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June 17, 2011

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MediaEnthusiast

I hope he gets his ass beaten to death while he's stuck in jail.

MichelleD

Wait a minute...something must be wrong. Ontario has a pit bull ban how could this child have been bitten?

MichelleD

This has nothing to do with educating people...the guy was an asshole that wasn't watching his child and decided to blame a defenseless dog. I can only imagine he uses - or will use - similar discipline measures with his own child. The guy needs jail time and some psychological help while he's in the slammer

Gail

And one of the problems is that many times, a child/parent thinks that a dog has bitten when in fact it has simply jumped up on a small child and scratched them out of excitement. JR's are very bouncy little dogs. It seems that this dog was used to kids due to the child that held the dead dog and proclaimed he loved it. I'd be interested in hearing all of the story and a report from someone that can tell the difference between true bites and scratches. I do a lot of work with dogs of all types and often hear children say "he bit me" when in fact it was a scratch from toe nails or a dog just trying to get a treat out of fingers or fingers that smell like food just eaten. It's a very common mistake and reaction from kids and their parents that aren't used to dogs.

Peggy Pileggi

MichelleD. you didn't read the article. It was not a pit bull. It was a small, chained up, Jack Russell Terrier.

Brent

Peggy -- I'm guessing that MichelleD was being sarcastic with her comment...

kmk

Well, finally an argument against tethering that makes sense! The JRT couldn't get away from the guy with the baseball bat because it was tethered.

I would have to guess that the 18 month old was in the neighbor's yard because someone wasn't watching her.

Let's see, how many pit bulls have been killed in Ontario due to BSL?

Jennie

Also disturbing to me - that his girlfriend (in another article) was sticking up for him, stating he "isn't a monster." NORMAL human beings don't do this. Only monsters beat a small dog to death. The child didn't even need stitches! AND she admitted this dog had nipped at the kids before "but never broke skin." She mentioned the dog had growled at the children and they "usually" backed off. This whole thing is disturbing on so many levels. This poor dog's owners KNEW he was uncomfortable around children and still opted to chain him in the yard.

Does anyone know how strong Ontario's Animal Cruelty laws are? Will he even get time? Or just a slap on the wrist?

I pray that the dog owners don't get another dog. Not when they ignore warning signs and still have psychos living in their neighborhood.

PAT CROZIER

TO ME I FEEL THE JERK SHOULD HAVE TO PAY AND REPLACE THE FAMILIES DOG PLUS HE SHOULD NEVER IN HIS LIFE BE ALLOWED TO OWN A PET OR HAVE ANY TYPE OF ANIMAL IN HIS CARE HE SHOULD ALSO BE MADE WORK WITH ABUSED ANIMALS SO HE MIGHT OPEN HIS EYES AND SEE WHAT AND HOW BAD SOME OF OTHER PEOPLES ANIMALSCAN GET HURT BECAUSE SOME PARENTS DONT TEACH THEIR KIDS NOT TO TEASE OR PET DOGS UNLESS A ADULT IS PRESENT

Donna

Do not care if I sound like an animal rights fanatic but I love dogs more than people and I honestly wish this man would die, screaming.

Trudy Ashworth

Why wasn't he keeping a better eye on his baby in the first place !

Dan

I would really like to know if there has been any update to this story. Would really like to know more about what happened leading up to the bite.

Al Rubin

I too would like an update, but more importantly, I'd like to reach out to the Jack Russell's young owner and offer him a jack Russell puppy when he's ready to own a dog again. I would get a dog from a rescue society.

kmk

Gee, his girlfriend says he's not a bad person? Well, why isn't the dead toddler's mother still in the picture if this is such a great guy?

What's really sad here is if he had beat the kid to death no one would care. but don't beat a dog to death!

susanne moreno-thurman

SO VERY SAD THAT YET ANOTHER POOR ANIMAL HAD TO PAY WITH IT'S LIFE BECAUSE OF PSYCHO PARENT WHO WAS NOT WATCHING THEIR CHILD WTH WHY WAS AN 18MTH OLD OUTSIDE BY ITSELF LET ALONE NEAR THE NEIGHBOR'S YARD I HOPE THEY THROW THE BOOK AT THIS GUY FOR WHAT HE DID I DON'T CARE NO ANIMAL DESERVES TO BE BEATEN TO DEATH PERIOD! I HOPE HE IS NEVER ALLOWED TO OWN AN ANIMAL AT ALL & THE GF NEEDS TO WAKE UP & SMELL THE ROSES IF HE CAN DO THIS TO A POOR DEFENSELESS ANIMAL WHAT COULD HE DO TO A HUMAN IF HE WAS TO GET MAD AGAIN! ANIMAL CRUELTY LIKE THIS NEEDS TO STOP PERIOD & THE GUILTY NEED TO BE PUNISHED ACCORDINGLY NO MORE SLAPS ON THE WRISTS THEY NEED TO DO SERIOUS JAIL TIME!

Brent

Dan, its sounds like a group of children were out playing together and the dog bit the young girl. Some more articles and a linke to a change.org petition here:

http://www.change.org/petitions/dont-let-teddys-killer-walk-free-justice-for-little-teddy

Dan

Thanks for the other links, doesn't seem like this story picked up as much steam as it should have for an abuse case like this.

I only ask about what led up to it because it never mentions if they live in homes, or apartments. Google maps makes it look like apartments, so was everybody playing in some kind of community yard, the same community yard that the dog was tied up in....or was it an actual place of residence and the dog was tied up on private property.

Somewhereovertherainbow

If it had been a child of mine, regardless if she left our yard or not. I too, would have beat that dog.

Who is to blame, both parties. One if a dog is know to bite, it should be in a gate. Yes, the parents should have had better supervision.

Brent

By all means Rainbow, defend your right to over-react to a situation and beat a dog to death that nipped your child (and make no mistake, the child didn't even need a single stitch in the bite)). And I will side with the law that will put you in the clink for animal cruelty because you're a danger to society...and I'll win every time.

kmk

Gosh, Somewhereovertherainbow, got any flying monkeys you'd like to release? I'll tell you the same thing we tell our obedience students when they aren't watching the dog and the dog potties in the house, tears up a shoe, or digs up a plant. Roll up a newspaper, smack yourself repeatedly on the head, and say "STUPID HUMAN", because you were not watching your dog. If your own child is bitten because you weren't watching either of them, smack yourself twice as much.

One of the biggest problems we encounter in our society today is people have forgotten dogs are animals. They aren't people. They act like dogs and they don't live by our moral code. Try as we may to turn them into little people they're still going to eat poop of all description, kill squirrels, drink the dirty water in the splash guard instead of the clean water you've provided, and chew on molded firewood instead of that nifty $20 toy. They're also going to defend themselves when threatened.

The reason we have BSL and a host of other stupid pet laws is because dogs tend to behave like dogs, and we expect them to act like people.

One movie that was quite popular when I was a child but rarely gets played today is "Old Yeller" (a realistic movie, but probably much of the reason we have some of the ridiculous rabies laws we have today). Old Yeller pretty much acted like a dog.

Another great Disney movie that's difficult to find is "It's a Dog's Life", about a Bull Terrier that goes from street dog, to fighting dog, to pet dog, to Westminister (maybe not in that order). Granted, there's a narrarator in "It's a Dog's Life" that verbalizes the dog's thoughts, but they still pretty much behave like dogs.

Ethan Rehman

A lot of people will see it as the man's mistake, but we can't blame him. What he did was excessive, but we should also remember that he was only thinking about his daughter's safety. Dog owners should train and educate their pets to avoid these instances. Good thing the girl is OK now. But everybody will feel sad for the dog and its owner.

Brent

Actually Ethan, I completely blame the man. While it is ok to be concerned for your child's safety, the ridiculous and unnecessary violence on his part is completely on him.

Bob Fairlane

The best way to avoid dog bites is to not have dogs anywhere on your property or in your community!

Brent

Absolutely Bob. That's the only way to achieve a bite-free community. And what a sad community it would be.

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