|Barked: Tue Aug 15, '06 12:02pm PST |
|I hate to say it but I think Jake's mom might be right in thinking that for everyone's safety he should be put to sleep. If he has bitten before and it is getting worse, then what happens if the next person that sets him off is a small child out playing and Jake slips past mom at the door?
If you know your dog is aggressive and you don't do something to protect people from that dog-you might as well be the one that mauls the kid. Sorry but I am a mother first and a dog lover second. Kids are attacked and terribly injured every day, some die, because people keep giving an aggressive dog another chance. Because it is best for the dog? No, usually because they don't want to lose their pet. I am sorry but my step daughter's friend lost 2 months of school, a chunk of her arm, and her un-scarred face last year for reason's very similar to this.
If you know your dogs aggression is out of control (and biting multiple people is) then you have to think not so much of how you will feel if you put him to sleep but how you would feel if you face a dog bite victim and half to justify why you didn't. Not every aggressive dog can be rehabed. I know this won't be a popular view but my husband is a fire fighter and he worked that little girl's call after she was mauled-he told me that night when they put her on the chopper to medivac her to a children's hospital there was only a 50/50 chance she would live because of blood loss alone. And this was a dog that "snipped at folks but never meant it". Her grandmother lost a chunk of arm trying to save the kid. And it was a dog they knew. The medical bills the family is facing are unreal. The child will never be the same. And now all of her freinds are terrified that the next dog they see will hurt them too.
This is a tough topic. But Jake's mom said she wanted to vent. She said she couldn't see locking him away from the world and still giving him a life. And if the aggresion is due to lack of social skills locking him away won't help any. She also said she feels he is a liability now and she has trouble looking at him the same way. I think if it has gotten to that point, and you know that you can't re-home a dog that is aggressive in most cases (I know someone will disagree with that), then maybe putting him to sleep is for the best. It sounds to me like you have tried to make it work. And there are lots of reason's to put him down and reason's not to. But I do think that keeping a dog who is aggressive is going to keep you pinned in this situation and you aren't going to feel comfortable with Jake-you will always be waiting to see if this is the day he snaps. That will keep you constantly stressed and he will pick up on that and he will be stressed. If I were in your shoes I would put him to sleep.
Sorry if I have offended any other members but this is a touchy subject for me lately-it has been a big issue in our town and for our family. I couldn't convince my husband to adopt a rescue-why, because of this particular attack-he couldn't trust an older dog with the kids. My step daughter is scared of Katie if she play barks and puppy bites now because of what happend-even though Katie is a puppy. And my husband saw the little girl recently and she remembered the whole thing-she told him she saw him on the chopper and he was nice to her. And yes she remembers being mauled. So I just can't agree that all agressive dogs should be given chance after chance. There has to be a limit-for everyone's safety.
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