Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Cape Coral, FL - A toddler died Tuesday morning after being bitten by one of the family's dogs. According to officials, the family's 8-year old male Weimaraner fatally bit Liam Peck, 2-years old, in the neck. Connie Barron, spokeswoman for the Cape Coral Police Department, said EMS transported the boy to Cape Coral Hospital, where he was pronounced dead less than an hour later. Lee County Animal Services seized the dog from the home, along with a female Weimaraner.
Incredibly, yet commonly, this article spends more time talking about what might happen to the seized dogs, one of which killed Liam Peck, rather than focusing on the innocent dead victim. The article also inappropriately includes a quote by Dr. Robert South, an epidemiologist with the Lee County Department of Health. "It really comes down to the ability of the owner to have a well-trained dog and to teach children to be appropriately cautious around animals," he said.
How many 2-year old children understand "appropriately cautious?"1Weimaraner Safety Record
According to the Merritt Clifton report, "Dog Attack Deaths and Maimings, U.S. & Canada, September 1982 to December 22, 2009," and including this most recent fatality, Weimaraners have been involved in one fatal dog attack in the last 27 years. Of the two attacks involving Weimaraners in this period -- attacks serious enough to make the Clifton report -- both involved children. During this same period, pit bulls (excluding pit bull-mixes) accounted for 153 deaths and 777 maimings.
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To help the family pay for Liam's funeral costs, please visit any Fifth Third bank and make a donation to the "Liam Joseph Peck Fund."
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| 12/23/2009 11:40 AM |
When did a dogs life or wellbeing become more valuable than a child's life or wellbeing?
How can people focus on a dog and barely mention the fact that an innocent child is dead?
Honestly, it's unreal. Kill the dog. Then ignore it, focus on the child and the grieving parents. It's not their fault, it was the dog's fault, it should pay for its crime of murder.
| 12/23/2009 3:26 PM |
“Kids play with dogs and pull tails and ears and dogs don’t like that,” said Dr. Robert South, epidemiologist with the Lee County Department of Health.
Well... except for pit bulls which is why they NEVER attack and kill kids.
| 12/24/2009 8:42 AM |
Hardly anything at all in the article about the beautiful boy who just celebrated his birthday this month, just info on the dogs. Most of the comments are horrible, too, accusing the parents of everything from neglect to child abuse and using the dog as a cover up. People really should THINK before they write. That includes journalists. My heart and thoughts go out to the family during this difficult time.
| 12/26/2009 1:42 PM |
AKC breeders call dogs "property"
The equivalent of produced cars or the recently recalled window blinds
Well, if they are property, product, then the AKC needs to accept liability for their property