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13 thoughts on “2009 Dog Bite Fatality: 4-Year Old Boy Mauled to Death by Foster Family's Rottweiler

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  1. So Animal Control and the city knew these dogs were aggressive, received complaints, but didn’t confiscate them.

    They and the parents should be charged with crimes.

  2. This is so awful. That poor little boy.
    Don’t states have laws or guildlines for placing foster children in homes with large powerful dogs?!

  3. You got that right Dude. There should be an inspection of any home prior to placement of foster children. Any caseworker who approves a foster home with dogs like this should face criminal negligence charges.

  4. Last week in Zachary, La. a Man rescued a 10 year old boy from two pit bulls. He cut one of these animals with a knife to get it off the kid. of course the idiot owners are worried about the dog rather than the kid. This was not covered by the local media in Baton Rouge. How many days will we go this year before we see a report on a child or old person mauled or killed by one of these animals?

  5. ” This was not covered by the local media in Baton Rouge.”

    WHAT?!?!? How could that be? The media’s only purpose is to slander pit bull!

  6. Interesting…I met a woman today in Petsmart, while I was looking at the cats up for adoption…she told me that a different Petsmart refused to adopt out a cat to her because she had a Rottweiler.

    So the humane adoption agencies do a better job protecting cats than DYS does protecting children. How terribly, terriblly sad.

  7. We need to get the bully breeds included in child endangerment legislation. In my opinion any parent who has one of those breeds and a child get biten or mauled, the parent should be charged with endangerment and the children placed in foster homes. Sounds cruel to take children away but it’s better than having them die.

    I know of a case where two breeding rotties killed a 2 year old girl. No charges because the child “solicited” the killing by coming into the dog’s territory. Laws need to be changed so that children are not blamed for their own deaths. That is what I am working on.

  8. Mother of foster child killed by a dog gets $260,000 from state

    4/25/2002 — WARE, Mass. (AP) The state has agreed to pay $260,000 to the mother of a 5-year-old boy who was killed by a dog while in foster care last year. Kyle Ross was mauled to death by a Rottweiler last June 9 outside his Springfield foster home.

    Diana Ross, who has two other children in foster care awaiting adoption, told the Springfield Union-News that the out-of-court settlement had strengthened her resolve to get them back. “They figured they’d pay me off and I’d forget my two kids, but I won’t,” Ross, 28, told the Union-News. “I’m going to keep fighting.”

    In addition to the money, which will be paid over time into several trust funds, Ross received a face-to-face apology from the leader of the state Department of Social Services and the right to comment on the new department policies for screening foster parents.

    Kyle Ross’ death triggered a three-month state investigation of 3,776 foster homes and the closure of eight because of aggressive animals and other problems. It also prompted new regulations about how foster parents are selected and what pets they can have.

    The settlement of the wrongful death claim was mediated through the state attorney general’s office. It explicitly states that the department is not admitting liability for Kyle’s death…

  9. I knew this kid and even taught him in Sunday School. He WAS with a GOOD family before the courts drug out the paper work for so long until they decided to move him to a DIFFERENT home even though the one he was in was with family members. This is such a tragedy.

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