Skip to comments.Baby's first birthday party turns to tragedy when he is killed by family's mastiff dog
Posted on 05/01/2012 4:32:59 AM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
A baby boy has died after he was attacked by his familys mastiff dog during his first birthday party.
A day after turning one, Jeremiah Eshew-Shahan was at his grandmothers house in Las Vegas when he crawled over to the dog a mastiff-rhodesian mix weighing about 120 pounds and started to pet him. The dog then attacked the baby, sinking his teeth into Jeremiahs head and shaking him...
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Dogs are dogs. They are prey animals.
Seriesly, dudes. When you have a big party, lock the dog in a back bedroom.
A dog that is perfectly fine the other 364 days of the year will have a very hard time dealing with all of the strange people and things he will see at a big party. The risk of having him act out agressively is way, way up on these days.
Your guests will thank you.
Come on dog lovers! Let's hear how dogs are never to blame for the injuries they inflict. It was the owner. (Which technically speaking is correct. If the idiots didn't have a dog, then their child wouldn't have been killed.)
yeah, that would suck...
The one he bit is dead and the dog is going to be killed anyway.
What sense does the delay make at this point? Why not put him down right away?
To make sure no one was infected by saliva.
>>Come on dog lovers!<<
I’m a dog lover. I love my dog enough to realize that her instinct will kick in. I love her enough to know that she is a dog.
And I’m a kid lover. I have NEVER trusted a dog when I am not part of that pack. People think that dogs are human and have humanity in thought, when actually, their dog is their dog and will do what needs to be done to protect their pack. So, dogs are only allowed around my babies when they are supervised closely (like baby on my lap), even my own. This dog is being put down because he did what God meant him to do. Sad.
Friends had a dog that was constantly killing neighbor pets, and they never seemed concerned having it around their baby.
They were lucky it never attacked a person, but I never understood it.
Yes you are quite correct - they think of them as furry people. They're not. they're dogs - animals.
frankly speaking, I find this sort of thought pattern in a human a bit bizarre. None of the people I know refer to their pack.
So, dogs are only allowed around my babies when they are supervised closely (like baby on my lap), even my own...
I have to ask, Why is it so important to have a dog? You apparently are an intelligent person, and are well aware that dogs are dangerous and can hurt your children. To me one child is worth a million dogs. Why put any child at risk? Dogs killing children is not common, but dogs injuring children severely enough to require the services of a plastic surgeos is a very common event.
I seriously doubt this was about prey.
This was about jealously & probably territory.
I have owned dogs for more than 30 years. Dogs can be VERY jealous of all the attention a baby receives. Friends of mine had to give away their beloved Schnauzer after it growled & snapped at their newborn baby several times. That dog clearly did not accept that baby. Scolding the dog & locking him outside just made the dog more unhappy.
That dogs are protective of their territory is well known. From the story, I gather the child & parents were visiting grandma, where the dog lived. Not only was the baby a loud, attention stealing invader of the dog’s home, but it had the audacity to crawl into the dog’s personal space. No one beyond a pro dog handler invades a dog’s personal space without proper introduction & familiarization.
Until a dog confidently/willingly approaches the child, gives him a full sniffing, & gives the child an affectionate lick, the child is not safe with the dog. Even then, I would not leave them alone together until they had BOTH clearly bonded.
This is so sad. Obviously, the baby was not at fault. The parents were just ignorant of the ways of a dog.
We have two white shepherds that we love dearly however they went outside when our first son was born. We only allow our children and dogs to be together if they are closely supervised.
A family member recently asked us, “When do the dogs get to come back inside.” I told them, when the children are old enough and big enough to be seen as masters and not equals or prey.
I used to have mastiffs. they were big, lovable drool machines, until they weren’t. Then they became vicious. It broke my heart, but I had to have them put to sleep. I couldn’t risk them killing a child or a trespasser or a meter reader, but they were fully capable of doing that.
These threads used to be dominated by the dog apologists... did we shame them all away?
“frankly speaking, I find this sort of thought pattern in a human a bit bizarre. None of the people I know refer to their pack.”
I am the lead dog of my pack and the dogs know it.
I am also the lead horse of my herd and the horses are well aware of it. Spurs work.
It is not at all bizarre for people who around dogs and horses all the time. Pretty much the rule.
Certainly, dogs are not human. But they do clearly display emotions. Happiness, sadness, fear, anger, jealously, & selfishness are all evident in dogs.
Numerous stories & videos posted here at FR bear this out. The sadness of the dog mourning at the casket of his master, & the euphoria of a dog reuniting with his master are just 2 recent, unmistakable displays of dog emotion.
There needs to be heavy fines and jail time involved when someone’s dog seriously maims or kills another human being. They have pens for dogs like this...use them. I have neighbors who walk their rotties and pit bulls around a residential neighborhood with children present...I ask them if they are carrying liability insurance. Tick, tick, tick...
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