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Old 03-14-2014, 04:37 PM   #11 (permalink)
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less than ethical 'rescues' will take dogs with a bite history and use them as bait dogs for pitbull training...
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I am curious as to why the parents of the bitten child aren't screaming bloody murder and having the dog quarantined through animal control. What is the story/excuse for this dog's behavior? Was he sleeping and the kid fell on him? Was the kid hitting the grandchildren and screaming?

Bites on three locations and only stopping because you were able to come in and stop him, is really, really serious. Knowing of any extenuating circumstances, may be helpful in deciding whether this dog is safe to be around you and your wife.

I mean, some dogs, and it isn't common, but they have something called Rage Syndrome. Not sure if such a dog would have been able to snap out of it when you pulled him off. But in that case, the dog needs to be liberated from its demons. If the kid tried to ride the dog like a pony, then you don't need to worry so much about you and your wife.
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Depending on the state if the dog is provably current on rabies they can do in home quarantine.

Had a friend deal with that when her dog was bit by a rabid raccoon last summer but he was current on his vaccines. Same thing when I fostered a JRT that was a child biter too...in home quarantine, in our case 10 days, because he was current on vaccines.

If the dog is not current on rabies vaccine then, again depending on location, they may quarantine at a facility.
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Old 03-14-2014, 05:05 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Check her wall, Sue, there's a message there with more information.

I really hope this is a trolling episode.
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Thanks. The kid was seven. Sorry, it is so sad for the owners, but the dog really needs to be humanely euthanized. That is too much damage on a child who can't possibly be seen as a threat of any sort.
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A stable dog properly, socialized dog shouldn't see a 7 y/o as a threat.

A human who knows her dog has a bite history shouldn't let any child near the dog.

Otto is a stable well socialized adult dog but he's still 98lbs of east german booyah. I crate him when other people's kids are here because it's just too much risk, too much worry, what if he gets jiggy with their leg? What if he growls and the child wets itself...
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Old 03-14-2014, 05:32 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I agree with Jenn. I have a dog with a bite history. He is currently in a large kennel run in my back yard, surrounded by hot wire. He never even has contact with family members, only my husband or I. Period. If I didn't have the ability to contain him, I would have him euthanized. He is a broken dog.
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I think his problem is kids no matter how he is or isn't wired. There are plenty of homes that don't and won't ever have children in them. Some dogs just don't like them, just as some dogs don't like other dogs or cats. I wouldn't lie about what he has done. Were you present during the bite to witness what happened before hand? Has this dog ever gone after your grand kids?
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[QUOTE=llombardo;5201578]I think his problem is kids no matter how he is or isn't wired. There are plenty of homes that don't and won't ever have children in them. Some dogs just don't like them, just as some dogs don't like other dogs or cats. I wouldn't lie about what he has done. Were you present during the bite to witness what happened before hand? Has this dog ever gone after your grand kids?[/QUOte

This is what I see as wrong with the internet. Diagnosing such a serious issue as something so simple as he doesn't like kids. The biggest part of passing a dog like this on is that you can never be sure this dog won't be re-homed again without his history following him. It's to easy to say it's just a problem with kids. Ok, then what age kids, what if this escalates to older kids, then to adults. 3 bites also equate an attack to me, this dog isn't right.
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How many bites should a single dog have? Every time a GSD attacks a small children 500 people know about, and remember it every time they see a GSD. This is how the breed is given such a bad name.

It doesn't matter that some dogs just don't like kids. If you have a dog that ATTACKED one, then you need to do the right thing. An attack is not a warning snap that connected, a nip, a single bite. An attack is when a dog goes after its target, bites it more than once, and isn't stopping until someone is able to pull it free.

If this dog gets out of the yard when the new owners are not home, and chases a child on a bike, it will KILL the child on the bike, because no one will be there to stop it.

You cannot, with a clear conscience rehome this dog. Not to anyone, save maybe Cesar. Only because if he rehomes the dog and it KILLS someone, then he has way too much to lose to do that.
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