I have to say thid, there are breeds out there that make a pit look like poodle. not to say pits are not cool, but there are far more aggressive breeds, fila's caucasian mountain dog, presario canario, that are not as popular as the pit. why don't here stories of these dogs soing the same things or similar breeds like rotts or even not so similar like gsd's or even poodles. i think alot of these stories have holes, they are not reporting something or skewing the truth
Maybe Gunny, to answer your question is that the far more agressive breeds you talk about are much fewer in numbers and possibly have owners that are at the peak of responsibility and the breed is not over bred.
Bad reporting isn't the cause of what happened in this situation, they didn't change the breed of the dog to make the story more juicy either. I don't like that you even insinuated that.
Here unless the story involved a pit, it's simply a 'dog'. Many news agancys pass over small dogs causing extreme harm yet I can find those stories being reported by smaller news agencies on the web..
People don't want to hear that a pom, terrier, cocker, whatever caused harm like that, but it happens.
The Cao de Fila de Sao Miguel, presa, the fila braserio.. I think they reside in smaller numbers in populated areas.. Although once bsl was passed here talk was to add the presa to the list because it was too 'pit like' and 'thugs would grab up those next as protection'.
I think with the rare breeds people are less aware of what they are what they do and what they are like.
Being less popular, they are less likely to be seen in the humane society and such and therefore less likely to be adopted out as somethign else, where they could easily cause a problem if the new owner wasn't aware of their temperment.
There was a fila miguel in the toronto humane society.. listed as a mastiff with botched ears.. I'm not sure if it is still there, but if it was adopted to a family who thinks it is a mastiff that could be the next story of a killer dog on the news.
how was the mom not injured? She probally had the kid on the ground and wont admitt it. Its sad. Probally got excited becaue of the hose. I always want to know more about these. Maybe I should investigate dog bites adn attacks:) DOubt I'd get paid though!
Joce, That is what I was thinking exactly when i read that. How was she not full of bite marks. I wonder if she even tried wetting the dog with the hose as usually that will stop dog fights. It is just an awful story.
JustPuppyLove First things is great your going to shelter, but remember if there is 1 bad dog it does not mean all the breed is bad. There is good and bad in all breeds and to be honest we dont know the full story to this. have fun at the shelter and i hope you find a new friend.
Joce and aisha, it kind of strange that the mother dind't have one bite. I agree. Irrgardless, it's still a terrible tragedy.
JustPuppyLove, you shouldn't be afraid to visit the shelter because of this story, nor should you be afraid of dogs now. As julieh said, one bad dog doesn't make an entire breed or the dog population in general that way.
Whatever happened it is horrible and I feel bad for that poor baby. Can't imagine the pain she was in :(
And there is no excuse for a dog to attack a child like that. Whether there are holes in the story and the baby was on the ground or the mother sprayed the dog - it should not have done that, period. If there are holes in the story and the mother is partly to blame, imagine her guilt... such a tragedy all around.