originally posted by: Benevolent Heretic
The only way to avoid this is to not let them interact in the first place.
EXACTLY. And that's how the parents should have handled it.
This. If a child can't be fully contained, than it is up to the parent to keep that child away from such situations.
If the dog was naturally aggressive and bites or attacks with little to no provocation, then I would agree euthanasia would be called for. But if the
dog bit the kid because the kid was hurting it, or threatening it, then no. Why punish the animal for trying to protect itself from physical harm?
It's like putting someone on death row for fighting off a rapist or killer.
I've seen this all to often. A parent or adult will let kids run amok, including rough or totally unacceptable interaction and handling of an animal,
to the point of injuring a critter. The critter bites the child, as it would any attack in an attempt to protect itself, and the parents start
screaming for the critter's blood, despite the fact the child and his parents totally had it coming. It's an entitlement/vitcim mentality that makes
me sick. Probably because I was actually raised better.
When I was a little kid, like 5, one of my friends down the block had a Beagle named Sarge, and we used to play with him. He was sweet, playful, loved
us. But one day, as kids are wont to do, I was playing rough with Sarge. I was picking him up by his ears and swinging him, tackling him and crushing
him and hurting him, and Sarge gave me a few good bites on my shoulder and wrist, drawing blood. I went home screaming to my mother. After looking at
my wounds and cleaning them (she was a nurse, and they weren't that serious), she asked me what happened, then went down to talk to My friend's mom.
When she came back and asked me if it still hurt and I said "yes", she said "Serves you right". Then she pinched my uninjured arm, pulled my ear and
hair really hard, and asked me how I liked it. When I told her it hurt and made me mad and want to hit her, she said "How do you think Sarge felt?
What did you expect him to do when you were doing that to him?" We then went to the doctor's office to be safe, though Sarge was well cared for and
had all his shots. No worries. But my mother taught me personal responsibility, empathy, and common sense. Sarge was not put down, nor did my mom
demand it. I still played at my friend's, though I was kept separated from Sarge when I came over, he was kept on the back porch when I was there.
After a month, we were slowly reunited, and after some apologies and doggie biscuits, it was just like old times, except now I was more cautious and
considerate of Sarge when we played with him. He never bit anyone again. And I learned not to treat animals roughly.
On the other hand, there are dogs out there that are naturally aggressive, and will attack and maul with little provocation. Sometimes it's from
abuse, sometimes it's because they are trained and raised to be aggressive, and sometimes, they are naturally wired that way. And of course, some
dogs, normally friendly with no history of aggression, will attack and kill someone for reasons no one knows or understands. Euthanizing such an
animal would be the right course of action for the safety and welfare of everyone, the animal included. I know of a two year old that was dragged from
her stroller and viciously savaged to death by a rottweiller right in front of her grandparents in their own home by their friend's dog. The dog never
had bit or attacked anyone, and was a friendly, beloved family pet before then. The dog was put down, as it should have been.
I can't really say for sure which of the two applies to this situation, but I can say one thing upon reading this a second time: the parents are
neglectful, irresponsible idiots. They allowed their child to run around on the ground with five strange dogs in a pen. You NEVER let a child that
young loose around animals you have never met, even if they are tame or friendly. Children that young know no better and are strangers to the animal,
and interactions become unpredictable. Very young children should be introduced to a new pet or animal the same way you introduce two unfamiliar
animals. Carefully, in a calm, low stress environment, in gradually increasing amounts.
But hey, common sense and personal responsibility? Nah. Let's just freak out.