDMUND
Screw me? Wow, such a violent attitude from a pit bull lover. HHHMMM, picture becoming much clearer now