So little miss holier than thou walks her dangerous dogs in public without a muzzle, shocking... at least they are fenced in though eh
I hope this kid recovers and the finer details of the story are brought out, sad sad sad
I wonder is the dog warden and media asking questions like "when was the dog last walked or taken out for a run"
These dogs in particular need an abundance of exercise, - and are not happy creatures if they don't get it.
But I'm sure the assumption is that this was a "bad dog" and the question of whether it received appropriate care is irrelevant?
Its interesting, - having lived in Australia where dogs in general are much (much!) better cared for than here, - I'd rarely be apprehensive approaching any dog. However, here the opposite is true.
How do you know my dogs are dangerous? Please refrain from the accusations. You know nothing about my dogs so keep your comments to yourself.
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I really would love to know the whole history behind what happened here, according to the article they got the dog for Christmas. What I would wonder is this another Christmas puppy who was thrown out the back on Stephen's day, never properly socialised or even walked, then the child decides to go out the back and play with his Christmas present, who then sees him as another puppy and decides to play as he would with a puppy by biting and wrestling. Or did the child pull the dog's ears or tail and the dog snapped. Or was it a genuine case of a dog 'flipping' for whatever reason (something like rage syndrome) and going besirk on the poor child. A quote from the owner in the paper said ''I can't understand it. He wasn't growling or looking angry'', maybe he wasn't angry, maybe he really was trying to play. I guess we'll never know, but I doubt the media will cover all aspects of the attack. Personally I would be more inclined to buy a paper which had 'Dog attacks child because of poor ownership and never being socialised' than 'toddler mauled by devil husky' but I guess that isn't the kind of sensationalist headline that sells. At least the child walked away with his life.
I think people mauling husky's outweighs husky's mauling people. Its a sad story but there is more to this story about how the dog is treated.
Totally agree, and could you link to the article that says they got the dog for christmas please?
I only read it in the actual newspaper, I can't seem to find it online anywhere, sorry!
Oh no worries, so the dog was a christmas pup, hmm, that is hardly a good sign.
So that would make the Husky 6 months old if even ? ? A 6 month old husky flipping a 2 year old in the air i find hard to believe. Anybody think this might just be a 6 month old husky mouthing and playing ?
Very sad story. Hope the little boy gets better asap.
I feel very sorry for the dog too though. It's my belief these things happen from poor ownership. Unfortunately it's all too common that dogs are just seen as another novelty gift and then thrown out the back when the novelty wears off. People overlook the huge responsibility that goes into owning an animal, which leads to stories like this one. Very sad.
The obvious question this raised for me however was why on earth a young child was left unsupervised with a dog.
Good point, spot on. I'm not excusing the dog but I'd be asking questions of the owner as well.
These dogs are a working dog breed. Because most of us don't have sleds or rigs on wheels to work/exercise them, it means they need
- at least one walk daily.
- a normal run area is not adequate
- run area needs to be at least half an acre IMO.
- they need supervised leash free time in a suitable area, incorporated into their walks preferably
- alot of human contact, alot means if you're at home, it suits them much better if they're alowed to hang around your presence. Ie if you're inside the dog should have the option of being inside too, instead of being left outside on his own. They get bored very easily and for them just to be able to sit on your toes in the sitting room or nuzzle your hand as you go about your business around the house. I just couldn't under estimate the benefits of this preventing boredom/depression.
I'm not a behaviourist but it's my belief that this group of dogs are very highly susceptible to depression if they have inadequate exercise and human contact, which will have an impact on their temperament.
They're well capable of flipping a 2year old at that age. Most likely, knock them first, then grab them.
I don't think it matters whether the dog was mouthing or playing. Ya maybe the child antagonised him, which I also think doesn't really matter at this point. What's done is done.
The question is 'what was a 2 year old doing at 8pm at night on their own in a back garden alone with a dog, no matter what kind of dog he was?
Most kids that age are in bed by 8 never mind being outside!
My heart goes out to the family, there's no winners here, but I think the parents have a lot of questions to answer to the relevant social authorities in this case, if in fact the above details are correct that is.
You own a husky yet you wonder are they on the restricted breeds list. Their not and should never be, no breed should be on that list. The comments under the article are unbelievable written by hysterical people who clearly know nothing about dogs, someone even calling this dog a pit bull! A tragic accident is what it is but the breed as a whole should not be blamed. We don't know the circumstances surrounding the accident so can't comment on whether the child was left alone with the dog or what environment the dog was kept in.
I assume you're referring to me, if not apologies in advance, but I have no doubt that Samoyeds of which I own 2, shouldn't be on the RB list. I couldnt read where you got that impression.
There's an underlying risk with all dogs where young kids are concerned, doesn't mean they should be on a R.B. list though.