The other day I got a PM on Facebook from my friend Chris White (founder: Bikers Against BSL) He asked me to weigh in on the case of a pit bull named Mickey who was facing euthanasia for having bitten a child who wandered onto his owners property.
Before even investigating the case I suspected I would probably find negligence on the part of the owner had contributed to the bite. Now I know that sounds like I am biased before I start, so let me explain. It is an unfortunate fact that in 90% of the bite cases I am asked to review owner irresponsibility plays a large part in why the dog bit. Usually (as was the case with Mickey) the dog is left unsupervised in a situation where it should not have been. (In this case Mickey was enjoying a good chew on a bone in his owners yard.)
In Mickey’s case it is not only his owner who bears responsibility, but also the guardian of the child Mickey bit. One has to ask oneself why a four year old was wandering into other peoples yards. Where were his caregivers? What idiot allows a four year old to roam the neighborhood alone?
Calm yourselves pit bull haters! I hear you screaming “How dare you blame anyone other than the PIT BULL!”
To you I say, “I DO dare to blame both the dog owner AND the guardians of the child, because THAT IS WHO IS RESPONSIBLE!”
It’s a FACT: 92% of dog owners NEVER take their dogs for basic obedience training.
It’s a FACT: Most dog owners do no breed research before obtaining a puppy of their “chosen” breed.
It’s a FACT: There is no such thing as a SAFE breed of dog. All dogs possess the ability to bite.
It’s a FACT: Most dog bites involving children occur due to negligence on the part of the dog owner and the guardian of the child.
Go ahead argue with me if you wish. But facts are facts, and fact is that Mickey’s breed had absolutely nothing to do with his current troubles. Mickey is in trouble because he is a DOG and he reacted like one.
If you ask me (and this time someone did) there should be an investigation here, an investigation as to why a four year old was left unsupervised long enough to wander onto someone elses property and get that close to a dog with a bone.
Still don’t understand what I am saying here? Read this: