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Old 12-02-2007, 07:49 PM
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Default Boy, 9, savaged by dog at home

To me, this just sounds like a stupid kid who was probably
teasing the dog.

Otherwise, what kind of idiot sits on their fence
and dangles their feet into their neighbors yard when
they know they have a dog?
Clearly the parents where not watching the child
and they are to blame, not the dog.

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A SYDNEY boy is recovering from surgery after being attacked and mauled by a dog.

The nine-year-old was sitting on a fence in the backyard of his home at Tregear in Sydney's west on Friday with his feet dangling into a neighbour's yard.

“It is believed the boy was attacked by the dog around the legs and feet,” a police spokesman said.

“He sustained cuts to his legs and tendon and ligament damage and has undergone surgery in hospital.”

Police said the attack was being investigated by detectives and council rangers who may recommend that the dog be destroyed.

Channel 7 identified the dog as a female American pit bull, named Sugar.
Nice to see the paper did not try and dramatize the breed in there Title this time though.

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Old 12-02-2007, 08:01 PM
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More stupid parents !!! I hope that they don't blame the dog !!!!
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Old 12-02-2007, 08:37 PM
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Descriptions are always misleading. Just like the kid who got chewed up by our dogs almost 10 years ago was said in the court report thingy to be "helping us in the garage." In reality, she had been told to go home, and decided instead to scream at the top of her lungs and go running into the garage while the dogs were looking out from behind the screen door to the house. For some reason I doubt that this kid was just sitting benignly on the fence, enjoying his day.
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Old 12-02-2007, 09:54 PM
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*shakes head*

I don't even know what to say. >:O
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Old 12-02-2007, 10:14 PM
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^^^^ Im with you on that. Im just speechless. Who lets their kid sit on the top of a fence that high anyhow???
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Old 12-02-2007, 10:18 PM
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Baham .... fill us in !!! That must have been horrible for you !
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I'll bet the dog's not really a Pit Bull :\
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Baham .... fill us in !!! That must have been horrible for you !
Yeah, it was pretty yucky, and not something I'd ever want to deal with again. The short version is I owned two dogs that had been undersocialized and poorly bred, and they didn't like the neighbor's daughter. Kid was always hanging around, making trouble, not watched by her parents in spite of our requests. She would do things like squirt the hose at our dogs, stand outside the window and tease them, get right up next to the fence and drive them nuts. (I always stopped it when I saw it.)

One day, she was hanging around, we told her to take a hike, instead she started screeching and ran into our garage. Dogs were watching out the door, started barking when they saw that, and one of them jumped up and hit the latch. Girl turned to run, tripped on her baggy pants, fell on her face on the concrete, and the dogs got her. She ended up with a split on her face where she hit her head on the concrete, and a bite on her arm and foot. Our dogs were seized and euthanized, and we were sued for $100K. (Insurance settled at $75.) Her mom was driving a nice Corvette after that, and thankfully they moved shortly after.

I have a lot of regret from those days. I was 18 and had never experienced anything like that. It kind of dimmed my opinion of "protective" dogs, and also backyard breeding. Those dogs existed because we'd bred them -- they were a Pit Bull/Akita mix and Pit Bull from the same litter -- and they were unsocialized because we allowed it. The factors which led up to the attack were arguably not our fault, or at least not all our fault, but we should've done better.

Its just one of those ugly things in my resume that I don't like to talk about unless it can help somebody else not to make the same mistake.

ETA: The girl is a teenager now. And ironically, she loves Pit Bulls, and wants to start a rescue. She came up to me a few years back, and we had a moment of closure, which was nice. It seems like she grew up with some kind of sense in spite of her parents, and in spite of what happened to her.
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Old 12-03-2007, 01:37 AM
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Baha at least you grew from it hun. That sounds awful.

I just... never know what to say.
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Just to ,make a point, I suspect you are right that the kid was not sitting on the fence enjoying the sunshine . . BUT

why his parents let him sit on a fence that high: I'm average height for a woman, and my legs would dangle if I was sitting on a four foot, or even three foot fence. So just saying his legs were dangling gives no idea of how high the fence was. (I didn't see the height given)

I sat on fences all the time, including boundary fences, as a child, and no one thought anything of it (though, admittedly, my legs were usually on MY side of the fence).

Maybe the kid's parents weren't home . . . or were home but not watching him. Maybe parents should watch their children at all times . . . though how they are supposed to do that, and whether its a good idea, is another question. But frankly, I was allowed out of the house, pretty much alone, on our own property, at that age, and I really wouldn't think twice of letting my kid (if I had one) play out in the yard while I was, say, working upstairs.

The kid could have provoked the dog. The parents might have told the child not to do that. There might have been problems before and the parents never corrected the dog. There are all sorts of ways the kid or his parents could be at fault.

But saying the parents are bad because their child was sitting on a fence sounds like 1) the need to blame someone, and 2) the overprotective, smothering culture of extreme risk avoidance that I am convinced is ruining the current generation of children.
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