Here we go again....... We all have our opinions about Pit Bulls as this board has seen MANY times before.....but they are not all bad dogs. That is like saying all black people and people with tattoos are criminals. What happened to that baby was a terrible thing. I wonder if the dog were a Pit Bull/Lab mix.....why they didn't say baby killed by Lab Mix?? Oh yea, b/c of the bad reputation of Pits, and they knew more people would talk about it if the Pit Bull breed were mentioned......not the other "mix" part of the dog.
A baby swinging in a swing screams prey to a dog!!!!!.....And yes small dogs kill too.....lets not forget the Pomeranian that mauled and killed a 3 month old baby left on the bed with a bottle while the adult left the room..........Terrible situation when people trust any dog that have dozens of active attached little knives in their mouth to be around kids unattended. My now 20 year old wasn't even allowed around our Rottie(now 12) alone till she was like 15 and that was only for walks or quick things.....the sooner people realize that dogs are not humans, that all dogs will bite and attack in certain situations, the safer our kids will be............DOGS ARE ANIMALS and need to be treated as such. That doesn't mean you cant spoil them and treat them with respect and make them a part of your family, but people have got to realize they are animals with the chance of a bite!
I have pitbulls and love the breed. Do your homework......the pitbull wasn't bred to be a vicious baby killer, far from it. Unfortunately, so many dogs have been inbred and some of them have aggression issues, but the majority of pitbulls are wonderful dogs. Most pitbulls have low tolerance toward other dogs, and this is why they should not be in dog parks, although they may not start a fight, they will end it, but most are great dogs. Don't get me going.......I have had pitbulls for many years, they are my breed of choice.....hands down.
Saint Bernards are now on dangerous dog lists. You people with your little "typical" family dogs think you're safe and you won't stand up and fight against BSL, you just perpetuate the hate and ignorance, well someday you may be in for a rude awakening.
I have never liked St. Bernards.....The lady that lived by the bridge growing up had oned named Bimbo that would scare the bejeezus out of me, then the movie Cujo... Up the street was 2 dobermans that would chase us and down the street was a chihuahua breeder. We stayed really close to home unless we could talk someone into drawing the dogs attention so we could get by.
U guys keep mentioning that the parent shouldn't of left the child alone with the dog. I agree. BUT attacks happen when the parent is right by the child as well. So, there is a lot more to it than just always watching your kid. The responsible adult has to actively/daily train the dog to see the child as a pack leader and to respect it as such. And then that is still no garantee.
The lady on ADC who is trying to rehome her dog because it attacked her baby was sitting on the floor right next to the baby when the dog tried to attack it. She also read up on dogs and babies, having the husband bring home clothing from the baby before the baby came home from the hospital. So the dogs could adjust to the baby scent. She was not ignorant about the issue. Her dog is an Airedale terrier. It can happen to anyone.
A dog will never view a baby as a pack leader. It just doesn't work that way. Many dogs have trouble viewing they own owners as pack leader, a baby is just not physically/mentally capable of exerting leadership over a dog. what needs to be taught is boundaries to both the baby and dog. It's harder for a baby to learn but that's why you have to be extra diligent and use the crate to put away the dog if needed.
Bites happen to adults even when they are sitting next to a dog. There could be all sorts of triggers. I do not know the story of the airedale but it could have been resource guarding the mom and bit the kid. There are a lot of stories where a dog will growl/bite/lunge at another person while they are near or sitting on someone's lap.
N+T, my sister has a 3 year old child. The baby was raised with a golden retriever from a breeder bought as a pup, and an adult pit bull adopted from a shelter. One day last year the golden bit her baby on the face while they were all on the couch together, both parents were right there. They euthanized the golden. To this day, their pit bull remains harmless and adores that kid. Both dogs were around the kid since it came home from the hospital.