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A 3-Week-Old Baby is Killed by the Family Husky-German Shepherd Mix

Friday, August 25th, 2017

Deutsch: Husky

Deutsch: Husky (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On July 29, 2017, in Bangor Maine, a three-week-old baby was attacked by the family dog, a husky-German shepherd mix. The baby was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died on August 6. Detective Sgt. Brent Beaulieu of Bangor said that at about 5:30 a.m., the attack occurred. The infant had been in a bassinet and his parents were in the room, along with the family dog. When the parents woke up, they discovered that the dog was attacking their son. They were visiting with relatives at the time. According to the parents, the dog had never been aggressive before. The dog was euthanized. The identity of the parents and the infant have not been revealed. No details were provided about the injuries the baby suffered.

According to DogsBite.org, there have been seven deaths similar to this one in the U.S. since 2005, where a husky dog attacks an infant in a crib or infant seat. There has been a total of 13 fatal Husky dog maulings since 2005, as well. The following are some examples of what happened in the cases of these other fatalities:

  • In 2012, a 2-day-old baby boy was laying in a baby carrier on the floor of the home, and the mother left the room briefly. While she was gone, the husky bit the baby on the head, killing him.
  • In 2010, an 11-day-old baby boy was in a car seat in his parents’ bedroom when the family’s husky fatally bit the baby on the head.
  • In 2009, a 3-week-old baby was pulled from her bed by the family husky. The dog dragged and mauled the child. The infant had been laying on the bed with her twin sister when the mother stepped away briefly. The other baby was unharmed.

As with every post on this website, we are only providing information in this post and do not make any allegation or assertion that anyone acted inappropriately or engaged in misconduct.

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An Infant is Injured in a Pit Bull Attack In El Paso, Texas

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Pit Bulls in Gertown section of New Orleans

Pit Bulls in Gertown section of New Orleans (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Tuesday, March 3, an 11-month-old girl was attacked by a pit bull in Montana Vista in El Paso, Texas. At about noon that day, the baby’s teenage mother was holding her and leaving the home where her grandparents live when the family’s three pit bulls escaped through the gate. The teen was holding the baby while trying to help get the pit bulls back inside the gate when one of the dogs bit the infant on the head and one leg. The child was quickly transported to University Medical Center, where she was given 10 stitches on her head. At last report, the baby girl was in stable condition.

The Animal Services Department took custody of the pit bull that attacked the baby, according to El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. One of the other pit bulls was struck by a car and killed during the commotion. The third pit bull is still at large.

Neighbors said the dogs have been wreaking havoc in the area. According to one man, the pit bulls recently chased two girls. His family helped by allowing the girls into their home, for safety; and he chased the dogs with a knife.

Another neighbor was trying to help capture the pit bulls on Tuesday and was bitten on one of her feet.

This type of situation in which pit bulls escape their yard and go on the attack is not uncommon. People are put at risk because of dog owners who don’t ensure that others are safe from the dangerous breed. Learn more about pit bulls and other dangerous breeds of dogs in this ongoing series.

–Guest Contributor

 

 

 

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A Woman Allows Sharing of a Graphic Account of a Vicious Pit Bull Attack

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Pit bull

Pit bull (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

During the summer of 2014, a grandmother was being filmed as her grandchildren dumped ice on her head as part of the ALS ice bucket challenge. What happened after the ice was dumped was an unexpected disaster that the woman has recently decided she is ready to share. A pit bull owned by a family member attacked the woman, and the video of the horrific dog attack has gone viral on the Internet. The large dog bit the woman on her face and dragged her to the ground. The vicious attack has caused lasting damage. The pit bull had not been trained in any way but was used primarily for breeding purposes. He was put down following the attack, after it was verified that he did not have rabies.

It can be extremely disturbing to watch the video of this pit bull attack or even to see photographs of the moment the attack occurred. The potential threat of pit bull attacks is very real, and more people should probably be aware of the dangers posed by this breed and other dangerous dog breeds.

Last year, 42 people died as a result of a dog attack in the U.S. In addition to possibly dying from a dog attack, victims can suffer from the following injuries:

  • Serious infections
  • Nerve damage
  • Fractured bones
  • Puncture wounds
  • Lacerations
  • Serious damage that leads to amputation
  • Permanent deformity
  • Body parts bitten off

Surgeons in the U.S. have expressed concern about dog attacks related to the need of victims for extensive and sometimes numerous plastic surgeries, to repair injuries sustained in the attacks. Physicians have also recorded evidence that pit bulls cause much more serious injuries than other types of dogs, and those injuries often require much more expensive medical treatments.

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Three Pit Bulls Kill the Beloved Pets of a Crosby, Texas, Family in Their Backyard

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

Yorkie puppy

Yorkie puppy (Photo credit: jmose77)

In Crosby, Texas, a family with five children watched in horror through a window of their home when a neighbor’s three pit bulls broke through their backyard fence and attacked their pets. Two of the family’s yorkies were killed, and one of their two Chihuahuas was seriously injured. Laura Nickels said that it was awful as the children looked on, screaming and crying, as the dogs were viciously attacked.

The Nickels family is not only mourning the loss of beloved pets as their injured Chihuahua is in a body cast trying to recover, they are also concerned that the pit bulls could launch the same type of attack on their children in the backyard. They want the pit bulls to be removed from the neighbor’s home; and if the dogs don’t go, they are considering pulling up stakes and moving elsewhere.

The neighbor accepted responsibility for the incident, saying that he should have kept the dogs on chains in the yard. He has offered to replace the pets and pay the veterinarian bills. He also insists, however, that while the dogs are aggressive toward animals, they love people and are gentle with them. He’s unwilling to part with the pit bulls.

Nickels said she fears for her children’s lives and for the neighbors’ children, if the pit bulls are allowed to stay.

On the morning of the attack, the Harris County Sheriff’s Department was contacted. Officers went to the scene, and they are still investigating the case. The pit bull owner received a citation for failing to keep his dogs on his property.

According to usual Texas procedure, what would normally happen in this type of case is that the Nickels would file a complaint, after which there would be an investigation.  The dogs would possibly be deemed “dangerous” or “aggressive,” after which time they would be destroyed unless the pit bull owners complied with strict requirements within a 30-day period.

–By Guest Contributor

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Tips for Choosing a Family Dog in Texas – Part 2

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

English: 5-month-old Vizsla with the AKC stand...

5-month-old Vizsla with the AKC standard “golden rust” coat. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you’re considering getting a family dog, you’ll want to be sure that the breed you choose fits with your family’s lifestyle. Of course, you want to avoid aggressive dogs, if there are children in the home. The following are some breeds you may not be familiar with, all of which are ideal family dogs.

Vizsla

You may have never heard of the Vizsla, but it’s a wonderful breed of dog for active families. These beautiful dogs have a gentle manner and lively disposition. They are affectionate and loyal. They also are great at learning new tricks quickly. This breed needs plenty of regular exercise.

Some people choose a Vizsla because it’s known for having minimal “doggy smell.”

Bull Terrier

Do you have a rambunctious family? A bull terrier has a high pain threshold, which means that he can be patient with children who may get too rough. Be prepared to give this type of dog lots of playtime and exercise. In return, you’ll have an affectionate dog who is a great protector of your children.

A bull terrier, which is sometimes unfairly labeled as an aggressive dog, is a dog that was bred to be a companion. This loving, friendly breed is comfortable with adults and children.

Newfoundland

If you want a dog that truly loves children and is like nature’s nanny, the Newfoundland breed may be perfect for your family. These gentle, patient, and kind dogs are big, furry, and incredibly sweet. You’ll want to have a nice, big yard for this type of dog to run around in. But the breed is not considered suitable for the yard, in spite of the fact that it does both shed and drool excessively. A Newfoundland is only happy when he’s inside with the family.

Besides being great with children, this breed is also great at swimming and has a reputation for saving lives in crisis situations.

See Part 1 and the continuing series on choosing a great family dog.

–By Guest Contributor

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