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 justagal1
Joined: 6/2/2006
Msg: 8
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There is no such thing as dangerous breeds of dogs...period. If anyone ever bothered to research it...they would know that. Too many people would rather be lazy and assumptive, then to take the time to truly know what they are talking about. If you are going to go to an extreme and ban something, you had better research it to death, to ensure that there is just cause in doing so. If you aren't going to take the time to research it...then keep you mouth zipped...as there is nothing worse then ignorance. Too many in society are quick to jump to conclusions, form opinions etc..with no valid basis other then "well if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck."

OP...it is very unfortunate what you and your family experienced and I feel for you. But in your anger you are making assumptions and drawing conclusions, rather then basing your opinions on facts. Perhaps if you focused your energies by educating yourself more on dogs in general and understanding about their nature's etc...you will find healing in that so that you may close the door on this. Focusing your energies on retribution, retaliation etc...(banning a species, or labelling certain dogs as "dangerous") will not heal anything and would cause pain to those that truly do understand dogs and their natures.

Dogs that attack are a product of their owners. Their owners aren't always "bad" people, people that try to make their dogs "bad", they are often just regular people that think they are doing the right things....training their dogs properly etc. Very few people do truly understand how to properly train a dog, understand a dog and/ or really "know" their dogs capabilities. There was one poster on here that was on the right track. She took the time, the money and the patience to work with the dog and understand the dog. She understood its limitations and it's abilities...and worked with professionals, to help her dog be the best dog it could be. If more people, did what that poster did....there would be far less if any, incidents of "unprovoked" attacks by ANY breed of dogs.
 justagal1
Joined: 6/2/2006
Msg: 13
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Posted: 6/23/2006 5:46:02 AM
OP...I do completely empathize with you and don't blame you for your anger at your friends. I think it's horrible how they handled that. I would be out for retribution as well. I would not blame the dog though. It is not the dog's fault. Your idea about insurance is certainly a good one, as it may make pet owners more responsible. However, just assuming that because there are so many reports about two particular breeds of dogs, does not validate banning a breed. If you took the time to research dog attacks and breeds of dogs that are most likely to attack, you would find that pitbulls and rotties are not as high on the list as you may think. You hear more reports about pitbulls and rotweillers as the media has latched on to something that they know will sell papers. Writing an article about say viscious collie attacks, when most of us were raised on Lassie, isn't going to sell their newspapers.

Thus, the public has fallen into it, and gone the route of my earlier statement.."it looks like a duck.....must be a duck." Rather than educating themselves they choose to take the easier route of believing what they read in the newspaper. Newspaper stories are often more fiction then fact...they are written to sell papers. It is big business and too many people fall into believing everything they read.

By all means, if after you have researched pitbulls and rotweillers, all breeds of dogs and there temperments...you can say that these breeds should be banned..then become an advocate for doing so, and stand up for what you believe. Till then, be angry and saddened by what happened, but don't be so quick to jump on a bandwagon with no basis in fact.
 tyra1276
Joined: 6/10/2006
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Posted: 6/23/2006 10:04:25 AM

no such thing as a dangerous breeed...just dumb owners


I will agree with this, to a point. There are some dogs that are known to be dangerous, Pitts, Rotts, etc. BUT... 99.9999% of them can and will make wonderful, loving, family dogs. Certain breeds require different training than you would give to a poodle, a lab, a more accepted breed. I was raised with Rotts. I love them. I was never once bit, attacked, or hurt by any of them (other than being knocked over from them being over excited lol). I had two Rotts for the past 14 years. Unfortunatly, both have since passed. My son was raised with them, and they both seemed to see my son as their pup lol The reason why they were such fantastic dogs? Training training training. The reason there is such a huge problem with some of the larger breeds is because of uninformed and ignorant owners. My neighbor has a beautiful Pitt who I swear feels he is still a puppy lol

Going off of the flip side here, my cousin was attacked by two Pit Bulls about 5 or 6 years ago. He had to undergo massive reconstructive surgery, and will carry and huge scar on his face for the rest of his life. Even with that, I don't feel that they should be banned. Maybe in order to own one it should be required that the dogs have heavy training, along with training for the owners as to what kind of handleing the dogs require.

Just my 2ยข
 Canoe Gal
Joined: 5/5/2006
Msg: 17
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Posted: 6/23/2006 7:49:21 PM
I am sorry for what happened to your little one. A small child should never be on the floor or lower than the animal if there is ANY stranger dog in the room. It is a dog's natural instinct to establish dominance when exposed to new animals. And yes, your daughter was a "new animal" to this dog. There is no such thing as a dangerous breed. Only dangerous owners due to lack of knowledge and skills. If you are an owner of ANY breed of dog, you should take the time to have the dog properly trained as well as yourself. I have a boxer. Very protective and very agile. They are also very intelligent and stubborn. She is only just 2 but she will need constant reinforcement for the duration of her life. Why? Because it is in her best interest as well as my own. She is a show dog as well as the family pet. I have never been attached by a dog but I have been bitten by scared and nervous dogs. I have had family members attached by dogs. The worst by far was from a JRT. They may not seem like much but combine their speed with exceptionally sharp teeth and you have a tragic combination. He went through many surgeries and will never be the same and yet, he still has JRT pups. It's his way of dealing with and getting over the trauma. The one that attached him belonged to his best friend. They were 10 at the time. He is now 46. Every breed has the potential to turn. Every breed will have flaws. Responsible owners take the time to learn about their animals and work with them to manage them. I do like your idea about insurance though. We already do have pet insurance in AB, but that usually only covers health, dental and accidental injury to the dog.
 chameleontat
Joined: 4/3/2006
Msg: 18
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Posted: 6/23/2006 9:03:38 PM
Op--- It would seem to me you should choose better friends. If you are interested in the current events section of the forum this has been argued out quite extensively.
 philrook
Joined: 1/20/2005
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Posted: 6/24/2006 9:59:50 AM
There is an element to owner responsibility in dog attacks. But there are dog breeds that have tendancies to attack or dominate. Some breeds are much more social. For me I like social dogs that have tendancies not to attack or dominate. Try out the Chesapeak Bay Retriever, or a Newfoundlander ... Beautiful breeds. My daughter got out too far when she was swimming and my dog beat me to her and pulled her into shore. I did some reading and discovered that is a well documented trait of that breed. Today he won't let her go out past her waist ... she gets pretty upset when he's corralling her back in.

The point is I didn't teach my dog to watch swimmers for trouble. He has that in him, its part of his breed. Aggressive dogs have their place but its not in peoples homes, its not as pets. Yes they may look cute and a good owner can curb natural tendancies but why should a society have to rely on the owner to curb natural tendancies. Why not just take a common sense point of view and ban aggressive breeds as pets. They've done it here in Ontario and I totally agree with it.

I also agree with banning people from owning any dog if they have any history of violence or abuse. Even the most gentle breed can be beaten into an attack dog.
 chameleontat
Joined: 4/3/2006
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Posted: 6/24/2006 7:23:00 PM
I grew up on the farm and have worked with exotic animals for many years. If we are to eliminate all potentially dangerous creatures we must start with humans as they are far more dangerous and do far more harm than any other species. Talking dangerous animals I have been attacked by hundreds of animals over the years everything from mice to lions and bears and I don't hold it against any of them. As far as pit bulls and other large breed dogs go I have bred, rescued and trained hundreds of dogs in my lifetime most of them large breeds. Yes, I have been bitten by several dogs and never by a pit or rot which are two the breeds I dealt with often in rescues and breeding programs. I will not breed either of these two wonderful breeds not because the dogs are bad but because they were to popular with undesirable people that I did not want to get my puppies. Yes, the large breeds have more potential to harm humans just as the big kid on the play ground has more potetial to harm. I was that big kid and my parents taught me if I harm others they would harm my backside and I did not harm anyone. It's called training and just as there are bad parents there are bad dog owners as well so should we ban large children because some parents don't take the initiative to train their children. Then why ban large breed dogs. I don't know why the mentality of so many is to attempt to ban everything but it really does not solve the problems. It just punishes the good responsible people and creates more work enforcing or all to often attempting to enforce unsuccessfully all of the endless sea of laws we have. The media plays up attacks of certain breeds and does not mention other breeds. Two weeks ago my neice was pulled off her bicycle to the ground and bitten quite bad in her leg by a golden retreiver.(currently #1 dog in US and Canada for dog bites). This was not even news in the local paper but had it been a "pitbull type" dog it would be national news.
 smom2
Joined: 3/26/2005
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Posted: 6/25/2006 11:23:39 AM
There are more attacks on human by collies and other small dogs than pits and other large dogs, the smaller dogs just do less damage. AND it is really not in an "agressive" dogs nature to attack a human unless it feels threatened or it feels it's "pack" (owner) is threatened. If you read anything about "bully breeds" you'll know that it has been bred OUT OF THEM to not attack people. Only those who knew not to attack their owner survived, thus had offspring, etc. While I'm sorry that your daughter (OP) was bit by a pit, it is not in their nature to do so. Something happened, and it happens.

I have an American Bulldog. Essentially she's a giant pit. She's the best. I had her fixed about a year ago because she was starting to get aggresive with my boston terrier mix (who I had to get rid of for trying to bite the mail lady), she weighs more than me, but I never have any problems with her. Whenever anyone asks if she bites I tell them "She has teeth doesn't she?" That meaning that you never know what a dog is going to do. You just have to be prepared to do the unthinkable should anything happen.

Also, your friends lied to protect themselves against the legal ramifications of their dog's behaviour. Apparently they weren't such good friends after all and I'm sorry for that.
 philrook
Joined: 1/20/2005
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Posted: 6/26/2006 7:56:53 PM
Bulldog ... I like the points you make but you skipped over the most important one. A dog is just a dog. No matter how loved or cared for that dog is still just a dog. I have 2 daughters and 2 large dogs. I've trained and socialized my dogs very well and have involved my girls in that training. But if my dogs ever bit any child for any reason I would put it down myself. I don't let the dogs around other children unless I'm there and I don't think there will be a problem. Its not up to society to learn how to treat strange dogs ... its up to dog owners to be aware that people probably won't know how to treat their dog and to understand that they are responsible.

And the last point I would like to make is people are defined by how they handle their mistakes. The lying and covering up shows weak character and no honour. They can't be trusted and its probably best that they don't talk to you anymore.
 lonewolf2261
Joined: 3/25/2006
Msg: 33
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Posted: 6/26/2006 10:32:32 PM
Its never a good thing when someone is attacked by a dog, cat, or any animal. But that isn't a reason to exterminate a breed of any animal. I have a buddy that carries 5 rotweilers in the back of is truck everywhere he goes. I have seen more attacks by chihuahuas than any other breed of dog. People get injured and killed in automobiles everyday. Should cars and trucks be banned? Any animal can/will attack including humans. I don't mean to sound like an a**hole but I don't support the idea of destorying an entire breed.
 philrook
Joined: 1/20/2005
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Posted: 6/27/2006 6:55:22 AM

Incidentally, there is no need to dramatize. A bite on the nose and a few stitches, while never a good thing and certainly traumatic for the child, is not exactly a brutal attack. Any large, healthy adult dog is more than capable of killing a 3 yr old child. A bite like that is usually a warning to leave and never return, not an all-out attack. One more thought...if your child was hit by a car, through your inattention in not keeping a small child out of the road, would you then want to scrap the car involved? Or ban cars?


No need to dramatize? The situation described above is more aptly compared to a gun misfiring and just causing a flesh wound. Comparing an inanimate object to a dog is ridiculous. Cars don't have instincts they are completely controlled. I can let my kids play in a parking lot no matter how many big cars are there and I don't even need to chain the cars up. But there is no way in H$ll I'm doing the same thing with a bunch of rottis and pit bulls. Dogs have control over themselves. I understand that they are victims in the attacks as well but just because a dog doesn't know how to act in OUR society doesn't mean we say "oh well". We take action for the safety of ourselves and our children because OUR society isn't going to change to cater to dogs.
 smom2
Joined: 3/26/2005
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Posted: 6/28/2006 5:33:39 PM
Thanks Bulldog!! What a great post!!!

BTW: When my dog was teething I gave her carrots. She loved it!!
 smom2
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Posted: 6/28/2006 6:09:20 PM
Oh, I also have to say that I know my American Bulldog and a Pitt aren't the same. EVERYONE tells me she's a pitt, but she weighs like 100 lbs more than any pitt I've ever met... so I get real defensive of that point... LOL.

I have raised Pitts and they were awesome. We had one, "6-Pack" (long story) that would let a three year old little girl walk her with her finger in her collar and not pull or chase a cat or anything, she was just an amazing dog. Her dad, King, would bark up a storm if a cop pulled someone over near the house and the person in the car got fly with the cop because we made sure to introduce him to cops in uniform so he would know that they were good... cops loved to pull people over by our house... LOL

Dogs have teeth. Dogs CAN BITE.... regardless of breed. And seriously, if that dog wanted to hurt that three year old, it would have been a LOT more than a few stitches. I know that it's bad, but it's true.

My Molly (AB) weighs about 50lbs more than I do. She doesn't pull me, she doesn't jump on me, she knows her place. If we go for a walk and other dogs are barking at her she looks at me like she's asking what I want her to do and when I tell her she's okay, she keeps about her business. When people come to my house she's either locked up in the other room, outside or on a leash sitting by my side until both she and our company are comfortable, or the company leaves. If you come in my yard and Molly doesn't know you, you can bet your sweet butt that she's going to be tasting it. If you are IN MY HOUSE and she is OUTSIDE OF MY HOUSE, she will JUMP THROUGH THE WINDOW to get a taste of your butt. I don't need a gun, I got a dog.
 YoungerOW
Joined: 6/11/2006
Msg: 59
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Posted: 7/1/2006 9:01:55 PM
I have a Rotty....he's a big baby!! People can walk into my house without knocking and all he wants to do is lick them to death! ~lol~ Someone stopped at my house for directions once and he was outside. The man..never saw him before..got out of his vehicle and the dog didn't make a sound..just tried to give the guy kisses! I was inside and had no clue anyone was even here till my doorbell rang! Is it really the breed of dog or how they are treated?????
 sweet as candy
Joined: 5/10/2005
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Posted: 7/2/2006 7:31:43 PM
well i dont think they should be banned...pit bulls or any breed of dog.....the dog's personality is what the owner has made it i believe any dog is capable of attacking a child......i do not own a dog nor would i allow my children near a dog i was iffy about that is my job as a parent. i am very sorry that that happend to your child and that is the truth....but that is how i see things on dogs.
 megan25
Joined: 7/2/2006
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Posted: 7/3/2006 2:58:37 PM
I have a pit bull and she is great with my 13 month old daughter. I'm obviously 100% against banning pit bulls. That story is strange that the dog was nice to you, yr oldest daughter, and than out of the blue struck yr youngest daughter. I've learned from Cesar Millan to not pet dogs right away, especially if you do not know them. Ignore them and keep a calm, assertive state. They need to know that you are dominant. My dog has never been aggressive until after my daughter was born and she is only aggressive to one group of people and that is the ladies that come and clean my parents house. I'm not very happy about this, but something happened between them and my dog that I don't know about that made her dislike them. She never had a problem with them in the past. I've been working with her and she is getting alot better. The thing is she has to learn that she is not dominant. I'm kind of for putting a dog down after they have bit someone and against it. Though I'm sure if my dog or any dog bit my daughter I would beat it senseless and have it put down. I wouldn't punish the whole breed for one dog. That's like this "baseline rapist" in Arizona he's gone on a spree raping, assaulting, and murdering women. Should we kill ever black person because this guy is being violent? At one point in time it was doberman pinschers people wanted banned, german shepards, rottweilers. Now its pit bulls, pit bulls are the ones getting the bad rap now. If you are going to own a powerful breed you need to know how to control them.

I don't understand why the dog had to be put down because it needed to be tested for rabies that makes no sense.
 SelfSufficient
Joined: 12/14/2005
Msg: 91
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Posted: 7/5/2006 4:35:27 AM
I am not sure that certain breeds are dangerous. Any breed can have the odd agressive/dangerous dog. I will give you though that certain breeds are more likely to be dangerous.


A lot has to do with how you raise them. I have always had Akitas and some say they are agressive but personaly I have never had even a slightly agressive Akita. I would trust them with anyone. On the other hand if my dog ever attacked anyone I would not hesitate putting it down.
 philrook
Joined: 1/20/2005
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Posted: 7/5/2006 2:32:46 PM
I just love all the bleeding heart dog owners on here. Its good to see how your love of your pets has clouded your logic.

This is a simple situation. Dogs have instincts and they can be trained. In no breed can training completely override instincts.

Who is responsible? Dog owners are responsible for their animal. They need to know what their animal is capable of and its temperment. They also need to monitor their animal and restrict that animal to situations that its behavior can be predicted. People are responsible for themselves and their children. They are not responsible for predicting the actions of any animal but are responsible for ensuring that their children are safe which includes keeping their children away from untrusted animals.

Who is responsible for dog attacks? The dog owner is solely responsible. When a dog attacks its almost the same as the owner attacking because the owner is suppose to know their animal. The only mitigating circumstance is if the owner or his family is in danger.

These excuses for dog actions like "its the dogs house" ... crap. Its the animal owners house. If their animal attacks for whatever reason or instinct that goes through the animals head its their responsibility. This is where the bleeding heart dog owners logic goes wrong. They want to partially blame the person who was attacked to some degree or that persons parents for not teaching them how to handle dogs or something stupid like that.

If a animal demonstrates its "inappropriate" instincts or training then it needs to be put down ... the owner had their chance and society can't be tolerant of "bad" owners or their dogs.

It may sound cold and it is. But its part of the cold realities of life.
 philrook
Joined: 1/20/2005
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Posted: 7/5/2006 3:58:06 PM
LMAO ... bleeding heart dog owner logic. I understand that you are trying to portray the animals perspective and I think you're bang on in your description of their perspective. The pet thinks it owns the house but it doesn't (at least not from the human perspective). It may even act like it owns the house but then that's up to the real owner (pet owner) to either train out or put limits on. If that dog attacks then it has proven itself incapable of living in the human world either due to its overpowering instincts or its poor training. It and its owner need to be disiplined and for the animal that means being put down.

The same thing would happen to a den of dogs/wolves in the wild ... they even get hunted and killed for attacking livestock let alone humans. Bears that attack people are always killed. I don't think that any of those animals were acting out of malice (oh ya ... I get to attack a human) they were just acting looking for food, or defending their territory. But we (humans) rule this world and its our children and society that need protecting. If the animals and animal owners can't get along then society will take action and kill the animals and charge the owners.

Reality sucks eh?

You can always draw me a picture ... but I don't think it will make your point any stronger.
 gomaz1
Joined: 5/28/2006
Msg: 97
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Posted: 7/5/2006 9:58:21 PM
hey i know what you mean. I'm a single father of one thirteen year old girl.
when she was seven she also was bit in the face by a pit bull.
ya know at first i didn't know what to think about it but i knew that the first thing i wanted to be done was to see that dog be put down.
i think if it did it once it could do it again,but i also think that some breeds require
more training and more socializing then others because some breeds are more protective.
i cant realy blame the dog because the owners should be responsible enough to learn how to train the dog if there going to have them.
also they say once a dog tastes blood it will want more.
in my mind why take the chance.
next time it could be life threatening.
on the other hand i had a rottie after that and i found that it was one of the most playful and loyal dogs that I've ever had or seen.
it toke a lot of training and time but his nature was good .
my daughter still just loves dogs today but she is a lot more careful with strange and big dogs.
she loves the rottie but we also did a lot of work socializing him with strangers as a pup by
walking him around people and disciplining him every time he was to act aggressive to anyone.

but to say that all pit bulls are bad is like saying that all salesmen are thieves.
good luck with it i hope she doesn't get a fear over this
 out a line
Joined: 5/22/2006
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Posted: 7/31/2006 6:19:39 PM
if any dog that has teeth can bit put in the right spot i have rodys and to a lot has to do with the way you rais them we have had the real german rodys ares go to wodk with me a lot and on are boat pepol ask if he well bite hasnot yeat but i tell them he has teeth and for ther safty and mine pleas do not try to pet him any dor can get spoced and snar you
 Tigress
Joined: 4/11/2004
Msg: 110
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Posted: 9/21/2006 4:52:52 PM
Well, I know animals well, and no matter what kind of animal it is, no matter how domesticated you think it is, deep down it's wild. It has instinct, something humans have a hard time understanding, and sometimes it just kicks in.

My boyfriend has a dog that is half Pit Bull and half Labrador Retriever and I have a six year old boy. Although I really like the dog and she is very friendly to me and likes me a lot, I won't let my son get near her. I've seen her be aggressive toward other dogs, and sometimes, I think dogs look at small children, or anything near their own size, as something they should pounce on.

The dog is put on a cable when my son visits.

I agree that some breeds are more aggressive than others, but I'm sitting here looking at a scar on my right hand that was caused by an attack from a little weenie dog! I unknowingly sat next to his toy on the couch, and I was in his territory!
 ISORealismNOTPerfection
Joined: 1/30/2006
Msg: 111
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Posted: 9/21/2006 5:29:11 PM
I recently got a JRT. Quite a lucky find on my part, I had been searching for a great pet for my children for some time and found her at a local shelter. The owner had abandoned her due to her "circumstances". The shelter advised me if I had children udner 6 years of age, she would not be a great choice, because of JRT's being very hyper and playful. I do not have children that young, so she was our "pick" so to speak. She is very adorable, never agressive, loves her sisters and brothers (the children) :) and her Mommy. Sweetest thing, always watching in the window when we leave for school and work and pull up in the driveway in the evening, she is laying in the window sill waiting for us. No accidents in the house with the exception of the first week, due to getting used to new surroundings. Has been very easy to get on a schedule (going outside, etc). She doesn't get into things while we are away from home, alerts me when someone is coming to the door before they even knock so hey. I know she hears well. Just like a baby, so spoiled. lol I have had a Pit, a Poodle, a Shitzu and a Shepard in the past. JRT's from my experience are the best.
 Earthen_Angel
Joined: 8/8/2007
Msg: 113
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Posted: 9/2/2007 6:58:31 PM
my sister got a dog from her sister in law, they had to get rid of it because it had bitten the neighbours kid - the understanding is that is that it (a) didnt get on well with kids or (b) was provoked - i forget which. So she gave the dog to my sister and her boyfriend as an alternative to putting it down. It had been quarenteened and tested for rabies and found clean. But since it bit a child, and she has a child, she got rid of it.

My sister babysits my son, and brought him to her home. He'd been around the dog a few times before and seemed perfectly fine. One day when my son was playing it with it he leaned over to give him a hug and the dog bit him in the mouth. Almost ripped his cheek right in half he too has a scar. They quarenteened again, even with the previous history, and checked for rabies. When it came up clean we were told by our vetrinarian that we couldnt legally put the dog down without justifiable cause because we'd be fined. They kept the dog a while longer, it later bit my sister and her boyfriend. It was after it bit her boyfriend in the same spot as it bit my son, they tried again to put it down. And the vet refused. So went and cleared it with the police and had it put down.

I know where you're coming from. I was working when I received the message, I made my way to the hospital as fast as I could. Nothing could prepare me for seeing my sons mouth torn open at the corner, or the shock he went into just from the fright it gave him. Worse than the injury for me was the tears. I was mad. But I left my sister to deal with the dog as she would.

I don't fault the dog or her though. Even though given its history she should never have brought my son around him. I do blame the previous owner though. Maybe not her sister in law, but someone else. I can't blame the dog for its training. I don't believe in dangerous breeds. I believe that animals have learned behaviours. If an animal is abused, it will react. Some dogs don't play well with children of certain ages, some of them become cranky as they age and need distemper shots. But all of these come back to responsible ownership. If you have a moody animal get it treated, if it doesnt play well with kids, dont let it around them, and for godsakes above all dont mistreat it.

Your friends abviously weren't responsible in caring for their pet. The fact alone that they wouldnt take responsibility for it and allowed it instead to bare the punishment for their stupidity is cruel.

I also believe though that if an animal attacks - especially more than once- it should be put down. Or put where it can't harm people, but how can be sure of that. Especially dogs, some dogs once they get the taste of blood will become addicted to it. This particular dog was a hunting dog and perhaps thats where the problem was.

I feel for yourself and your daughter. I hope shes as resilient as my son though, and that it wont color her judgement on other animals. I was afraid for the longest time that my son would develope a fear of them and so far he hasn't thankfully.
 iamtheone39
Joined: 2/11/2006
Msg: 114
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Posted: 9/2/2007 7:46:43 PM
Uh oh, here goes the posts from pit bull lovers...I agree and sympathize fully with the OP. I don't see why anyone needs a frikken pit bull,but for one thing,to do harm to other dogs or to other people. There are too many other dogs that someone can have that are the same size,same color,but not dangerous around kids. Unfortunately,it is the owner's fault as to why these dogs are vicious. I pity the poor animal in a way because I am an animal lover. I would never put a dog above my family though, so don't let you pit bull in my yard or it is a dead one.
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