Patron Poses A Problem

 |  May 28th 2009  |   14 Contributions


Recently I posted an article on Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's foundation he started for police dogs, Ben Roethlisberger Foundation.

Today there's another Steeler in the news who has a love of dogs, but his story is about saving the life of his dog. Patron, a pit bull, attacked his two-year-old son injuring him. Normally after a dog has bitten he'll be put down, but owner James Harrison wants to save Patron and re-home him.

The animal may be getting some good news, too. James Harrison is trying to find a way to keep the dog from being put down.

The original plan was to hand the dog over to Animal Control, and they'd send him into the doggie afterlife after a 10-day quarantine. Now, though, they're trying to find a place to take and rehabilitate the animal.

Some may find that a controversial decision. The general rule -- and it's not an unreasonable one -- seems to be that if a dog attacks a person, that dog's got to go. Especially if it's attacked a baby. We can't have dogs running around eating babies.

But James Harrison loves his dog. So much so that he named him after a tequila that is very popular among rappers. And I can understand that; I love my dogs, too. My collie Tanqueray, my basset hound Grey Goose, my shetland sheepdog Crown Royal Reserve ... they'll all wonderful animals.

And it's not like Harrison's talking about keeping the dog in his house. It's not like he's going to cover his baby in steak sauce and let the dog sleep next to his crib. He just wants to explore the option of the dog living with a rescue organization, far far away from anyone he could hurt. I don't see the harm in that.

Luckily, and most importantly, is the fact that the baby is alright. In another article it stated the dog attacked the baby when he started crying. Patron had never shown any aggression prior to this incident. I don't know what the outcome will be, but I can certainly understand why Harrison doesn't want his dog put down.

Give me a bark, do you think Patron should be given a second chance in a secure environment?

*Pic of Patron courtesy Bob Donaldson/Post-Gazette

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