Friday, August 22, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Here's the thing that's bugging me today: I have a friend who owned a greyhound that didn't like kids. About 2 years ago, the dog bit a little girl in the face and hit her right in the eye. The bite was bad enough that the kid needed corrective surgery to repair the damage. Last week, the dog lunged at another child and managed to land a bite on the side of the kid's head--fortunately this time she didn't break the skin, just badly bruised the child. My friend decided that the dog had two bites too many and made an appointment to have the dog humanely euthanized. She called the greyhound rescue organization that adopted the dog to her almost six years ago to tell them what happened and that she was taking the dog to be put down for her aggression toward kids.
The greyhound rescue insisted that it wanted this dog back because they would find it a new home without kids. My friend objected because, being a rational person who knows her fearful dog pretty well, she thought it would be irresponsible to rehome a dog with two solid, live bites.
The rescue didn't agree, told her that they place dogs with far more serious aggression problems than her dog had, and reminded her that she signed a contract when she adopted agreeing to give the dog back to the rescue if she didn't want it any longer. My friend felt backed into a corner and when someone showed up at her house to reclaim the dog, she let them take it.
How does that relate to this story about a pit bull that bit a kid?
Well, the way I see it, if this bite is worth a news story, that greyhound should have made headlines as well two years ago when it nearly took out a kid's eye. But because it was a greyhound and not a pit bull, it didn't even make a blip on the dog-bite radar. And I also think it odd that a greyhound rescue acknowledged that it adopts out dogs with more serious aggression histories than the dog I wrote about above, who had two bites under her belt already. Which means what? Well, to me that means that there are lots of other greyhounds out there that bite people and that, for some reason, crazy recue people think that is OK for their dogs so they just go and place them into new homes. Yet we never hear about those greyhound bites--at least I haven't heard about them and I'm looking for stuff like that!--and it makes me wonder why some serious surgery-inducing dog bites are news and some are not.
Poor kid--I can't figure out how the daycare provider wouldn't notice a toddler slip out the back door into the yard where the dog was. I mean, if you have a yard with a dog in it, and you babysit kids, don't you keep the back door securely locked?
And why is it that in so many of these dog bite incidents, the dog in question belongs to a son or grandson of the homeowner? It makes me wonder.
Boy in day care bitten by pit bull
Harford toddler undergoes head surgery
By Mary Gail Hare Sun Reporter
August 19, 2008
An 18-month-old boy was seriously injured when he was bitten by a pit bull yesterday, soon after he arrived at the home of an Aberdeen day care provider, police said.
Aberdeen police officers, responding shortly after 8 a.m. to the incident in the 800 block of Edmund St., found the little boy bleeding from deep bites to his head, injuries that required surgery at Johns Hopkins Children's Center, police said.
"Surgery was required to close the head injury," said Sgt. Fred Budnick, Aberdeen Police Department spokesman. The child is out of surgery, but Budnick did not know his condition.
Hospital officials said they are legally barred from commenting on the condition of an unidentified patient. Police are not naming the child or the day care owner.
Ida Hendrix, who lives next door to the day care provider, said her husband, James Hendrix, told her he was in their backyard when he saw the dog biting the child. His yells prompted the animal to drop the boy, she said. Hendrix grabbed the child and applied pressure to his head to stem the bleeding, while the day care provider called 911, Ida Hendrix said.
"The bites were so bad that the child's scalp was showing," she said.
A woman who answered the phone at the day care late yesterday declined to comment.
Before taking the child to the hospital, paramedics from the Aberdeen Fire Department treated the child, who remained conscious throughout the incident.
The dog, an 18-month-old pure-bred male, belonged to the son of the day care owner and was restrained in a fenced yard, police said. The owner told police that the animal had interacted with children in the past without incident, police said.
"As far as we know, there have been no other incidents reported with this dog," Budnick said.
The provider, whose day care business is licensed through the county Health Department, told police that she was unaware the toddler had slipped out the back door and into the yard where the incident occurred. One other child was in her care at the time.
George Mercer, spokesman for Aberdeen Proving Ground, said the caregiver is registered with the post's Children and Youth Services program, which can refer parents to providers. Mercer declined to give the name of the provider.
The presence of a pit bull would not preclude the Health Department from licensing the day care, officials said.
"We can't discriminate against any breed of dog," said Pamela Arney, Harford's animal control officer.
The Harford County Animal Control unit has taken custody of the dog, while the Health Department continues its investigation.
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
I'm so sad I forgot to bring my camera--he had so much fun!