Jaden Joseph Mack
Wales, UK - A 3-month old baby in south Wales was recently killed by two family dogs: a Staffordshire bull terrier and Jack Russell. We call attention to this tragedy for two reasons. The first is that a grandmother had been watching the baby. In 2008, multiple fatal attacks occurred under the same scenario. In one instance, Cenedi Kia Carey, the two family pit bulls broke through a screen door to reach the child. Precaution, at least to some degree, had been taken and the attack still happened.
- Andrew Stein, 8 months old, Brooklyn, NY
- Cenedi Kia Carey, 4 months old, North Las Vegas, NV
- Iokepa Liptak, 2-months old, Waianae, HA
- Alexander Adams, 2 years old, Las Vegas, NV
The second issue involves the UK's Dangerous Dogs Act of 1991. The act specifically prohibits the American Pit Bull Terrier. But the act fails to include the pit bull class of dogs (U.S. cities nearly always incorporate the full class), which includes: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, bull terrier and any other pure bred or mixed breed dog that is a combination of these dogs. The result is that the UK suffers from a number of devastating attacks by Staffy bull terriers.
"A Staffordshire bull terrier and Jack Russell are believed to have mauled the baby, Jaden Mack, at the woman's home in Ystrad Mynach, 14 miles north of Cardiff. He was pronounced dead at the Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil early yesterday. Police were last night comforting his grieving parents, Christopher and Alexandra.
Shocked neighbours on Commercial Street in Ystrad Mynach said the baby had been staying with his grandmother. One neighbour, Heather Organ, had been watching television when she heard "screaming". "It seemed as if somebody was very distressed or being attacked," the 47-year-old said. "I came out and saw my neighbour and he knocked on the door and asked her to open the door. When the door opened, two dogs ran out.
"At the time I didn't realise what had happened so, rather than let the dogs get hurt, I picked up the Jack Russell and ushered the other one off the road." She continued: "The grandmother came out and she was screaming, 'The baby is dead! He is dead!' There was no blood on the Jack Russell, but with the black one [the Staffordshire bull terrier] I couldn't tell. When I entered the room the baby was obviously dead. The baby had a severe injury to his neck. The police then arrived."
12/01/08: Pit Bull Type Dog -- Staffordshire Bull Terrier -- Attacks Baby
06/22/08: UK Family Staffy Rips Girl's Throat Out
04/12/08: UK Dangerous Dog Act Failed to Ban Breeds within Pit Bull Class