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5 thoughts on “2018 Dog Bite Fatality: Baby Killed by Family Dog While Under Her Grandmother's Care

  1. And I bet the family previously had said how "sweet" their dogs were and that they only thing they were capable of was "licking you to death." RIP baby girl, another child sacrificed because of an adult's "pride" in owning a dangerous animal.

  2. Sherman Oaks isn't exactly what one would call a ghetto. It's one of the most affluent parts of the LA area.

    That being said, permit me to share an observation from Tucson: I'm seeing a lot of pit bulls in affluent areas. I would assume that a lot of them are "rescues." Our local humane society and animal control are aggressively marketing pit bulls to the community. Alas, a lot of people fall for this misleading sales pitch.

    It's only a matter of time before our community experiences a similar tragedy. And it would be as likely to happen in the Catalina Foothills as it would on the South Side.

  3. Rest in peace, poor precious child. I can’t begin to imagine the pain and guilt the parents feel, having failed to protect their child.
    I think it’s a problem that we as a society are confused about the purpose of breeds. People consider all breeds as pets, and really only limited amount of breeds were developed as pets and companions. If you think about it for a minute, did these “family” dogs really belong in the home as pets? Rottweiler is what, a working dog? Certainly not a pet to keep on your couch. Labradors are considered to be good family dogs, but really were intended to be hunting dogs, and I hear they can be mouthy, unless well trained. Trained or not, do you want to use your child as a guinea pig to check how well trained that dog really is? Terriers are hunting dogs too, right? They’re high energy. Unless it’s a tiny Yorkie, specifically designed to be a lap dog, leave them to hunters.
    Rottweilers should not be kept as pets, in my opinion, they are plain dangerous. Most certainly not in a home with small children. Big Labrador? Its kind of ok, but should never be left unsupervised with a small child. If it’s a fragile infant, then no Labrador in her face, even if he appears friendly, the stakes are too high. They’ll have a chance to bond later, when the child is older and more resilient, and actually cares about the dog. Same with terrier, no need to let him get too close to infants. Teach him to be submissive in the baby’s presence, always supervise, and never let him get in her face. Any dog could have a glitch and snap for no reason, and for a tiny precious infant, the consequences could be disastrous.
    Get your priorities straight, parents. Don’t go with the flow and get dogs that are “considered” family dogs, when they really shouldn’t be. Think for yourself, protect your child, remember that dog is just an animal after all. You wouldn’t expose your child to a wild animal, would you? Raccoons, kangaroos, anyone? No? You wouldn’t do that, because you know they can hurt your child. Well, dogs have been domesticated for a long time, but they’re still animals, and their animal instincts can show any minute, so stay vigilant.

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