Skip to comments.Conn. child mauled to death
Posted on 10/02/2011 5:38:16 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
WEST HAVEN, Conn. -- A 20-month-old southern Connecticut girl was mauled to death after being attacked by as many as three pit bulls.
The child was visiting her aunt's apartment in West Haven when the attack occurred Friday, authorities told WVIT-TV. She was pronounced dead at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
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Wish I had a buck for every time I read that.
3 pits in an apartment?
This has nothing to do with them being pit bulls. There are just as many deadly attacks by collies, golden retrievers and beagles.
And I forgot English Cocker Spaniels, another equally deadly breed.
Pitbulls don’t kill people, people with pitbulls kill people.
Yes, I have had three Cockers over the years, vicious, dangerous, animals which is why so many gangbangers have them.
One sarcasm deserves another.
Ok, I’m going to seque off this gruesome topic for a moment. My 3 year old son wants a dog. Do you recommend some kind of Cocker Spaniel mix (I’m going to get a rescue dog so it will most likely be a mix)?
The pit bulls are the kings of serious injures and deaths. No other breed comes close. In fact you could total up the deaths caused by collies, golden retrievers and beagles then you would have to times it by 100 to even get close to the deaths caused by pit bulls.
Get a mutt with spaniel in it. Spaniels are great with kids.
A mutt. They are more loyal than any “pure” breed I have ever owned.
Those poor sweet pit bulls. I can only imagine how frightened they must have felt when they saw 20 month old baby charging at them. A Golden Retriever would have reacted no differently to the sight of a child.
Hey, I’m a mutt. All my friends are mutts as well. It’s not really a negative term.
When you have to lock up your dogs while having visitors, there is something wrong.
Reminds me of the time, living in the Bronx, when my Aunts bff, who lived across the hall, her oldest grandchild was living with her and had a German Shepard named Rocky.
Rocky was out for blood. Apparently there was no training this dog. It was actually smart enough to unlock the front door, get out and attack the mailman. Rocky took about 1/2 of his calf.
After that, they had to padlock the front door, as well as the bathroom door (padlock, with lock and key). The bathroom door was padlocked so we could go and visit Mary.
I don't think it's the breed of the dog, but what it is trained or NOT trained to do. We also had a German Shepard. Anyone could come and go into our apartment without being attacked.
The only time Dukey attacked was 1 - when a bullish girl decided to try and attack my sister while she and my Aunt were out walking Dukey. He didn't get her. 2- While my Aunt was bringing back Dukey from his walk, a stranger was apparently following her and stuck his foot into the door so she could not close it. Dukey went on the attack and the perp ran away.
One other time, with my fab Duke....there was a German Shepard that lived all the way up the block from where my Aunt & Uncle lived (when we lived in the Bronx, we would go spend the summer in the "country"). Duke was getting old, so we decided to have him live in Long Island.
This German Shepard from up the block, got loose and came onto our property. We were all little kids and were absolutely frightened. Dukey took this dog and literally threw him into my Aunt & Uncles metal screen door.
This dog ran away and we were saved.
If I may? Re what kind of dog to get for a 3 year old- I highly recommend a Sheltie mix. I had two- my first was SO gentle and SO human-like he ‘herded’ the little ones. They learned to walk by grabbing handfuls of his long coat. NEVER heard one growl or snarl out of him in all of his 13 years. He didn’t have an ounce of mean in him. I could leave him on the couch with a newborn, tell him to ‘watch the baby’ and he laid with his head across the baby’s feet and barked when the baby woke. He’d pull me across the street when he saw a baby stroller. Sweetest, smartest dogs I’ve ever encountered- and I knew someone who had 13 in her house! Never saw one fight among them, ever! And none were neutered- she was a breeder and showed them.
If the dogs have "never been aggressive" why shut them out into another room?
A German Shepard is the most loyal....you just have to be a good enough owner.
Too many people put the responsibility on the dog, where as most of the responsibility comes from the owner.
You can’t tell these people anything. They’re as bad as the fools who support the Cock-a-roach In Chief.
I would personally recommend some type of sheltie or border collie. We have a sheltie/Blue tick Heeler mix and she is very much a herder-type pup.
I had a border collie a similar breed from infancy to 16 years old Like vyour sheltie.
I had a border collie a similar breed from infancy to 16 years old Like vyour sheltie.
All of my three Cockers, one American and two English Cockers have been fun, friendly and playful. Me and my kids had a blast with them. They are very good around children.
The dog will probably outlive the kid in your house and you can save yourself a lot of grief by just saying "No".
I have never been a fan of dogs of any type, unless they can live outside unattended and are well-trained, absolutely obedient and acclimated.
Same with children.
I share this view with famous people who had the courage to vocalize it, like W.C. Fields.
That’s a glowing review of the sheltie. Almost brought tears to my eyes reading it. Seriously. I’m a sucker for loyal-dog stories.
The stuffed kind do not crap in the floor. And there is no overhead.
Had a friend that had a large white shepard. You were OK when you went in the house, the dog sniffed and left you alone....one night they came home and found the side door open, the kitchen and living room had blood and blood trails, the dog was quitely sleeping in his bed...did his job and went to sleep. Nothing was missing from the house, just some blood from the crooks was missed
Most "pitbull" attacks we read about...aren't. Any large dog with strong territorial tendencies is potentially dangerous ESPECIALLY without proper common-sense training. That said, pits have a reputation and that reputation is what attracts some idiots to them. And idiots aren't known for their common sense.
My favorite is the German Shepard. Always has been, always will be.
I would not recommend a Cocker Spaniel for the child.....
Not to mention Yorkshire Terriers.
From Freepers only would make you very rich. The demonic dogs need to be outlawed!
Pit Bulls are miniature African lions.
While there are attacks by other breeds for sure, often Pit bulls are owned by people who want aggressive dogs,and they choose that breed to to train to be aggressive because they are powerful and fearless. I know several people with Pit Bulls that are as lovable and loyal as my Black Lab. Then when those dogs that have been taught to be aggressive get out of control, of course they say the dog has never been mean before.
Sometimes docile dogs are separated from visitors who have an irrational fear of all dogs. And some do.
Some small dogs can be vicious. I have a friend whose 10-pound un-neutered male Maltese has bitten her numerous times. But he is very smart and can be sweet so she loves him
I would never want a Cocker Spaniel.
IIRC, they are quite prone to snapping at people.
If one wants a large dog, the best I ever had was a Rhodesian Ridgeback.
When living in west Tennessee, I was given one as a puppy.
I had never heard of the breed.
When I moved to Slovakia, I found them to be quite common there.
I understand that they were originally raised to hunt lions.
Other then that dog, my best were ALWAYS mixed breeds.
Years back my sister had a white shepard...something about them make them larger than most shepards. don’t know what it is, but that seems to be the case..
I second the ‘anything with spaniels in it’ recommendation. I am a big fan of springer spaniels and almost feel guilty having the two I have now and not having any kids for them. These two are the ultimate kids’ dogs.
“This has nothing to do with them being pit bulls. There are just as many deadly attacks by collies, golden retrievers and beagles.”
Do you have statistics and links to back that up?
Sorry about my last post. I thought you were being serious!
3 pit bulls in an apartment must explain why the unattended child didn’t drown in the backyard pool.
There is a real problem here with parents who take their children to visit people who have pets and don’t take exceptional precautions to know both the pets and their potential interaction with a child.
They never mauled to death the little girl before.
They were such nice dogs.
And for the guy who wished for a buck everytime they say that, ME TOO! I’d be rich and retired.
The attack occurred Friday evening while the child was laying on a blanket on the floor of one room of the third-floor apartment, the New Haven Register reported. The dogs had been in another room but somehow got out. It wasn’t clear whether anyone else was in the room when the attack occurred.
Why? My folks got a little Cocker Sp. when my Mom was 6 months pregnant w/me. It was one of the sweetest, most patient dogs one could own! She was my walking coach when I was learning to walk, and ran along w/me. My Mom was a teacher, and another teacher gave her a little male kitten that she couldn’t take care of. Buttons (the dog)was even gentle w/the kitten!
Buttons didn’t even growl or snap when either my sister or I pulled at her hair or tail when we were little toddlers! (I was about 2 1/2 yrs., and sister was 1)She would lay down and watch over us when we were playing.