Thursday, April 28, 2011
UPDATE 04/28/11: In an unusual development, authorities have arrested Valerie Carlson, 29, the mother of a toddler who was killed by the family dog last July. At the time of the incident, the family had been living in Tierrasanta, a military housing area. The mother had been asleep on a couch downstairs, when the dog attacked Aaron Carlson in front of his three siblings upstairs. Carlson is facing five felony counts of cruelty to a child with possible injury or death.
08/01/10: Death Ruled an Accident
The San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office ruled the death of Aaron Carlson an accident. Police said the family dog, named Zeus, fatally attacked the young boy Saturday while his three siblings were in the same room. According to police Lt. Rick O’Hanlon, no criminal charges are pending against the mother who was home during the event. An autopsy showed that the boy died of bite injuries to his head and neck. The dog was put down.
It is important to point out that when fatal dog attacks occur on military base housing, the military greatly limits U.S. media access. In the most recent incident involving Aaron Carlson, reporter Doug Kolk states in an early video, "Because this occurred inside military housing, this is as far as we can get to the crime scene." The media has even less access when the incident actually occurs on base, such as the deaths of Julian Slack (2008) and Dandre Fisher (2007).
Despite this truth, pit bull advocates are already clamoring to call the death of Aaron Carlson another "media conspiracy" against pit bulls by under reporting it.
07/31/10: Child Killed by Family Dog
San Diego, CA - In a developing story, a 2-year old boy was killed by a pet dog in Tierrasanta, a military housing area within the City of San Diego. According to Police Department Sgt. Ray Battrick, the incident happened at 11:33 am at a home on Lofberg Street. The boy was attacked in front of his siblings in an upstairs bedroom, while the mother was sleeping on a couch downstairs. The father is an active serviceman and currently deployed overseas.
The family has owned the dog, a 1.5-year old German shepherd-mix, for about 6 months.
08/21/09: Editorial: Deflating the "Media Conspiracy" Fueled by Pit Bull Groups
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| 8/01/2010 11:41 AM |
Take a look at some wolf hybrids DogsBite, they do not all carry the common color characteristics of wolves. Of course the breeding history must be known:
| 8/01/2010 5:25 PM |
It looks, from that one picture, like a Malinois cross to me. And you know which breed is currently being crossed with the Malinois and sold as the ultimate guard dog in southern CA, right?
I would place my bets that that dog is a Malinois/Pit cross.
| 8/01/2010 9:06 PM |
Trigger, I see some of the dogs on the links are with a CA rescue. You have to have a permit in CA for a wolf hybrid. I think I might report this group. I know of no other groups adopting out hybrids.
It was hard to tell from the picture but it looked like a Belgium SheepDog to me. I say that because it looks a great deal like my dog and he is a chow mix but can easily pass for a BSD until he opens his black mouth.
| 8/02/2010 10:12 AM |
That's an excellent point about the reporting being affected by the military's ability to control media access.
And as far as the new report video, the reporting seems exactly like reporting of pit maulings. They show the video of the stressed out animal in a cage, and then they go on to point out how high the GSDs are on the dangerous dogs list.
What they don't ever mention is the fact that rotts are a distant #2 and GSDs are a distant #3 after pits as #1.
| 8/03/2010 10:10 AM |
Siblings of boy mauled by family dog are taken by Child Welfare:
"The move to take custody of the three other children is a routine precaution while officials determine whether their parents can adequately care for them, authorities said."
| 4/29/2011 9:26 AM |
I think Dad came home and raised some holy hell. Can't say that I blame him. Five felonies is no joke. Destroyed lives all over the place in this case. Welcome to the U.S. prison system Valerie. You are going to be "enrolled" for quite some time.
| 5/06/2011 12:26 AM |
One is a dangerous beast, the other is a monster. One is going to be pumped full of phenobarbital to be euthanized, the other is going to be inside a cage for quite a while. Like owner, like dog.
Good job, Valerie. You get the most ironic life this week award. Enjoy prison.