Skip to comments.Churchill man adopts husky that killed infant in McKeesport
Posted on 02/23/2012 5:39:00 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia
PITTSBURGH -- A Churchill man adopted the dog police said killed an infant last week in McKeesport.
The man, who did not want to be identified, said he and the baby's father made a deal on Tuesday. Howard Nicholson signed the husky over to him and he paid the dog catcher fees and veterinary bills for the dog's broken leg.
"Allegheny County and the dog catcher deemed him safe for release. They weren't putting the dog down, so we said we will relieve you of the financial burden. We want the husky to get proper medical care and a proper home," the man said.
The man told Channel 11's Renee Kaminski that he understand how some may be shocked that he wanted the animal that mauled a 3-day-old child, but he said he believes the dog did it because of the poor circumstances it was under.
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When I was a kid we adopted a husky that had killed a couple of hogs. The family had recently had a baby.
That dog was fantastic.
I’d never leave her alone with a baby though.
Just from personal experience, our vet recommends that families with young kids should stay away from Chows, Pits, Rotts and Huskies. This is just from stats (I think).
Any beast that mauls a child to death should be summarily and instantly put to death. Period.
That includes the two-legged variety.
I’m sorry, but this is just bizarre.
“poor circumstances” hhmmmm
No kidding! I don’t give a da*n about extenuating circumstances.
My person opinion is that any dog should be watch with a young infant.They are dogs and view smaller items as prey so in reality any dog is capable of killing an infant if supervision isn’t a constant and close watch of where the infant and dog is at all times.
My personal opinion is that any dog should be watched with a young infant.They are dogs and view smaller items as prey so in reality any dog is capable of killing an infant if supervision isn’t a constant and close watch of where the infant and dog is at all times.
“... any dog should be watched with a young infant”.
I totally agree. Even with toddlers/pre-schools kids. Many little ones can accidentally fall on a dog and a dog bite as a reaction. Or, they may not tolerate a tug on an ear etc... It is always safer (IMHO) to never leave little ones alone with a dog.
Allegheny Cty deemed the dog safe for release? Wow. I hope they are prepared for a whopping bill when this dog hurts or kills someone else and Allegheny Cty is found negligent for letting it go free.
I cannot imagine how anyone could let any animal that had killed a human go free. The only possible thing to do is put down the animal immediately.
Hmm. Yes, it’s really stupid to put an infant down with any dog, especially a large dog. But, once the dog has killed a child, why would you adopt it out? I love dogs, but this country has gone insane. We don’t have a dearth of dogs. Unless a dog is protecting his people, a dog who kills should be put to sleep.
From the article “He’s a dog. He was adopted two weeks prior and put into a pack with three other dogs. He broke his leg and had a homemade contraption on him. It wasn’t set right. He’s at the bottom of the food chain and the mother put a baby on the floor in front of him,” said the man.”
There is more than enough blame to go around here. Irresponsible owners and a shelter that adopts out to anyone to keep their “no-kill” statistics up. Dad adopts a new dog two weeks before new baby arrives when he already has three dogs, new dog breaks leg, and he doesn’t bother to get it proper care. Then, mom puts the new baby on the floor in front of the hurt dog. I’m really sorry the child is dead, but I’m not thinking the dog should be killed in retaliation.
I agree with you. There are so many Freepers who reflexively call for the killing of animals that may not have deliberately set out to kill anyone or anything.
Circumstances don’t matter to these people.
The German Shepherd rescue I volunteer for will not place certain dogs if the adopters have smaller children. Most of the time it is because the dog has jumping on people issues but sometimes the dog has food and toy possession issues.
The German Shepherd I am fostering cannot be placed with families with smaller children or people with disabilities because he is too strong for them (not a jumper or possessive).
You are an absolute doll for fostering and working with an organization that helps dogs get adopted. I know one elderly gentleman that adopted from a GSD rescue. The two of them were best buddies from day one. By buddies, I mean they even had ice cream together each night. Both of their lives improved via the rescue/adoption.
I fostered ten for the German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County (two were for a weekend only and they were adopted) since October 2010. The rescue pays for the food and vet care while you are fostering them.
The Obama economy caused many German Shepherds to become homeless. The rescue was able to get 400 adopted last year and on par for the same this year. At least four of my fosters were victims of people losing their homes.
Here is a great way to help the GSROC, there is no paid staff and does not accept government funding:
This is horrifying. An animal like that needs to be put down.