Now lets see if we understand the facts on this story, 35-40 dogs were found on the property, and the dog in question was kept chained to a tree. How charming! I feel for this family, but yet again, we have a story about too many dogs, the chaining of dogs, and we still want to blame the dogs! What is missing here is that dogs were never meant to be chained, it goes against their instincts, their natural way of life. How can anyone expect an animal not to have issues when it is denied the right to freedom, wouldn’t you go insane if you were tethered and ignored? Never allowed to walk freely, and never socialized around other animals or people?
It sounds like the family has had its share of tragedy, but any fool could see there was danger in the making here, this is exactly what I try to speak out against because it ALWAYS end in a tragedy of one sort or another. I find it hard to believe that no one knew how many dogs were on that property, and why would any mother allow a toddler to be in a situation like that in the first place? The police officer wants to blame the dog, but come on!
What I want to know is why is that grandfather not behind bars? I’m sorry to the family but really, this man was very irresponsible, obviously neglectful in the duties of caring for and having that many dogs, not to mention he should have never been allowed to keep that many dogs in the first place! I feel sorry for that little boy, what a horrible thing to have happen, and a horrible way to die. I feel sorry for the family, there is no greater or more profoundly felt pain than the loss of a child, but accountability is in order here.
It is a shining example of abuse, neglect, child endangerment, and ignorance all rolled up one little tale, again we see media bias at its finest, why is it that nobody heard about the little boy attacked last week by an English Mastiff? Or the story about a little girl attacked by a Blue Healer three weeks ago? I am constantly amazed at how stupid humans can be! This is why BSL exists in the first place!
I will say that I do not object to the euthanization of dogs that have attacked. I believe that if a dog is aggressive and has attacked people or other dogs, it is a threat to the safety of the community as a whole, and should be put down. But ultimately we are responsible for shaping these dogs, we domesticated them and a great responsibility comes with that , if you are not ready to take on that responsibility than you should not own a dog, period!
I wish I could take these dogs out of the hands of ignorant and neglectful humans, we do these stupid things, we abuse, jail and neglect them, and then want to vilify these dogs because of it. This child did not ask to be born into the hands of neglectful family members, this dog did not ask to be chained and ignored.
This story just played right into the hands of an irresponsible media, and those who wish to see BSL stick I makes me very angry, angry at the media, angry with this family and angry with a system that allows neglect and irresponsibility to continue. Again this story makes front page news but its disgraceful that the above mentioned stories did not. This all makes me sick to my stomach, nothing good comes from situations like this one, what a shame!