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Angry Mom: A 2-year-old was mauled to death by the family pit bull in California. The toddler was attacked last night and died this morning, according to KTLA. How many more of these stories do we have to hear before these dogs are TAKEN OUT OF HOMES WITH CHILDREN?!

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Momlogic has done tons of stories on pit bulls; one of them lists a number of kids who were mauled or killed.

In that piece, Colleen Lynn, founder of DogsBite.org, said, "There are aggressive breeds of dogs, including pit bulls and Rottweilers, 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. These dogs were bred for violence. 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?"

I don't think people with small kids should have pit bulls -- period. There are just too many stories that you hear about pit bulls killing kids. I've never heard of a poodle killing a child, but it just seems like pit bull attacks are a common occurrence (same with German shepherds and Rottweilers -- they're just as dangerous, and should be nowhere near children).

I know that pit bull owners would probably disagree with me, but obviously the parents of the 2-year-old California boy who was killed didn't think their dog was violent either ... until the worst happened.

Do YOU think people with kids should have pit bulls or other violent dog breeds?


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let me say it again May 28, 2010, 12:05 PM

You never see the headline: Cocker Spaniel kills child….Pit bulls are dangerous— I agree, why take a chance? Even if the dog has been brought into a loving home, it’s still a dog with violent genes…no love of a dog should outweigh the safety of a child.

Tara May 28, 2010, 12:09 PM

Get your facts straight. More people are killed by German shepherds than by pits or rottweilers.
Any dog can be aggressive, regardless of breed.Most cases of child fatalities from dog bites occur because a small child has been left alone with an unsocialized dog.
Instead of bullying the “bully” breeds, people need to step up and take responsibility for their actions.Train your pets well so they are socialized. If you have children never leave them alone with any animal, even a tiny little dachshund your family has had for years can turn around and bite a child.

Guest May 28, 2010, 12:13 PM

It depends on the owner and the individual dog. If the owner doesn’t know how to pick the right pet and train that pet then no. They shouldn’t have any medium to large dog. Really they shouldn’t have any dog. In this story the owners had only had that one dog for 3 months. It didn’t say how old the dog was or where it came from. Combining that with leaving your child unattended is asking for trouble.

Desiree Fawn May 28, 2010, 12:17 PM

It’s the people who raised the dog, not the dog itself who is to blame! As someone who lives in a province where these dogs have been banned I find it completely disgusting that the gov wants to eradicate ONE breed when SO MANY attacks come from other breeds. Why don’t we outlaw ALL dogs while we’re at it? And any other animals that ever harmed a person.
It’s ridiculous.

PitOwner May 28, 2010, 12:24 PM

I agree and disagree.
There are many Pit Bulls that grow up with children without a problem.
While there are some attacks on children that are without reason, many can be attributed to the irresponsibility of the owner of the dog.
In this case, the parents left the boy unattended in the yard with the dogs, and the dog that attacked was with the family for only three months.
I agree that other breeds of dogs are RARELY going to kill a child, but a 2-year old should never be left alone with ANY dog.
My heart goes out to this family.
Get rid of your dog if you feel you must, but if you don’t, then always be vigilant with all dogs around small children.
Pit Bulls are more dangerous than most other dogs when they attack, and if you do not feel that you can not control and supervise your dog and children at the same time, then please do not get one.
Remember, an unguarded minute has an accident in it.

Nate May 28, 2010, 12:26 PM

Are you kidding? More people are not killed by German shepherds than by pits or rottweilers. What a joke. Look it up, pits are the number one killers, the info is very easy to find.

Brent May 28, 2010, 12:38 PM

Earlier this week there was a 2 year old killed by Husky, and another 2 year old was nearly killed (receive 900 stitches) when attacked by an Australian Cattle Dog, a separate 2 year old received 200 stitches after being attcked by a German Shepherd/Husky mix and a 12 year old girl (who is less vulnerable than they younger children) had 100 stitches in her face due to being bitten by a labrador retriever.

Links can be found here:

http://for-the-pits.blogspot.com/2010/05/pit-bulls-only-breed-to-maul.html

The point is, a lot of different breeds can attack — and sometimes it can be fatal, sometimes just very severe.

If we want to stop the problem of significant dog attacks like this we MUST discourage people from leaving 2 year old toddlers out alone with dogs (or outside alone period). And we should encourage new parents with dogs to go to a training program to learn how to prepare their dog for a newborn baby — dogsandstorks.com has many great certified traniners around the country and deals specifically with this.

There is nothing special about one type of dog or another (although admittedly size of dog does matter — although pit bulls are mostly medium-sized dogs) — it all has to do with preparing your dog for the toddler, and monitoring your toddler’s interactions with dogs.

If we focus on anything else we are simply misrepresenting what virtually every dog trainer and animal behavior expert in the country says — which is setting people up to fail with their dogs and their children.

Jenni Marsh May 28, 2010, 12:41 PM

While it may be a a nice knee-jerk reaction to say none of the “aggressive” breeds are allowed in households with children - have a think about the practicalities of this.

What happens if a family already have a pit bull, a much loved member of the family, and then have a child - is the dog toaken off them? WHo does it? WHo knows about the dog in the household to remove the dog? Is the dog innocent till proven guilty?

Again if a family have a baby and then get a dog - who is policing this and saying “well you can have a poodle but not a pit bull”?

Its a completely unworkable suggestion.

Stacey May 28, 2010, 12:42 PM

How about supervising your children and your pets? What a novel concept! This is a typical knee-jerk reaction with little actual fact to back it up. Any dog can bite. Any dog can kill. If you’re going to have kids and dogs, train your dog and supervise your kids. End of story.

And no, I don’t own a pit bull or pit mix.

kristy May 28, 2010, 12:42 PM

This is a totally ill-informed post.

Pit bull horror stories are plentiful, but serious research has shown time and time again that pit bulls are not genetically predisposed to violence any more than any other large/strong dog.

In fact, “Pit Bull” isn’t technically even a breed.

Here’s one place to start: http://www.pitbullsontheweb.com/petbull/legislation.php

Jme May 28, 2010, 12:42 PM

A cocker spanial bit and ripped half of my face off as a child, so don’t be blaming everything on pitt bulls & rotties! Its how they are bred and how they are raised!!

Rob G May 28, 2010, 1:16 PM

I’m in agreement with most of the people here. It’s how the dog is raised and trained. I have a very large German Shepherd, one of the so-called “violent breeds.” He’s wonderful with children. They all love him and he’s so gentle with the neighborhood kids. I still don’t let them play with him without responsible adult supervision but that’s just being appropriately cautious. Basically any dog can be either violent, or perfectly benign, it’s how you raise them, not their breed.

FYI: If you ever watch “The Dog Whisperer” his top 10 most troubled (read most attack prone) dogs episode was almost exclusively Chihuahuas. Why I have no idea. But it just goes to show that even cute little dogs can be dangerous.

Michelle Lienhart May 28, 2010, 1:17 PM

I HATE WHEN THESE STORIES ARE WRITTEN!!! I’ve owned several rotties (all from a rescue) and also fostered many of them! I’ve never had an issue with any of these dogs doing harm to my children because they were thoroughly screened, trained and socialized! The author leaves out very critical pieces of the story—was the dog properly trained, was he left outside to fend for himself, etc. Why don’t any of these stories focus on the owners? Why is all the blame always put on the dog?

PitsR4Fools May 28, 2010, 1:35 PM

Thank you. Indeed pits are not for children. When someone says their pit is fine with kids, that someone is nothing more than an accident waiting to happen. We breed dogs for certain traits, shepherds to herd, hounds to hunt, even lap dogs for laps, then why do people deny why a pit was bred. They were bred for one thing and one thing only, to kill. If you know that then why subject yourself, your family, your neighborhood to the possibility of being mauled or killed from a dog designed to do so. It is not a matter of training, training doesn’t not overcome a hound’s instinct to hunt, does not overcome a border collie’s instinct to herd and it doesn’t overcome a pit’s desire to kill. There will always be those people who have a mental problem and it is satisfied by them thinking they control a dangerous animal and those are the typical pit bull owners, not the thugs, not the low lifers but people who have a desire to control something dangerous. www.pitattacksbystate.blogspot.com
Note that in every case the owner says that their pit had never been aggressive before. It’s the unpredictability that makes them so dangerous. Prevent the Deed and Regulate the Breed to try to stop the closed casket funerals.

Helen May 28, 2010, 1:40 PM

Michelle, I expected with your statement of hating to see these stories that you would say that you hate to see the death of an innocent child, instead you defend a dog. Leave it to an owner of a bully breed to not care about the victim, but rather want to make excuses for a dog. It’s that very attitude that is putting dogs out there who are killing innocents. Care more about human life than a dog, that’s the right thing to do.

Arisma May 28, 2010, 1:43 PM

This is spreading untruths and misconceptions. There are many breeds of dog more likely to harm a child than pits. A simple search will provide ample proof that this is just an invitation to misplaced hysteria. Two of the very kindest dogs I have ever met were a Doberman and a Pit, one of whom would launch herself under children when they tumbled to break their falls. It’s embarrassing for momlogic to have such an article and makes me doubt their overall fact checking.

Beth May 28, 2010, 2:08 PM

Pit bulls were originally called “Nanny Dogs” due to their protectiveness over children. Pit bulls are terriers. Terriers are very protective. The parents are the ones responsible for the child’s death. I have never ever left my pit bull alone with my 3 year old and i never will. Also, many dog owners are not responsible to KNOW where their dog came from, have them socialized and train them. notice how the older dog is the one they have had longer, not involved in the attack? and the younger puppy who they just got was the one who did it. these are not violent dogs per-se. they have very irresponsible owners, unfortunately. And, in closing, pit bulls, as with all dogs, are pack animals. if they are not taught at an early age that they are at the BOTTOM of the chain of command, they will try to claim their place in line, in this incidence, this dog saw the baby as prey, as a way of getting higher in the chain of command, he killed the kid. His parents should not have left him alone, even for a minute. you know how fire is noce to have in the back yard and is fine and ok as long as it is controlled? think of your dog the same way. you would never leave a 2 year old alone near a fire pit, would you?

Mother of 2 Pit Bulls and 3 children May 28, 2010, 2:14 PM

It really is amazing how the public and the media do not talk about the fact that pit bulls are extremely wonderful family pets. As a matter of fact people in the U.K. Used to leave their children home alone with them as nannies to watch over them because they are that intelligent, loyal and protective when raised and trained properly. I truly have always had two around my children who are now 13,10 and 2. Never have they once been aggressive toward them.

Alison May 28, 2010, 2:57 PM

Small children should not be left alone with any dog. Children are unpredictable and can easily startle a dog which may lead to it reacting in an uncharacteristic way. Also, in the article it says you have never heard of a poodle killing a child. When I was a child I was badly bitten on my face by a poodle who didn’t like kids. It was my grandmother’s dog and was not supposed to be loose when I was visiting but somehow was. While it wasn’t life threatening it was still a very scary incident for me and my family.

Christina  May 28, 2010, 2:58 PM

I have a 10 year old Rottweiler and 2 girls, 6 and 4. My town was considering restrictions on certain breeds of dogs, like pits and rots. But with a little education and Facts, instead of noise, they choose a version of “3 strikes and your out” for dogs. Judge the DEED not the Breed! Everyone I know says my dog is the best behaved dog they have ever seen. Rots were NOT bred to be violent. They were bred to be protective. Very different…


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