First of all why was someone's pit bull running loose? And what did the children do to provoke the attack? I don't think dogs generally attack children unless provoked. At least I can't imagine it. I feel sorry for the children and I hope that they will be okay, but I also get angry with the media for making it look like this is the way a normal pitt bull acts. Most of the ones I've met in our clinic who have great owners who take the time to train them and spend time with them are great dogs! Unfortunantly I've seen pitts abused too, by owners who tie them on a chain, stick them in the back yard and only bring them out when they want to look tough. That I don't understand.
I am always skeptical when I read Media print about "pitbull attacks..." Ive read that the media will just slap the name pitbull on alot of dogs. I think its sad. I dont have one, but I really think they are a wonderful breed, but ALWAYS given a bad rap! ~ IMO~ I feel sorry for the kids though!
and what did the children do to provoke the attack? what kind of statement was that ! the boy was only five years old and waiting for a bus ! geezzzzzzz. there is no excuse for ANY dog to attack a child . no matter what breed it is.
I didn't mean that the child did it on purpose, I just meant that I don't think the dog just ran up and attacked a child that was just standing there. Just like the story about the rott. The child was trying to break up a fight. They didn't know any better, it just happened, but the media makes it look like its completely the dog's fault. I truely feel sorry for the children that were hurt, and no there should never be any excuse for a dog biting a child, I just get tired of the way the media covers these stories. At least they could place the blame on the owner who let the dog run loose and not on the breed of dog that it is.
it does seem to be that a pitbull gets alot of media attention. if it was a lab or a beagle or some other breed besides rotties and pits it probably wouldnt have even made the paper. but where was the owner ? i,m wondering if there are some "issues" with the dogs home life that it would get loose and attack . pitbulls are usually very affectionate with children . someone somewhere has obviously mishandled or mistreated the dog
***Edited By: dusty082155 on 5/3/2005 11:26:11 PM*** Reason: added
I aggree that somewhere along the lines this animal was mistreated. Its sad. I wish that some how people who mistreat animals could be held more responsible. They don't seem to understand that these animals are life that they have complete responsibility for and these animals look to them to learn how they should behave. I wish more people would realize that. ANd then something like this happens and someone gets hurt and they blame the animal instead of the owner.
***Edited By: gingerspice on 5/3/2005 11:29:33 PM*** Reason: add
I saw a video of the dog on the news. He looks very well cared for and is very healthy. They said his owners have been found and he escaped out of the yard. They interviewed the kids and the bus driver. The dog approached the little boy and the little boy screamed because he was scared of the dog. The dog jumped on the little boy and the boy freaked out and the dog attacked. The 10 year old little girl tried to pushed the dog off the boy and the dog turned on her. At this point the bus driver came off the bus with the broom with has a metal handle and beat the dog with it. The dog bit the broom. You can see the teeth marks in it and the handle is bent. The dog then ran away. The owners said the dog has never shown any aggresion before.
i dont care what kind of dog it was. i dont care if a child freaked when a dog came up the them, that dog attacked a child. that owner should be charged to the max. dogs running should not attack for any reason pitt or not. they get bad press but ya know if the shoe fitts. im not saying all pitts are bad i work with them every day the are a over protective preed. also there was a chow attack on my block a week ago and it was not on the news. i had two pitts in school and i would of never thought they would bite but if a dog has teeth they can bite.
Heck, I would probably scream if I saw a dog running towards me that looked like it was agressive. Its instinct!
I have seen firsthand how much damage can be done, how many stitches and how much mistrust a child has after a dog attack.
Didnt have to be a pitbull, I have seen other breeds bite and maul as well.
I guess the thing that really pisses me off about these cases are the people who are worried about dogs being hit with brooms, or other objects in an attempt to save the person. Seen it myself. A girl here locally few yrs back was walking in the park, she was 9. Pit came after her and a band of people tried to get the dog to let go of her....hitting the dog. Many cried OOOH poor dog!!! Dont hit it...it didnt deserve it....blah blah.
Might I remind them that the dog was mauling that little girl? I cant believe people actually forget that the kid almost got killed!!! We are worrying about the wrong thing here! And now we have another child afraid of dogs....
Yes I am sorry for the dog, and yes, it wasnt raised right, but people come first. Dont bash the person trying to SAVE someones life! Dont justify that a person provoked it, and that the dog has a million excuses that made it do that. Project the anger on the person who deserves it, the owner.
Trama and Wolf I agree completely. I am a pit bull owner and she is a good dog. But do I trust her with my child? NO.... I also own Rottweilers and a Cane Corso, do I trust them with my child?....NO!!!! I don't trust any dog alone with a child. Until dogs can talk and we know excatly what is going on in their heads then no chances should be taken. I feel I am a very good and responible dog owner but I have to admit yes my dogs have gotten away before. A dog getting away can and has happened to the best of us. Thank god my dogs didn't get into any thing they werent' supposed to. My point is the owner of this pit bull could be a very good and responible owner, during their interview they seem to be. The dog is a house dog that goes out in the back yard to go potty, the gate was acidently left open and he got out. They stated they will have the dog pts because they will no own a dog that bites. They were very concerned about the children and didn't try to defend their dog. You can own the best dog in the world and swear it is good with children but until you "know" what is going on in thier thoughts then I wouldn't put it past any dog. Any and all animals with teeth have the ability to bite. I don't agree that all attacks are the owners fault. Accidents happen. I don't think there was neglect on the owners part in this case. Now in the mauling of the 3 year old by the rottweilers was completely the owners fault and they should feel terrible.
***Edited By: cschimizzi on 5/4/2005 8:07:12 AM*** Reason: sp
There was neglect on the owners part if the gate was accidently left open. No excuses,they should've checked the gate before the dog was let out.The dog got out,it's that simple.Every time either myself or hubby let our dogs out ,we check the lights on our system to make it's working.I'm way to paranoid of the possibility of my dogs getting out.Yes Tigger did get out once,my nieghbor called me to let me know she was at their house.Tig was very shaken up and freaked out.Thank god she didn't bite some one , or hurt another animal.
You know i could not even finish reading the rest of this thread before responding. Saying what did the children do to provoke it? Listen, I am with everyone else when saying i do not want certain dogs tereotyped, but some people will take the side of the dog to the point of it being ridiculous. i love animals and i loe my two dogs. Not all dogs are the same, even within the same breed. one dog my do something another might have never done. regardless of how the owner treated it. the bottom line is this dog attacked two children!! and frankly i do not care if this is a hoax to get ppl riled up. children she be allowed to be children while they are outside. as long as they were not taunting this dog in a cruel fashion it does not cut it for me to take sides with the dog.
I'm surprised at the ppl asking "what did the children do to provoke the dog" FYI Dogs do attack for no reason sometimes. My Uncle who is legally blind wass riding his bike when he came upon a pitbull walking his way. My Uncle steered clear of the dog and it still tried to bite him. Luckily my Uncle got away safely and called the shelter. I guess you could say the bike and my Uncle were taunting the pit. OOooOOOoo
Not all pitbulls are bad, it's just bad owners. They never train their pet right, or give it the quality time it needs with people. Most people with a agressive apbt train it that way or just leave it chained in the yard.
It's so sad... for the dog and the ppl that get hurt by it
You know I have 7 kids in my house and until I moved in my roommates kids were taught that all dogs would bite them, so they were always scared of the dogs in the nighborhood, including my own. Now that I have taught them how to approach a dog and what to do if something happens most of the kids are ok, one is still a little scared of dogs and my son gets a little nervous sometimes. But he was attacked by a nieghbors dog, and it wasnt a pit. Alot of kids have a fear of animals and will automatically scream or run, and some dogs dont like. I have a GSD and she is a very good dog, fi she ever gets out which isnt often she ehads for the school across the street and sits in the courtyar waiting for the kids to come to her, she loves kids, but I'm she doesnt like other dogs, Im more afraid of her hurting another dog or killing someones cat than hurting a child. But like I said I have one child in my house that every time she sees a dog outside comes running inside scared to death, and I'm afraid one of these days she will be attack because of the way she reacts to dogs. I feel for the kids that were attacked when my son was, I wanted to kill the dog that did it. And I also feel the same as the dog owner, I will not keep a dog around that has bitten a child.