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18 thoughts on “2020 Dog Bite Fatality: Infant Dies After Dog Attack in Schofield Barracks in Honolulu, Hawaii

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  1. People know that dangerous canines are unpredictable and are also capable of swiftly delivering fatal wounds in full-auto mode, but these same people force everyone to constantly roll the dice and play the tragic game. It is the same old thinking: “Everyone else’s dogs are potentially dangerous, but my dog is always friendly and just wants to say Hi.” This thinking is proven false, routinely, thousands of times a day, and severely, thousands of times a week, and extremely severely, thousands and thousands of times a year in this country. This thinking error is not born of cognitive impairment; rather, it is born of overtly manifest narcissism.

    • The last time a dog owner insisted that the dogs were friendly, one of his dogs bit me. All I was doing was minding my own business while trying to get past the guy and those two dogs.

      They weren’t pit bulls or any other dangerous breed. But the lesson was clear: Steer clear of all dogs while taking a walk.

  2. My money is on pit bull/ pit bull mix. Many Hawaiians sees the pit bull as their state dog. I will be very surprised if this turns out to be a sheperd.

    • First off. Just because you live in Hawaii it doesn’t make you “hawaiian”. The attack happened on a military base and the family is Caucasian from out of state. So it definitely could be a shepherd

      • At least one commenter said the dog was a shepherd. The truth is, the breed information may never be released. It is also true that Honolulu police are investigating. So, perhaps more information will be shared?

      • I use the term Hawaiian like I use the terms Californian, Floridians, New Yorkers, New Englanders, Charlestonians, and Georgians. It means you live there as a resident. I am not talking about Polynesian people.

      • There is no dog-breed-check, unfortunately. So people call their pit bulls or other banned breeds, “terrier mix,” “lab mix,” etc. on the paperwork and nothing comes of it.
        It’s against the rules, but no one is there to enforce them.

  3. I honestly don’t care what breed it was. There’s no excuse for such an attack. This little baby was just sitting in a carseat! This dog, whatever it was, needs to be put down if it hasn’t already.

  4. The baby should never have been left unattended with any dog of any breed.
    I don’t believe that all dogs recognize an infant is a little human being. Because of carelessness, an innocent baby and a dog are dead. If the dog hasn’t been destroyed, it will be.

    Note that every time I sell a puppy, I tell the new owners to never, under any circumstances, leave a dog unattended with any infant. Breed does not matter.
    I believe a Chihuahua could kill a baby if it bit in certain places.

    • Surely we humans smell ‘similar’ to each other…A dog cannot mistake a baby human for another dog or any other ‘animal’ the poor little baby was probably asleep… there is no excuse for a dog that attacks and kills a baby this young, some dogs kill babies that are left alone and some kill babies right in front of adults/carers (babies have been ripped out of adults arms!)
      this is MY opinion

  5. I have a four month old at home we don’t live far from where this happened. We got a dog last September that always had food aggression and sometimes growled but was otherwise a lovable, smart dog. After the baby was born, He bit my hand; and my in-laws insisted on taking him in to try to neuter/get training. The dog ended up attacking my mother in law breaking her hand. She’s okay now and he was put down. But thinking of what could have happened and seeing this is devastating. So sad. Might have been safer to put him down the first time he bit someone, or not have had a dog anywhere near our infant in the first place.

    • I’m with Bailey on this one. It was not a little fuzzy ball of fluff or a beagle. It was a power/working breed. Whatever breed it was, the responsible adult knew that he/she was obviously placing the child at risk of grave threat. The person made a wilful decision to place the child in danger, due to convenience and/or narcissism and/or lack of Love.

    • In July 2020, we looked at neonate deaths (≤1 month old) over a 15-year period:

      54% Pit bull
      29% Husky
      7% German shepherd
      4% Alaskan malamute
      4% Bulldog (unspecified)
      4% Chow chow
      4% Labrador retriever
      4% Shar pie
      4% Unknown
      4% Wolf-dog hybrid

      Northern breeds combined = 43%
      (Husky, Alaskan malamute, Chow chow, Shar pie and Wolf-dog hybrid)
      4% equals 1 death

      Earlier in October, we looked at infant deaths (<1 year old) over a 15-year period:

      48% Pit bull
      14% Husky
      11% Rottweiler
      8% German shepherd
      5% Labrador retriever
      2% Alaskan malamute
      2% American bulldog
      2% Bulldog (unspecified)
      2% Catahoula leopard dog
      2% Chow chow
      2% Doberman
      2% Giant schnauzer
      2% Golden retriever
      2% Jack Russell
      2% Mastiff/Bullmastiff
      2% Mixed-breed
      2% Shar Pei
      2% Shiba Inu (two dogs in this case)
      2% Unknown
      2% Wolf-dog hybrid

      Northern breeds combined = 22%
      (Husky, Alaskan malamute, Chow chow, Shar pie, Shiba Inu and Wolf-dog hybrid)
      2% equals 1 death

      One of these attacks involved four different dog breeds: Pit bull, bulldog (unspecified), Alaskan malamute and German shepherd. Talk about having a house full of large dogs and a neonate. Two adults were arrested afterward.

  6. Saw a mask-less couple walking around in the store with a pit bull this morning. I thought, well, at least they are consistent in their disregard for their own and others’ safety…

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