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Baby Killed by Family Dog

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Are dogs a danger to kids?

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Last week, a 2-week-old baby was killed after being attacked by the family dog. The baby's mother told police she had placed the infant in a bassinet about 7 p.m. to use the bathroom. She returned to find the child with severe head injuries. When paramedics arrived, the baby was unresponsive and pronounced dead. The dog (a Chow) was later euthanized.

The CDC estimates that almost 5 million people a year are bitten by dogs in the United States, with as many as 800,000 people, more than half of them children, requiring medical attention for their dog bites. Many of these cases are fatal, or leave kids disfigured for life.

Here are a few other cases that sent shivers down our spine:

  • 3-year-old Tony Evans was found dead in front of the doghouse after being attacked by a pit bull. The pit bull was chained to the house, but made its way to the boy.
  • 5-year-old Pablo Hernandez was mauled to death by the family pit bull in their backyard. He was dragged around the backyard, suffering major damage to his face, head and torso and died shortly after from his injuries.
  • 1-year-old Abraham Jonathan Tackett wandered into the neighbor's backyard where several husky mixed breeds were eating. The father found the child as he was being attacked, but could not save him. According to reports, the dog that attacked was protecting his food.
  • 2-year-old Holden Jernigan was attacked and killed by the family's pit bull. While under his grandmother's care, he wandered into the backyard where he was brutally attacked.
  • 6-year-old Sabin Jones-Abbott was attacked by the family's new pit bull/boxer mix as he went to feed it. The boy's father found his lifeless body in their home.
  • 15-month-old Charlotte Blevins was seriously injured when she and her mom, her mom's friend, and another baby on an afternoon walk were attacked by a pit bull when the dog escaped from its leash.
  • 2-year-old Amaya Hess had a pit bull latch on to her head with his mouth for 5 to 8 minutes. The claw end of a hammer was used to open the dog's jaw to release her. Amaya's scalp was missing, her right eye out of its socket and her right ear was torn from the side of her head. After 9 surgeries and 69 days of medically-induced coma, Amaya is facing years of reconstructive surgery. Doctors estimate she'll have somewhere between 30 to 40 surgeries over her lifetime.
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Are dogs safe for kids?

We spoke with Colleen Lynn, founder of DogsBite.org, who said some are -- and some aren't. "There are aggressive breeds of dogs, including pit bulls and rottweillers, that I don't think are appropriate to have around children. They don't have a good safety record, and you are definitely taking a chance."

Lynn, who survived a pit bull attack herself a year ago, says even going to someone's house who has a pit bull or a dangerous breed is a unnecessary risk for your children. "These dogs were bred for violence," she says. "It's in their genes. Even if they have good owners, love is not going to take genetics away. Why take the chance, if it could cost your kid his or her life?"

Of course, some dog owners (particularly pit bull owners) disagree. One mother named Elyse posted the following video of her baby Max with her pit bull on YouTube:

Whether you are pro-dog or anti-dog, everyone agrees you should never leave a baby or small child unattended with a dog under any circumstances (even if it's the family pet). For more dog bite prevention tips, click here.

Do you think dogs are dangerous for kids?


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silvia May 29, 2011, 7:41 PM

it doesnt matter what breed of dog or animal it is u never leave a child alone with any animal even if it is ur family pet kid are stupid and dont know how to handle animals and some adults r to and then they get hurt for it that is y u always have to watch them cuz u should be able to tell if ur pet is getting mad and kid and some abults cant and if u cant then u shouldnt have a pet that is an attack waiting to happen owners u should be able to tell what makes ur pet mad or knowtist the change in there behavior before anything and take them away from the situattion it is not bad pets it is stupid bad owners i let my dog play with other dogs and kids where i live if i c him get mad or the other dog get mad at him i take him away and we go home and he is either a pit lad mix or boxer lad mix and this isnt just good for others it is good for ur pet it shows them u r looking out for them and then they wont feel the need to attack just go to u if they feel uncomfortable some pets who still feel they can defend themselves those pets still have to be watch but every pet is different u cant put one breed down for owners who didnt do there jobs right


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