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14 thoughts on “2018 Dog Bite Fatality: Family Pit Bull-Mix Kills 4-Year Old Boy in Bexar County, Texas

  1. Just disgusting and sad. That dog looks pampered. He also appears to be strutting and happy because he did what he was bred to do. Looks like he wants praise for his actions.

  2. And another dog with a known history of killing neighborhood animals is considered by the dog owner's family to be "safe" around humans. So what if the dog killed a few neighborhood animals, surely that's not an indicator that the dog could attempt to harm humans as well? A young child had to suffer for the negligence of pet owners who refused to take responsibility for their dangerous dog. If your dog is killing other cats or dogs, it's time to euthanize your dog.

  3. How heartbreaking. And unnecessary. I always wonder after reading these stories, are the parents who own these dogs ignorant of how many children have been killed by "family-friendly" pit-bulls? Or did they know, but willing to risk their child's life that they would be one of the lucky ones who wouldn't have a killer pit-bull? What kind of person would bet their child's life in a lottery? And if ignorance, than I hold all the pro-pit-bull lying and manipulating organizations responsible for the child's death. On one hand, I guess it doesn't matter, the child is dead, the siblings forever scarred, as well as the parents. On the other hand, for a normal, non-narcissistic person, I think recovery would be easier, knowing the death was caused by ignorance, and not stupid, "I can beat the odds" type thinking.

  4. The fatalities caused by pit bulls will only get higher as more and more will be adopted out of shelters! When will people wake up to the truth that they are not a safe breed? When pit bulls are the cause of 90 percent of the fatalities involving dog bites will people still say they are no different than any other dog breed? SMH!

  5. Today we had a client come in with a "mix" breed that he had just adopted from the shelter. As soon as the technician went into the room, all that could be heard was growling, barking and the sound of nails on the table. The tech came out and was giving a pass down to the Dr that was going in to examine the dog. Righht. So, as soon as the Dr stepped into the room, the chaos erupted again. The Dr said that the dog was biting the owner's arms trying to get to the Dr and was trying to jump over the table to get to him.The owner said that they were trying to get the dog to a trainer…..yea, you are really going to train this level of aggression out of this dog….but they have not yet. Anywhoo,,, the paperwork that the owner brought in with this dog from the shelter had several bullet points that that owner had to initial acknowledging that 1.) This dog could not be taken to dog parks, 2.) was not to be taken around children, 3.)O was to use caution with this dog when it is around strangers/ new people, 4. ) O was to keep it on a leash when it is taken outside. There were a couple more things but these were the most prominent red flags that , to an intelligent person, would be an immediate deal breaker. When this dog does maul or kills someone, the shelter can then say that it was the owner's fault for not adhering to the agreement that he initialed.
    This dog should not have been adopted out . PERIOD. I am angry that the " save at all cost mentality supercedes the safety of the general public.

  6. Concerned Vet Tech that sounds criminal. It crosses too many liability thresholds — for both the adopter and the entity that adopted it out. It was reckless to send this dog home with anyone and reckless to want to bring it home!

  7. Sellers of dogs (private or commercial), public or private animal shelters, and rescue organizations and adoption groups (including non-profits) (collectively referred to as "transferors") have certain legal obligations when they place a dog with a new owner. A breach of any of those obligations can result in civil liability and even criminal charges, and can lead to public mistrust.

    The prior owner of a dog cannot normally be held responsible for harm caused after ownership is transferred, provided that the prior owner retained no further interest in the dog and did not misrepresent its temperament or warrant that it would not create the harm in the future. For an excellent discussion of various possible causes of action based on harm occuring after transfer of ownership of a dog, see Blaha v. Stuard (2002) 640 NW 2d 85 (South Dakota Supreme Court).

    Civil liability will result from adopting out a dog that is known to be dangerous, is known to have dangerous propensities, or is misrepresented as being safe when the transferor has no reasonable basis to make that representation.

    A dog known to be dangerous or vicious must be put down or cured of its potentially injurious tendency. https://dogbitelaw.com/adoption-organization-liability-for-dog-bites/the-legal-duties-of-a-transferor

  8. So true Colleen, BUT many shelters are willing to take a chance that THAT pit bull won't kill anyone. They are willing to roll the dice with OTHER people's lives and pets so they can avoid euthanizing another pit bull, or so they can make their 'live release' rates look good on paper.

  9. Ka_D it's true that any shelter wants to improve its "live release" rate but I will have to agree that it's irresponsible to knowingly adopt out an animal that has shown aggressive tendencies or was surrendered for being aggressive.

    I volunteered in a shelter -years before the current pitbull craze–and we carefully watched the behavior the dogs we had. They lived with fosters until they were adopted so we got a good idea of each dog's general disposition. I can only really recall maybe one or two out of several hundred dogs who had an aggression problem. It was sad but we would euthanize aggressive dogs since they had little chance of being adopted and also to protect people who were potentially adopting a dog. It breaks my heart to euthanize a healthy animal but I can't imagine how I would feel if I adopted out a dog that ended up mauling its owner, other animals in the household, or the kids in the house.

  10. The 03/27/18 update confirms that a family member and a friend of the family identified this dog as a pit bull-mix. Photos are only part of the body evidence (when they are available), especially when they are partial like this one. We explain this year after year in our annual Breed Identification posts.

    2017 Fatal Dog Attack Breed Identification Photographs
    2016 Fatal Dog Attack Breed Identification Photographs
    2015 Fatal Dog Attack Breed Identification Photographs
    2014 Fatal Dog Attack Breed Identification Photographs
    2013 Fatal Dog Attack Breed Identification Photographs

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