Did you guys hear about the Rottweiler that attacked a little girl in Petco? I'm not sure where. But the girl lost her entire upper lip and was in surgery for 4hrs. When she woke up she asked her mom why the dog did it, she was a pretty dog.
The dog was recently rescued and is now being put down.
The news was already going on about "why would they allow dogs in the store?" I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't allow you to bring your pets anymore.
***Edited By: thelifeofriley on 1/27/2006 8:48:57 PM*** Reason: add
That is just horrible, how terrible. This isn't the first time that there's been problems like this, some people have had their dogs killed by other customers dogs. I would never take one of my dogs into Petco.
I think it's stupid that dogs wouldn't be allowed in the store. It's the first time in 8 years Petco has had a problem.
It is a PET store, therefor PETS should be allowed. It's always been that way. But one incident ruins it for the rest.... and yeah the parents will probably sue. Everyone sues for everything.
I wonder if the little girl asked if she could pet the dog or not. I get really pissed at kids in petsmart/co not asking before they pet Riley. One day these kids were harassing him. Kept poking him in the back and laughing at him and one "accidently" stepped on his paw. I finally yelled at them and told them they should respect animals and I'm surprised he didn't bite them. I wish I would have seen their mom because I would have yelled at her too.
I do feel bad for the little girl, but I hope they don't ban dogs from coming in.
***Edited By: thelifeofriley on 1/27/2006 8:55:56 PM*** Reason: add
I have not read the story but 100.00 bucks says the little girl tried to hug the dog. the biggest demographic of dog bite victims, females ages 3-5. The biggest situation when dog bites happen. trying to restrain or hug them. little girls love to hug dogs.
Actually I think we can probably blame a stupid human for this one, I often see people taking poorly trained dogs into public areas that they just shouldn't be in, like flea markets, wearing flimsy collars and leashes that would break in a second. Also this dog was newly adopted, maybe someone didn't evaluate her well enough, or the new owner didn't know enough about the breed and couldn't handle her, who knows. Yes there's jerks in the dog world too, but such things are usually a humans fault. Also I'd never let my kids near an unknown dog in such a setting, I know all too well what can happen and so quickly, where was the mother?
yes people sue for EVERYTHING but to me this isnt an nothing . perhaps muzzles need to be in place for everyones protection including owners because of people sue happy. a scratch would be sue happy, if its bad bad then its not sue happy i agree its prob owner fault but itll have to be decided in court i guess
***Edited By: mzpeekabooicu on 1/27/2006 9:43:11 PM*** Reason: add
Yes that is awful what happened to that little girl BUT I think all dogs should not be banned from stores, in particular a PET STORE. Some dogs are not well trained by owndes and that is cause for problems.
There was a Lab at our local PetCo a few weeks ago, and you all know that Labs are "family" dogs. Well, this guy was yanking on the owners leash, owner clearly had no control over the dog. Then there was a sweet old lady with her rescued Pom mix, very mellow and sweet. That;s like saying we should ban 4 yr olds from Target because one little girl hit the little boy with a toy car. You know?
good point mommamia..i dont think they should ban pets from a petstore..like everybody said..it *is a pet store..its the parents' fault anyway..for letting their kids touch a pet w/o asking permission..or if the parents werent around..its stupid for them to leave their kids roaming around by themselves...if they sue petco i hope petco wins! that'll give them a lesson. **hmmmmph**
I have to say that when I take Duke out ( 165lb Mastiffx) that so many kids come running up to him without parents to pethim it is silly. Yes he is big yes we get lots of attention but I really wish parents would teach their kids manners the way I spent time to teach Duke manners. I trust my dog 99% but what about that one kid that does that one thing you didn't think about. When we go places I am on guard constantly watching who is around us and listen over isles who we cold be meeting up with next. Poor child but where were both adults in this story
Thats very sad and if i knew my dog was prone to attack an innocent child no matter if the child approached the dog (she was in a piblic area) then I would never take my dog. So its the dogownwers fault not controlling his dog. That was the pet ownwers responsibility not the girls or her parents. children have a right to shop in a pet store too.. As far as Petco, they must have allot of trust in thier customers and insurance comapany! I wouldnt put my business at risk and allow pets..dang crazy people are bad enough, thats asking for a law suit!
Sorry guys, I don't care what the kid did... hug it or poke it, if your dog doesnt deal well with that sort of thing LEAVE IT HOME, you don't bring a dog that can't trusted with kids in a public place that chances are there WILL be a kid or two or more. The child should ask to touch the dog? Of course she should but...it's a CHILD and sometimes they do things without thinking things thorugh (don't we all?!)
I went to petsmart once and saw a guy with a rot with TWO muzzles and a couple chains on it. I wanted to call him an idiot for making the breed look mena and uncontrollable but it oculd have been! There are definately some idiots that should not take their dogs in but I haven't heard abuot this.
The parents of children should have a small chat with them before entering the store about NOT going up to strange dogs. And if a person had a dog that would be a risk, they SHOULD NOT be brought to the store. It works both ways. People need to take some responsibility here.
It is a terrible shame that had to happen to a sweet little girl. It was the dog owner's fault and the parent's fault for not watching her kids around dogs. The parents knew there were dogs allowed in that store. I find myself educating kids quite often when they want to pet my dogs. I tell them they should ask first and then let the dog come to them. Never go after them if they try to get away.
I take my dogs to Petsmart all the time to get them used to the public and other dogs but I am careful what dogs I get close to. If the owner does not have control of the dog I go into another aisle. I sat in the corner on a bench one time because there was a lady having trouble controlling her Pit Bull. Looked like it might be a nice dog but I still would not take a chance. One bite is all it would take to kill my little ones.
What happened with the Rottweiler could have happened when being taken for a walk or anywhere else a little kid could get close to the dog. Owners should have control of their dog and not take them to places with a lot of people until they are well trained. Unfriendly dogs should never be brought in there.
Kristen/Duchess, I absolutely agree with the two of you. I am kind of tired of the automatic finger pointing at children on here. It's hard to say who was more wrong between the dog owner and the parents since none of us have the facts yet BUT to blame this small child for aproaching a dog in any way in a PUBLIC place is ludacris!
It's this kind of "someone else is always to blame because my dog's perfect" attitude that keeps me from associating with a lot of heavy-into-it dog people. It would be nice if there was a TP for people WITH kids and one for those without. No offense meant by opinion, just tired of tip-toeing around about this subject.
Hi, I'm from Australia and I don't know what Pet-Co is but I can tell you that the only pets in pet stores or pet food stores in Australia are either for sale or the store owners own pets. Perhaps that's why I've never heard of anything like this happening in a store in Australia?