Skip to comments.Dog attack kills Prescott 2-year-old (Dog of Peace alert)
Posted on 10/29/2009 7:31:48 AM PDT by DCBryan1Edited on 10/29/2009 7:58:33 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
A 2-year-old boy died after a chained-up pit-bull terrier in a neighbor’s backyard attacked him Wednesday morning in Prescott, police said.
The boy and his 3-year-old brother wandered out of their home about 9 a.m. and made their way into an unfenced yard two houses away where two dogs were chained up, police said.
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parent of the year award may be in order.
Parent (singular) was sleeping.
BOTH kids untended.
Worth a harder look into whether someone shares in the blame.
There's Your Sign!!
Previous story indicated that the toddler wandered away from his babysitter’s house. Probably incompetent reporting, but a strange change in the tale.
In their defense, how many times has a pit bull non-attack made the news?
so lets get this straight. 2 children, 2 and 3, leave their house, walk two houses down, see 2 dogs that are chained up, and go up to the dogs.. and its the DOGS’ fault?
if charges get filed it should be against the mother for neglect.
This is a horrid horrid story but the dogs were in their own yard and chained.
So they go after the dog owner for perhaps a rabies shot violation but do nothing about the parent/ babysitter who let a 2 yo and a 3 yo wander out of a house>
Moat dogs on a tie up will protect its territory. In fact, it actually makes them more aggressive. But a pit bull on one? Wow. Regardless of whether or not the owner was within the law, the owner is just stupid.
And yes, the mom should be charged with criminal neglect.
And, if you want to hear more, tune into the ultra liberal Austin, TX news stations that show Pet of the Day/Week. Lots of pit bull and PBmixes at the shelters so they are touting how good these dogs are and that they are only trouble if they are taught to do so!!!
People are walking them in the parks with the muzzle leashes not caring that if they stumble or faint that their dog could injure or kill children.
In some places it’s against the law to keep a dog tethered.
My 12 y/o Collie/St. Bernard is way more vicious than my German Shepherd puppy is, but I just made sure the GS had his annual shots last week on schedule...even though my husband is unemployed right now and we really couldn't afford it... because I know people are afraid of the GS and will overreact if something does happen. We have a 6 ft. fence around our property with do not trespass and beware of dog signs posted everywhere, not just to protect people from my dogs, but to protect my dogs from frivilous charges well.
yeah, keep blaming the DOG.
the blame should be on whomever was responsible for watching those kids. if they had been doing their job, this wouldn’t have happened.
also, due to the extreme young age of the children, we’ll never know what provoked the mauling. children this age don’t know better. i’ve watched my niece run full force in to my in-law’s st bernard, grab it by the ears and try to climb on her back. sure, that dog is used to it, but how do you suppose other dogs would act to this treatment?
I have been told, repeatedly, that attacks like this are rare.
No one’s blaming the toddlers for doing what free-range toddlers do. Clearly, the snoozing mom gets the biggest piece of this pie.
Plenty of blame to go around here. The mother or babysitter (there seem to be conflicting reports as to who was “watching” the chidren) is the primary culprit. You simply cannot allow toddlers to wander the streets. Criminal charges should be filed against the person who was responsible for supervising the child.
The dog owner may or may not be legally responsible, but keeping a pitbull chained in an unfenced yard is irresponsible. Chaining dogs causes them to become territorial and aggressive and pitbulls are predisposed to aggression and have tremendous killing power.
Finally, the dog deserves blame. I believe it should be put down. An animal that will attack and kill a child, even if provoked, is not a suitable pet. I am not saying that all pitbulls are unsuitable as pets, but this one has killed a child, and is clearly dangerous.
I think pitbulls can be great dogs, but the vast majority of people lack the knowledge, skills and responsbility to handle them.
You simply can’t leave toddlers unattended; this is really what the root cause is for so many tragedies like backyard pool drownings, dog maulings, strangulation from window-blind drawstrings, and so on. I learned early on with my kids that toddlers can be surprisingly adept at getting into dangerous situations. My son, two-years-old at the time, managed to climb over a six foot fence when I thought he was safe in the backyard, and he was attempting to cross into the backyard two houses away when I discovered him missing. There were dogs in that yard, and we think that is what attracted him. As I recall, these seemed to be friendly dogs, and I don’t think they would have been a danger, but there was also a pool in that yard.
and i find no justification for 2-3 year old children to be out wandering the streets alone.
Just an FYI for the future, local rescues do vaccinations clinics throughout the year in most areas of the country, often charging only 10 bucks per vaccine (rabies, DHPP). Craigslist pet section often has announcements about low-cost vaccine clinics. Also, depending on your vet, you might be able to get away with just the vaccine cost vs. paying the office visit. At my vet, they will charge just for vaccine ($16) unless client requests appt w/ exam. Doesn’t hurt to ask.
Depending on how you feel about vaccines and the status of the vector load in your area, in adult dogs you really only have to do rabies as required by law. Current thinking is that vaccines *might* confer lifelong immunity (the Rabies Challenge program is currently investigating whether the rabies vaccine confers 5-7 year, possibly lifelong, immunity).
Vet schools now encourage q 3yr (vs. old yearly protocol) core vaccines after puppy vaccine series and adult booster. Change in recommendations is due to increasing reports of vaccine reactions and vaccine induced disease. I don’t give my old dogs vaccines any longer other than rabies as required by law. My younger dog has a localized autoimmune issue and I haven’t vaccinated in four-five years other than rabies. He might get one more and then he will be done. My vet only vaccinates her dogs q 3yrs.
If this is stuff you already know, my apologies :-)
Well at least we agree on something.
I agree absolutely.
And we don’t know, mayhbe they werre up to date
No matter how sad the situation is whoever neglected these 2 babies should be charged
and probably on the fact that the dog does now need to be put down.
whether or not we agree that the dog is at fault, the fact remains that it has killed, and is more likely to kill again given the opportunity.
Before we adopted him, he was found with his littermates in a taped up box outside a fire station in 98 degree weather. Only two of the puppies survived and they had to rescusitate them. Apparently due to lack of oxygen to the brain, he is mentally unbalanced and will never grow up mentally, he will basically be an overgrown puppy the rest of his life. He has severe memory problems and the only people he allows near him are my husband and I as we are the only "constants" in his life, he forgets who other people are if they are not around every day. He reacts out of fear to anyone else, runs circles around them and barks viciously and it scares the heck out of people, but he has never bitten anyone.
We didn't know about the mental problems when we adopted him as he was only 6 weeks old, he is 2 y/o now. I kept telling my husband that something just wasn't right with him as he had a kind of blank look in his eyes. However, a dog is a life-long commitment in our eyes and we have vowed to keep him no matter what.
Also, our vet is very good with him as he understands the issues he has and is patient and gentle with him. We do muzzle him and we wait outside if there are other animals in the waiting room or if they don't have an exam room available right away because he wants to play with them, but he just doesn't realize how big he is and he is huge, even for a German Shepherd. Because of that, there really isn't any way we could take him to any type of public vaccination clinic.
I raised 5 and kids get out of the house without you knowing it unless you lock them in a cage,....
Gee, thats a real intelligent comment.../s
How many times have non-murder make the news
How many hit and runs not made the news....
How many SUV's didn't hit anyone..
Yep that mother should have kept her kids in a cage...she was neglectful.
You think too clearly for pit lovers...its never the dog, its the victims....some sick puppies of the 2 legged kind.
But gee whiz, its the 2 and 3 year olds fault. They opened a door when someones back was turned..like kids never do that......
The dog should be put down and the owner fined heavily..
Kill the dogs, kill them now, all pit bulls should be eliminated until the breed is gone, period.
Your first sentence is stupid...How many children have you raised? Kids get out of the house unless you cage them..No parent has eyes on kids 24/7. Mothers would not be able to clean house, wash clothes or fix meals. She would be sitting watching the children 24/7.
Dog is a dangerous animal...put it down... 10 kids could wander into my labs yard and all she would do is lick them clean......
>>In some places its against the law to keep a dog tethered.<<
Do you know where? (hope it’s not my area. My pup is on a stringer when she goes out)
Guns don't go off by themselves....there is no comparison. The straw dog, gun vs pit bull maulers has been tried before on threads that are about The Dog Of Peace...A gun sits on the table for decades and kills no one on its own..pit breeds and rottys do the most killing or mauling of all the hundreds dog breeds there are.. My sympathy is always with the victim not the perp.
Aww, sorry about your “Nutty Buddy.” We had a cat like that once...people would drop off cats near my parents’ farm. Momma kitty was probably taken by predators or hit and we found three very young kittens in the field. Two were already dead, one was in bad shape...dehydrated and starving, but we (and our dog who did the elimination stimulating) nursed the kitty back. She was always a little ‘off,’ though.
Bless you for taking Buddy in and providing such good care in spite of his less-than-good start in life.
As for the dog, I blame the owner as well, not the dog.
Didn’t miss a thing.
Your reaction is exactly what I thought it would be.
I commend you on your great parenting....../s
I just love the blame the victim people and not the killer or attacker.
you are cute........
Leashes are fine. In fact, that’s the law in most places. Tethered means tied to a spot in the yard unattended.
We have the pup on one of those carriage stringers. When we go out, she is put on the front one if we are hanging by the house and the back one if we are hanging by the swingset.
I wish we had a fenced yard so she could run. Mostly she is a house dog anyway.
That's quite a leap you are taking there, from disagreeing with an opinion to an outright personal attack, don't you think? You don't know a danged thing about me or my parenting skills, so I would suggest you refrain from your snide comments on the matter, especially since you so clearly admit you can't control your own children.
Why? Because it's Goat Granny...She goes from sweet to completely bat-shit crazy in 2.3 seconds.
But she thinks I’m cute .....