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Dogs Who Bite Kids Must Be Put Down

Dogs Who Bite Kids Must Be Put Down

There is nothing more comforting than the love of a puppy dog. Every kid should have a faithful four-legged companion trailing along behind them on their bike, following them on adventures through the woods, and eagerly waiting for them to return home from school for more frolic and fun.

Sadly, many young kids have a different, more violent experience of dogs. According to the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among children, "the rate of dog bite-related injuries is highest for those ages five to nine years, and children are more likely than adults to receive medical attention for dog bites than adults." Each year, 4.5 million Americans (adults and children) are bitten by a dog.

Even more alarming than statistics though is the reality of rushing to the emergency room with a bitten, bleeding and traumatized child, as a Circle of Moms member named Aliah did recently after her five-year-old son was attacked by a neighbor's pit bull:


"He was playing outside in the neighborhood when he saw the neighbor let their pit bull dog out. He had been warned to stay away from the dog and thus mounted his bicycle to ride back home. The dog pursued and bit him in the rear end. The wound was an inch and a half wide and quite deep. It required stitches and staples. What would you do if this happened to your kid?" she asks.

There's unmistakable consensus in the responses she's receiving: anger toward the dog's owners, and agreement that the incident requires swift punitive action.

"Call the police, pound, whoever it takes. Your child's life is on the line," writes Nichole B., adding "I'd also punch the owners in their ignorant noses but that could be a big problem."

"I would call the police and file a report as well as submit the medical file to the police," advises Brittany G.

"I would demand that the dog be confiscated for testing, make sure it does not have any sort of diseases," suggests Amalea S.

"I have a dog and I love him very much but if he ever did this to a kid I would want to know and I would have him either put down or sent away to a farm," writes Sonia S.

"Honestly, I'd report it to the police and expect it to be be put down. If not, I'd run it over," admits Kayleigh E.

"Kill their dog and bury it while they slept," posts Emma N.

I can more than understand this type of outrage. I identify with it as well as the thirst for justice.

When my now 22-year-old stepdaughter Denise was about eleven, we took the family for a simple weekend camping trip in the recreation section of a local military base. We rented a cabin by the lake and brought along our canine companion, Charlie.

Under normal circumstances, Charlie wouldn't hurt a flea. He was indeed the perfect example of the kind of dog every kid should have. He was loyal beyond measure to the older kids and tolerant to a fault with Ian's toddler shenanigans.

We were following the rules. When we were busy milling around the campsite, we knew we could trust good-ole-Charlie to just park himself quietly until it was time to go somewhere again. Still, rules were rules and thus we had him on a long tether. Trouble is this left him at a big disadvantage when a woman showed up in the camping area with two dogs she immediately let off their leashes. One of them made an immediate beeline to mix it up with Charlie.

What followed happened so quickly it gave new meaning to the phrase "in the blink of an eye." Ian, who is now 13, was just a little tyke. My step son Josh, now 25 but then your typical teen and annoyed to be in the woods with his "rents," quickly changed character and pulled his little brother out of harm's way. Unfortunately, my step daughter Denise was not so fortunate. She's an animal lover and tried to break up the fight. My husband, Bob, immediately rushed a bleeding and confused Denise to the emergency room. I was stunned. And thankful for Josh's quick thinking. The military police came within the hour to take Charlie for a mandatory ten-day stay in what we dubbed "dog jail." The owner of the other dogs had made herself a fairly speedy departure but wasn't quick enough to prevent me from jotting down her license plate number. I later found out that she was also contacted by the military police.

Again, it happened all too quickly and we never knew which dog bit Denise. It really doesn't matter. The fact is that her hand required stitches. While we laugh a bit about the doctor's comment that her hand modeling days were over, it didn't remove the pain she experienced.

In Aliah's case as it was with this woman at the lake, it is completely inexcusable to simply let your dog run without constraint around others. Bottom line: Dog owners have a mandate to maintain control of their canine companion. No matter how wonderful that pet may be, the reality is that it's still an animal.

I love dogs as well. I grew up surrounded by all sorts of animals as my parents were farmers. There was plenty of room to run. My fondest childhood memories are of the things I did with a mutt named Toad. She was always at my side, riding a four-wheeler out to the back field or enjoying one of many, many horseback rides across the acreage of that dairy farm nestled below the Cascade Mountains. However, I can tell you this: If she had ever bit anyone, she'd have been put down. No questions asked. End of discussion.

Now in my suburban bedroom community, the dog goes for a walk on a leash.

And I cringe anytime I look at Denise's right hand. Her scars are faded - barely noticeable. But I know what happened. I wish it wasn't part of her childhood memories.

Please dog owners: Be responsible.

Image Source: CJ Sorg via Flickr/Creative Commons

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, POPSUGAR.

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Jasmine15303357 Jasmine15303357 3 years
Holy shit. I hope you guys know just how crazy you are. Why, in the WORLD, would you ever consider running over a dog on purpose? That's crazy, and extremely cruel. If a dog is violent towards children or other humans, it should not be put to sleep. It should be given to someone who can handle the dog. When I was a child, my mother owned a husky. Her name was Bella, and she was a real sweet heart, but she bit me. Right in the arm. I was young, I was bleeding, and traumatized, but my mom didn't put her dog down. She gave it to someone she knew could take care of the dog. And guess what? She lived till she was 11 years old. We don't kill humans that murdered others, so why would we do it to dogs, or any other animal? Humans think they have the right to do this, and it's wrong. I seriously hope you understand just how disturbing this is.
Kat15152400 Kat15152400 3 years
Please disregard "wolfcat87" and her statement. Tell me, wolfcat87, what do you know about animal behavior? Dogs attack people, unprovoked. I was attacked in my carseat by a Doberman when I was an infant and had to have my face stitched shut. This type of thing happens when an animals brain is not properly developed (mental disorder) from over-breeding and inbreeding to preserve the breed standard.
Casaundra15099303 Casaundra15099303 3 years
My question is if it wasn't a pitbull, would it still be a big deal to throw the type of dog it was in this story..showing you didn't for any other dog you mentioned...also watch beyond myth pitbulls before you trash one soooooo many people mix dogs up as "pitbull" silly me last I knew tech. There is no such thing...their is the american blue nose terrior american red nose terrior, stafford shirebull terrior...but technically no pitbull kinda funny an uneducated person on a god "breed" would trash one...and read up on your statistics I belive it was 2010 or 2011 it was 60/5, 000, 000 dog bites were from a "pitbull" and I forget the year but it was the same year for these two stories a little girl was mauled and killed by two huskies 11 arricles ran on her death..alittle boy died by two pitbulls guess what their was 68 articles ran on his does that mean becausw he was killed by a dog who actually has about 70% less jaw strength with no such thing as lock jaw..that kids life was more important..85% of people afraid of any kind of dog that looks like a so called pit is because of the media 15% is due to actual experience..people like you make me sick. Witbh talking smack and not knowing detail before you bash a "breed"
wolfcat87 wolfcat87 3 years
I'm with Julie Tyas on this. Also, there's no such thing as an "unprovoked" attack. Anyone who thinks so does not understand dog/animal behavior.
Jean14893438 Jean14893438 3 years
If a dog bites a small child in the face, and the dog took the whole child's face in it's mouth, causing severe trauma and a trip to the ER requiring stitches and causing permanent scarring, and the dog was completely unprovoked and had to cross a room to attack the child who was minding their own business, and the dog is living in a place that the child frequents, should this dog be put down? or… is muzzling the dog and trying to keep it locked up when children are around is good enough?
RobertSchmitt RobertSchmitt 4 years
I think it wise and often ignored to consider the impact on the bitten child. I know of cases that the impulse to destroy the dog adds to the complicated emotional load on the child. This decision can be made but the action delayed so the child does not feel responsible for killing the dog. Often the dog has been a former friend. Even if not, the child's feelings are wisely considered.
JulieTyas JulieTyas 4 years
"I'd run it over"..."Kill their dog and bury it while they slept"! What the hell is wrong with people?! This is NOT the answer or appropriate response. I have a 23 month old with another on the way, and a dog, who would never hurt a fly, and I take great offense to these comments. You are the types of people who will teach your children to abuse animals or become fearful of them. If your kid bit mine and drew blood, is it okay for me to say that I'd pull your child's teeth out one by one? Give me a break and think about a real solution to this problem, which is rare to begin with.
DreamaButler DreamaButler 5 years
even he hates children. My daughter kept hugging him. I warned her not to do it because I could tell his facial expression. He hated it. He also disliked getting me upset if he hurts her. However, he never bit her.
DreamaButler DreamaButler 5 years
Dogs should not put down because it is not their fault for biting children. It's parents' responsibility to make sure everything okay around them. I remember my niece when she was about 10-11 months old. I warned my sister that she shouldn't be near my mom's doberman dog's food bowl. Not good idea. She was like oh it's okay. I said it doesn't matter because the dog thought that she may provoke him in some ways. He snapped at my niece by hitting her head with his snarl teeth. Of course, he didn't bit her. He warned her not to go near his water/food bowls. Sometimes, people do not realize that dogs are trying to warn children. I grow up with many different dogs and snakes. I know what they are like.
RandiODette RandiODette 5 years
dog owners need to be responsible but parents are responsible for teaching there children how to act around animals. children not being socialized around animals and not being taught how to treat an animal can cause a good gentle animal to turn. i know of one beautiful dog that was the sweetest thing around kids, then the kids taunted and threw items at him. in the end he was shot because he attacked someone doing there job. is it that dogs fault what happened to him? NO- the fault lies entirely with the parents and there inability to teach
CoMMember13608892169649 CoMMember13608892169649 6 years
Donna - YOU SAID THAT BEAUTIFULLY!!! Couldn't have said it better myself!
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