Dr. Eric Barchas | Oct 26th 2011
The Telegraph reported two days ago about an unusual dog attack. A relative of the owner of a
Pit Staffordshire Bull Terrier gave the dog a beer (a Stella Artois, no less). The drunken dog later bit a child, causing serious injury to his face.
A request to authorities to euthanize the dog was not granted due to the extenuating circumstance of intoxication. Since dogs don’t purposefully get drunk, the dog was deemed not fully responsible for his actions.
The mother of the injured child expressed outrage that the dog was not put down. In my opinion, her justifiable anger should be directed at the person who got the dog drunk. Clearly giving dogs beer is not just a waste of beer — it also has the potential to be dangerous to both dogs and people.
Photo: the one type of dog that really does go well with beer.
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