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32 thoughts on “2023 Dog Bite Fatality: Pit Bull-Mix that Killed Child on Halloween in Northeast Spokane, Washington was Recently Adopted

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  1. Poor boy died viciously by his “family pet” if I guess the family is going to said the pitbull isn’t dangerous it the owner or the pitbull love Colton Colton and the dogs was bestie Colton and the pitbull was close since the day he was born or my all time favorite Colton scare him when he was trick or treating or he was to loud when he was eating his candy.this isn’t a tragic accident if he family gotten a Dalmatian bichon frise or a jack russell but I guess they fell for the pitbull are family dog cult.

  2. “SCRAPS took custody of the dog’s body.” This should have been “SCRAPS took custody of the dog’s carcass.” What you said, Colleen, also sounded fine: “took custody of the deceased dog.”

    This may sound subtle to some people but it was elevating this animal. It doesn’t sound subtle to me at all – it was jarring. Dogs have been elevated too much in society today – it’s why dangerous ones are in people’s homes. They shouldn’t be allowed to endanger people by existing but instead they’re being coddled and people’s lives are being destroyed as a result. It was a worthless dog and its death doesn’t result in a “body”, just a carcass or a dead dog.

    My sympathy for Colton and his family.

  3. Why can’t parents choose safe dogs for their children’s pets?
    How about a cat? It is well known that pitbulls are dangerous. They are not nanny dogs. They are killers.
    They kill other breeds of dogs, cats, horses, cattle, goats, sheep, and people of all ages.
    Does this sound like a good, trustworthy breed of dog?
    Certainly if people go to shelters to “adopt”, they will hear that pitbulls are great pets. However, they should research this on their own. Shelters don’t necessarily give correct information.

    How sad this little boy had to die simply because his family chose the most dangerous breed of dog to be the family pet.

    • This is what I will NEVER understand, Don’t you RESEARCH a breed before you bring into your home? Especially if you have children? There are so many terrific, SAFE dog choices to choose from. These blood sport dogs need to be made to made illegal to own and go extinct.

  4. Years ago while living in walla walla, I had a friend who raised three pit bulls from pups that he found behind a house … he kept in in his house … but they were Dangerous and could not be trusted. U had to be on your guard at all times. He finally got rid of em …

  5. How many kids have to die by pit before it stops being an accident?
    You only have to do five minutes of research to know how foreseeable this is.

  6. It’s the same old story day after day, year after years. “The pit bull was never aggressive before.” “The child played with it.” Oh, what a terrible “accident.” The animal trainer made me spit nails with her lame excuse about the doorbell. How many other children were killed that night when the doorbell rang? (In fact, the police said it had nothing to do with halloween.) She also had the gall to say people should put barriers between their children and the dog. This is insane. These news stories always trot out some “expert” to make excuses for the killer. They miss a golden opportunity to educate parents about how dangerous these dogs are. That carnage in the kitchen must have been a real-life horror movie. God bless that little innocent boy.

  7. “ Roger Hammers, who lives next-door, told KHQ that a grandmother, grandfather and a 4-year old boy live in the home with a pit bull-mix. ”

    That poor child didn’t have a chance.

  8. The parents must be arrested, tried, and held accountable for either involuntary manslaughter or third degree murder or a lesser charge. People must understand if they choose to keep poisonus or vicious animals as “pets” and they attack someone they will be arrested and prosecuted.

    Without the owners being arrested and prosecuted these killings will continue unabated.

  9. It’s bad enough that little Colton was killed by a pit bull. To find out that the pit savage owner was also a pedophile is extra sickening. Why didn’t the Grandma do a simple background check on her “man” before allowing him around little Colton? Could it be because she is a trashy woman? Yes, that’s why. She lost custody of Colton’s mother (her daughter) and also stole from her daughter. Per daughters FB posts. Trashy dogs for trashy people. I hope the Grandma is arrested too!

  10. This post has been updated to show that the dog was indeed adopted out by SCRAPS. They still have not responded to our FOIA.

    • Shelters don’t care one iota if a dog is dangerous! They’ve become pit/bully breed warehouses. Our Central TX shelters are using pop-up crates to house those savages. A whole lot of those savages are “unicorn” beasts. No kids, no cats, no other dogs, no visitors, no laughing, no crying, no breathing. It’s insane and criminal!

      • Some shelters do care. We are in the minority, to be sure. We are constantly accused of being uncaring and dog killers because we take public safety seriously. No kill is a horrific disaster.

  11. We fortunately do have one hero Commonwealth’s Attorney here in Virginia. David Ledbetter of Waynesboro who prosecuted the grandparents of Olivia Grace Floyd after the child was killed by a Rottweiler in their home. Even a cursory reading of this case suggests that the grandmother should be charged with felony child neglect or endangerment.

  12. Not every person can psychologically and socially develop to respects other peoples’ right to be and feel safe in our high density, modern environments. There are people who enjoy intimidating and harming other people. To help mask their anti-social desires they virtue signal, pretending to be so kind they save discarded dogs. Dogs they know will scare and harm people.

    A society has to see through this deceptive sophistry to make society safe for people. Here in Toronto a woman recently said on CBC Radio she has stopped taking her child to the local park because it has become more dog friendly than child friendly. How did our societies become so anti-social? Is this a reaction against the accommodations domineering, egotistic people resent. Those who resent having to adapt can buy dogs to go around neighbourhoods making people feel unsafe to satisfy their resentment.

    What could be more valuable to a civilized person than to value making people feel and be safe in their neighbourhoods? Why I do not consider animal shelters authentically humane. Very much the opposite. Why sites like this exist. To reveal the cruelty dog owners inflict on humanity. Hitler and Goebbels passed the most stringent laws protecting dogs in 1933. There is nothing new in this deceptive behaviour.

  13. The city of Spokane council members should be ashamed. Four weeks before this child was killed (most likely closer to savagely slaughtered) by a dog that likely couldn’t pass the Bullseye behavior test the council members voted to ban euthanasia for behavioral reasons. Now they have tied their own hands! They are responsible for this tragedy! Add to their idiocy the idiocy of the Governor of Washington state who did away with the ability of cities to ban Pitbulls! The reasoning behind this decision…
    Not everyone can afford to buy a “nice breed”! So here we see what kind of dog you can get for $28. Was it worth it Governor Inslee? Was it worth it Spokane City Council members?
    The no kill movement is misguided at best and madness at its worst which is what we see here.
    When I first went to work in a county shelter all Pitbull and Pitbull mixes were automatically euthanized if they were not claimed by their owner. I still think that is an admirable policy but the county officials want to be re-elected regardless of the potential harm to the citizens they are supposed to represent. And, increasingly, shelter managers are politically motivated to fall into line behind the no kill movement. Disgusting.

    • If the spay and neuter crowd had been a little less adamant about friendly dogs having litters and a little more focused on what they were *really* worried about–massive amounts of pitbulls clogging up the joint–there’d be a lot more friendly mutts hanging out at the local dog pounds and a lot less pitbulls.

      Add in No Kill and it was a recipe for disaster.

      Just sayin’.

  14. This poor little boy put in such a dangerous situation of human and animal predators by his own grandmother. Of course the sick pedophile chose the obvious pit bull instead of the sweet old Boston Terrier or the fluffy husky mix.

  15. Thanks “No-Kill Act”, thank you SO much for encouraging shelters to develop a savior complex, lie about a dogs’ history, and sell the dogs to just anyone!

  16. Are. You. Kidding. Me?

    They SOLD (because that’s what it is) this *dangerous* apex predator to someone? A dog that murdered a child?

    THAT’S the update?

    {{{drums fingers on table}}}

    …just here waiting for the massive lawsuit that closes that idiot shelter down for good.

    Too bad some other kid will be mauled to get it done. Because there is nowhere in this world that children do not exist.

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