Woman Says 8-Year-Old Mauled By Her Pit Bull Kind of Had It Coming

Categories: Animal Welfare

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On Halloween night, an 8-year-old boy walked to the front door of the house at 1703 Danube Drive, a couple of blocks from the Cedar Crest Golf Course. It's not clear from a police report whether he was trick-or-treating or simply visiting the home, as he did from time to time.

Whatever the case, the boy was standing in the yard when a pit bull bolted out the front door and mauled the child before it was pulled away. The boy had large cuts to his legs, chest, and head and was bleeding profusely.

The kid had already been taken to the hospital by the time police and animal control officers arrived. The woman who lived at the house hadn't been home during the incident, but she explained that the pit bull is an inside dog; her daughter had let it out on accident when she opened the front door.

Really, though, it wasn't all the dog's fault, she told police. When the 8-year-old had been over before, she noticed he was too rough with the dog. She doesn't explicitly say that the kid had it coming, but it's pretty well implied. The dog, no doubt, is sweet as can be when he's not mauling small children.

Police spokesman Gerardo Monreal said he didn't have the name of the woman (based on DCAD the house seems to be a rental) and that animal control is now in charge of the investigation. We've contacted the city for additional details. The kid seems to be doing OK, considering the circumstances.

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fernaldus
fernaldus

"More folks are bitten by golden retrievers than by pit bulls", has to rank at the top of sarcasm.  Ask any vet their recommendations for a dog to be around kids - guarantee goldens will be at the top, and pits nowhere in sight.  Thanks for the laugh.

TexMarine
TexMarine

All dangerous dog owners should be added to a national database, photographed, and fingerprinted.  Why would you need a dangerous dog? The police should provide all the security you would ever need. I guess someone who thinks they need an aggressive breed is really afraid of something? Would Michael Moore suggest that this is some sort of latent racism on the dog owners part?

If you haven't picked up on the sarcasm yet, pop another Adderall and drink another glass.  If you own a dog that you 1) cannot trust (re: "he's an inside dog" and 2) think that a dog has the right to attack anyone who's not a real threat, you are an idiot.

Anon
Anon

Under detailed questioning, the owner might have mentioned something about the boy being rough with the dog to police. This anecdote was passed around the precint and exaggerated, until someone mentioned it to the journalist. Now the woman supposedly said the kid "had it coming."

 

That's completely unfair to the owner. There's no indication or evidence given in the article that she actually thought that. All we *know* is that when the police asked the standard questions about whether the boy had met the dog before, and about how they had behaved, the owner gave a full and honest answer.

 

However now, the owner's reputation has been ruined. Maybe this is fair, maybe it isn't, but it's clear that the journalist writing this piece wasn't concerned with that when they invented their headline.

 

Unless there's a video, somewhere, and the woman said all this with a snarl on her face, of course. But I'm guessing it was behind closed doors in a police station.

chrisb.swim
chrisb.swim

To the author of this article:

http://www.hulu.com/watch/417334

I encourage you to watch it. Your sarcastic remark of "The dog, no doubt, is sweet as can be when he's not mauling small children" does not do this breed any justice. You failed to elaborate on any real facts about this case. All you did was bash the dog because it was a Pit Bull. Do you find it the least bit interesting that more people are bit by golden retrievers than pit bulls? However, when this happens journalists publish a headline of "Dog bites child" or  "Child bit by dog." The title of the article does not specify the breed of the dog. Unfortunately people are hurt by irresponsible dog owners all the time. It is quite sad any time this situation happens, however pit bulls seem to get the worst rap because of stupid articles like this. To be quite honest all your 5 paragraph article did was bash the breed. 

engmofo
engmofo

Please define "Pit Bull"...........

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

No, it was the owner's fault. She did not train the dog not to attack people or properly restrain it. She is responsible for the death of the dog and for the child's medical bills.

JustSaying
JustSaying

So this lady left her agressive pit bull at home with a young daughter that was either too young or too stupid to not let it run right out the front door? I'm not sure who should be put to sleep first.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

Wow ... a dog that attacks without command!  I'd just as soon have loaded handguns with the hammer cocked and the safety off strewn around the house ...

 

Regardless of the breed ... this dog definitely fits the "dangerous dog" definition ...

observist
observist topcommenter

In the case of legitimate mauling, the body responds with a huge surge of adrenaline that would allow a small boy to run faster than a dog.  Therefore, we can conclude this was a consensual mauling, and no animal control is necessary.

TexMarine
TexMarine

@chrisb.swim We're not talking about bites; we're talking about a mauling.  I'm sure if you had a choice between a bite and a mauling, you'd take the bite and deny that there's any difference between the two.  If you want to be a responsible advocate for these dogs, then advocate responsible use; like removing them from homes and keeping them on ranches and farms to do their work. Get them out of rentals and neighborhoods and their public image will improve. We all know its the owners, not the dog. But we can't remove people from their homes; we can regulate the animals they posses.

observist
observist topcommenter

 @chrisb.swim

He didn't say anything about the breed.  He just bashed this one dog because it attacked a kid -- which is a pretty good reason to bash a dog, don't you think?

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@Ricky_Hollywood - I have a friend who had a pit bull, and it was the most faithful and affectionate dog he had ever owned. Right up until the day it knocked down the fence and killed the neighbors dog, but even after that, it was faithful and affectionate.

TexMarine
TexMarine

@Tim.Covington "train the dog not to attack people" - sir, this is exactly why pit bull apologists just don't get it.  If you have to, in your words "train the dog not to attack people" then it qualifies as a dangerous animal and should be destroyed.  It's a privilege to own animals in most areas, not a right. If you don't think so, I encourage you to try your local animal control services and see if they don't send armed deputies into your home to take your animal.

MaxNoDifference
MaxNoDifference

 @observist And any puppies created by the consensual mauling are God's will and should not be questioned or destroyed.

engmofo
engmofo

@albert.finney000 Well according to your "anecdotal" story a dog knocks down or gets through a fence & kills another citation please.....

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@MaxNoDifference @observist - That's funny, invoking centuries of religious belief show the lighter side of ghetto mutts.

observist
observist topcommenter

 @jerikjonsson OK, I felt a little bad about it too.  A dog attack is pretty terrifying, even for an adult.  I hope the kid is OK.

TexMarine
TexMarine

@engmofo you're assuming that the authorities would have been involved.  This may be a requirement in most municipalities, but as you can probably guess it's often not done. The "victim" pet owner in these situations would have to report it to the police; if they did then there may be a citation, otherwise you have to accept reality here, which may be hard.  I know of an incident where my step sisters a-hole pit bolted through an open door, ran down the street, killed another dog, and the owners chose not to involve animal control (idiots). They should have certainly done so; I won't let my 4 yr old visit my step-sisters home until that dog is gone.

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@TheCredibleHulk @MaxNoDifference @observist - I don't believe I'll do that just yet, amigo. And there's not a damn thing you can do about it, that must be frustrating.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

@albert.finney000 At least in the SW, the Spanish used the clergy as beachheads. They would establish the towns with missions. The flashpoint for the Incas occurred when the Incan representative tossed a bible on the ground.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

 @albert.finney000  @MaxNoDifference  @observist Funnier than you, Groucho.

 

By the by, it's rich that it is YOU that starts tossing about rules of decorum when you are one of the most prolific bomb-throwers haunting these boards.

 

Piss off, Albert.

CraigT42
CraigT42

 @albert.finney000     You lost me on the long held beliefs part.  No idea what you were saying.  But as far as the Native Americans, their genocide was started by Spanish Conquistadors and slave trading priests, and every single step from Plymouth to the Trail of Tears was justified by the fact that since they weren't Christians and were destined to burn in hell anyhow it didn't matter what was done to them.

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@RTGolden1 @albert.finney000 @MaxNoDifferencei @observist - "foot in mouth", as in speaking of long-held beliefs of millions for centuries publicly against the wishes of those who don't share those beliefs? As for the native Americans, wasn't that due to European greed and Romneyesque vulture real-estate plunder?

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

 @albert.finney000  @MaxNoDifference  @observist You're right, it's terribly insensitive to ghetto mutts, who are, after all, behaving exactly the way God intended them to and their owners bred them to.  We should all feel bad for comparing a simple animal following its natural instincts to two millennia of adherence to strict religious dogma that has intentionally held people in ignorance (Dark Ages), Inspired the most horrid of acts (Inquisition, Native American displacement and massacres, Witch Trials, Slavery, subjugation of women), provided justification to Hitler's Nazism (read some of Luther's writings that aren't taught in catechism), and currently instigates a lot of foot-in-mouth syndrome among Republicans.

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