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    Dog Mauling Leaves Texas Infant Dead, Grandmother Injured

    http://www.kwtx.com/home/headlines/42195357.html

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    Police Chief Bill McManus says the woman was about to feed her grandson about 7 a.m. and went to her kitchen for his bottle.

    She returned to find the two pit bulls attacking the baby.
    I cannot fathom the guilt this woman must feel.
    Say what you mean, mean what you say, but don't say it mean.
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    I read this a while ago and was surprised when I checked again. I expected to see the stories about how they are such sweet dogs and someone must have mistreated them to make them attack that baby. The grandmother should never have left the baby where any dog could get to the baby, much less pit bulls with their history. They are so unpredictable I don't think a small child should ever be left alone with them.

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    I have two dogs and an infant, a German Shepherd and a Rough Collie. Both are very well behaved but despite my trust in them I will never leave them alone with any child, my own, my niece, ANY.


    It's a shame what backyard breeding has done to one of the only truly American breeds. Where I am from in Dade county you cannot own one. I wish they would pass that law in Alachua as well as some legislation to prohibit dog chaining. How ridiculous that we must pass laws to keep people from being inhumane.

    I feel tremendous pity for that Grandmother but I have gotta say, two pit bulls is a whole lot of dog for an older woman.

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    Two pit bulls. Shocking.

    My prayers for this family.
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    A 2 year old was also mauled to death just the other day near Austin. The family was taking care of a friends pit. Evidently the little boy got up early and went outside

    http://www.kvue.com/news/top/stories....73bd3c77.html

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    I just DO NOT understand the appeal of these dogs.

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    There has to be more to this story. I know its hard for some to believe but this breed isnt a mean breed. Dogs arent born mean anymore then people are born to be murders. I actually hold this women responsible. I know thats mean to say but she should know the history of her own dogs. Did she get them from a shelter or a breeder? Were they know to attack others? Dogs no matter the breed just dont attack out of the blue one day there has to be a history with these dogs.Im also interested to know if she was update on the annual shots as well. And I would be interested in finding out if she raised them. I remember when it was dobermens,rotweilers among others that were labeled the same as these dogs now. Its pitbulls today and in the future another breed will come along to take its place. I have two of the sweetest pitbulls and I also have a rotweiler,german sheppard,doberman and 2 yorkies. I have two children that my dogs adore.Not to mention anyone that comes near them. My german shepard is cadaver canine. All my others are therapy canines. My prayers are with the family of this sweet angel.
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    I have owned 2 pit bulls over the years and they were some of the best family dogs I have ever owned.

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    I respectfully disagree Cuppy. Dogs don't have to be provoked, not in any way we understand. They do not think like we do and they can perceive the slightest thing as a provocation. ANd that goes for any dog, not just pits. Maybe it was the smell of the baby, or the sound of it crying. While I would never leave a child alone with any dog, I am sure the poor grandma never thought he would get attacked. God bless this family.
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    When I was a personal assistant for the owners of an organic coffee company I dogsat for two. They were dear to me but I have to say I don't understand the appeal of a breed that is so vilified. I imagine the problem with pits directly relates to their popularity and unscrupulous backyard breeding as well as the environments some of these dogs are raised in. It has happened with GSD's and Dalmations. Generally dog bites rise and swell with breed popularity.


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    Quote Originally Posted by teonspaleprincess View Post
    I respectfully disagree Cuppy. Dogs don't have to be provoked, not in any way we understand. They do not think like we do and they can perceive the slightest thing as a provocation. ANd that goes for any dog, not just pits. Maybe it was the smell of the baby, or the sound of it crying. While I would never leave a child alone with any dog, I am sure the poor grandma never thought he would get attacked. God bless this family.
    I also imagine the high chair smelled of baby and baby food.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cuppy199 View Post
    There has to be more to this story. I know its hard for some to believe but this breed isnt a mean breed. Dogs arent born mean anymore then people are born to be murders. I actually hold this women responsible. I know thats mean to say but she should know the history of her own dogs. Did she get them from a shelter or a breeder? Were they know to attack others? Dogs no matter the breed just dont attack out of the blue one day there has to be a history with these dogs.Im also interested to know if she was update on the annual shots as well. And I would be interested in finding out if she raised them. I remember when it was dobermens,rotweilers among others that were labeled the same as these dogs now. Its pitbulls today and in the future another breed will come along to take its place. I have two of the sweetest pitbulls and I also have a rotweiler,german sheppard,doberman and 2 yorkies. I have two children that my dogs adore.Not to mention anyone that comes near them. My german shepard is cadaver canine. All my others are therapy canines. My prayers are with the family of this sweet angel.

    I think all pit buls should be euthanized. Period. There have been WAY too many babies and chidlren mauled to DEATH by these breed dogs. I am SO sick of hearing "Oh but he/she is a GOOD dog" BS!! There aer some breeds that have a killer instinct in them. By nature not by nurture. I also beleive there are other breeds that should NEVER ever be left along with a child. Not because they are always in the news for killing babies but because they are bigger breed dogs and most are dogs that are of a watchdog breed. I don;t care how much a person loves their pit bull. At some point POPLE have to be SMART and NOT put their child or any NEIGHBOR child in jeopardy just because "he is such a sweet dog and we have never harmed him. Or becuase he has never hurt anyone, he will never hurt anyone. It is all in how thye are raised. Again BS. This breed should be erradicated. Period.

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    I do not understand why so many always want to make excuses for the DOGS when they attack humans. I don't want to hear about back-yard breeders, ignorant owners, blah, blah, blah. Dogs are animals. Animals may attack humans. Period.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annie View Post
    I read this a while ago and was surprised when I checked again. I expected to see the stories about how they are such sweet dogs and someone must have mistreated them to make them attack that baby. The grandmother should never have left the baby where any dog could get to the baby, much less pit bulls with their history. They are so unpredictable I don't think a small child should ever be left alone with them.
    Pitbulls do not need to be mistreated to behave badly. They will also behave in wrong ways if they are untrained, and when they've been able to form a pack. A timid dog is also a sign to watch out.......they may just be needing someone smaller than themselves to pass the hurt along to.

    I have a pit: I LOVE him, he is the sweetest thing! (There ya' go, Annie!) BUT we have taken plenty of steps to ensure his safety as well as the safety of others around him. He's muzzled in public, or when we've got visitors. He's never out of my yard without that muzzle and a really good leather leash. He's been through many training classes, he listens and obeys. BUT STILL when my son's ex-girlfriend brought her pit over, they INSTANTLY formed a pack. We had a cat that my dog LOVED, they slept together and my dog would cry when the cat was out of doors---he missed her. My pit and the other pit immediately began working in tandem to "herd" the cat into the corner. If I had not been home, they probably would have gotten her and killed her. One pit is way different from two.

    I don't know WHY this grandmother left the boy alone with the dogs, but NEVER, NEVER, NEVER leave a child alone with ANY animal that has potential to cause harm. I'll be praying for her, because she is going to have a very, very hard time getting past this.

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    I have 2 Karelian Bear Dogs and a Border Collie cross who are great with people and kids but who will chase away or kill any other animal that comes on to the property. BUT, I would never leave them alone in a room with my little grand daughter or any other child. Dogs, although domesticated, are still animals and have different behaviors and social systems then we do. People MUST understand this or these tragedies will keep occuring.
    Last edited by Penelope; 04-01-2009 at 02:18 PM. Reason: Accidently pressed the post button too soon!

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