03-03-2014 04:07 AM - last edited on 03-03-2014 12:40 PM by Rebecca
Recently there was a story on MSN about a boy being killed from being bit by his pet rat but no one knows if this rat could have been provoked or was being handled wrong or was being hurt in some way. Now popping up all over online are animal attack stories like this one the one I just read was about a dog attacking three boys I think two of them died but guess what the dog was what breed one of our many gentle giants a bull mastiff I find them gentle and any animal can bite or attack you so why do people get so outraged over it when they know it can happen also when some of these attacks turn out that the animal either had nothing to do with it or the animal only attacked some one for a good reason such as they were abusing it or provking it.
There is a true story I read that a dog attacked his owner and chewed the mans leg off after the dog was just fine and left him alone well he tried to chew it off. The man though instead of having anyone come for his dog he just called 911 the ambulance hauled the man off he was just suppose to be getting stitches but it was his dogs way of telling him he had cancer I don't remember what type of cancer but they had to remove the leg because of the cancer if it weren't for that dog the man would have been dead. I think a dog like a bull mastiff had to have been provked or teased in some way to attack anyone. It sounds like this is the first time it happened and there were never any problems with the dog before this and they put the dog down and are testing the remains for rabies.
This is so sad because humans don't get put down if they are defending themselves by fighting they may get put in jail for a bit or get sued or something but they are never put down. No one says in either one of these stories if the animals were provoked or if they were being hurt or abused or possibly neglected. Where are their stories. This is a link to the story about the dog I was unable to track down the other ones I saw such as the one about the rat.
Tell me what you think!
03-03-2014 07:38 PM
03-10-2014 08:45 AM
I heard about another dog whose owner called 911 because the dog was biting pretty severly at his arm. When the firemen arrived they found out that the house had a C02 leak and the dog was trying to get his owner out of the house. I can understand this knee jerk reaction; your normally tame dog goes crazy can be a pretty scary ordeal especailly when one of your limbs is getting mangled. What I do not understant, to the point of craziness, are the people who blame the dog but do not know the reason why, and just assume it is a rabbid dog.
03-10-2014 12:33 PM
Personally speaking, I think that every parent needs to teach their children the proper way to interact with animals and how to treat them. I also believe that the owner of any animal needs to take the necessary precautions needed to protect humans as well as other animals from their pets. Both the child as well as the pet needs to be kept under supervision. Children are hyper, often times pull on the ears, tail, kick the dog because the parents are not supervising their behavior and teaching them the appropriate way to treat humans and animals. Unfortunately, these animals cannot speak for themselves about what REALLY happened and most times children will lie for fear of being disciplined. It's a tragedy that due to the parents neglect in not providing proper supervision and the pet owners neglect in not providing proper supervision of their pets that these beautiful animals end up paying with their life due to human error. What a tragedy! Animals often times will give you warnings when a behavior that they are on the receiving end of makes them feel insecure or threatened and so many times, the owners of these animals as well as the parents of these animals are not able to read their animals or are not paying attention to what is going on. Once again, the animal pays the cost. Children will be children! They act up and disobey so I cannot see where we can blame the child for acting like a child but it always comes down to the fact that animals are a product of their enviroment, their handlers ability to read and control their animals. One should always keep an eye out on their children and one should always keep watch over their pets around any other human (be it grown up or child) and other pets.
03-10-2014 09:44 PM
I have just read this story. The people injured in the instances described in the main article were adults.
03-11-2014 04:38 AM
I will say that from the time I was born my parents would leave us alone with the dog or the cats but my parents kept an eye on us all the time checking in the room every few minutes and they also taught us from a very young age how to treat animals and not to be mean to them. When one of my younger brothers was born we had a dog named Chelsea she was a border collie mix she would actually babysit my newborn brother and watch over him, my sister and me if my mom was in the other room. Chelsea was like the dog named Nanny on Peter Pan she was our babysister not only that one of the best babysisters I ever had. But I also have always had something special about myself with animals and insects I have no fear of course I don't go up and just pick up or pet or approach any one of them I watch their body language and I have made mistakes before but I am still learning and getting better at it as I go along. I am the girl who caught bumble bees, spiders, earth worms, ladybugs, caterpillars, grasshoppers, crickets, flies, snails, slugs, salamanders, tadpoles, crawfish and snakes growing up. I have no fear of these creatures we share the earth with I don't think anyone should.
03-11-2014 06:51 AM - edited 03-11-2014 07:00 AM
I would say you have been fortunate in your interactions with dogs. Believe it or not, there are some dogs who can be mean and aggressive. This is mostly due to abuse and lack of socialisation. In other cases the cause can be a brain malfaction.
I knew a family who owned a two year old golden retriever called Junior. He had always been a friendly docile pet. One day, Junior flew without warning, at a three year old girl, injuring her. Luckily she survived.
It later transpired that there had been other incidents of aggression from that particular line of Golden Retrievers. I heard of something similar with a particular line of Border Collies. It seems there was a hereditary brain malfunction.
I do wonder if a medical check would have detected the condition. I hope one of our vets will give their opinion on this matter. I would imagine this kind of thing is quite rare and caused by some kind of seizure.
Love Christine and George
03-12-2014 06:50 AM
Okay it is true like I said I have no fear but I have been bit, scratched and lunged at before it takes awhile to learn and also everyone makes mistakes and any animal can do these things. Very recently there has been a very young cat or kitten or possibly a possum in my backyard every night and Abby and Shasta go after it, I have only seen the tail in the dark and a bit of the fur so far but still not sure what it is Shasta will stop when it takes off or when it tells her to back off but Abby doesn't understand that no means no. I will risk anything to save the life of an animal, so thinking it might be a cat because it started to come to me the other night until it realized Abby was still there I have been trying to get out there and get to it's normal hang outs before Abby does or find it before she does but so far no luck I don't care if it bites me or scratches me at least I will be helping it if it is a cat but before I go any further I have to figure this out.
03-11-2014 08:25 AM
I believe a dog bites because he/she has no other way to communicate to a human that it wants to be heard. It gets a reaction when the teeth are used. My pug has never bitten me to get attention. For that matter I can't remember any dog I had ever bitten any one. If they wanted something or were begging, as most dogs do, the most teeth I saw was them giving me a toy as a gift. If you listen to them they learn as a child would.
03-11-2014 10:17 PM - edited 03-11-2014 10:20 PM
There is a world of difference between a pug and a dog who has already demonstrated that he is aggressive. Especially a big one.
Sorry, but I really don't think your personal situation bears any relation to the dangerous situation we have been discussing regarding the risks of dogs and small children.