child attacked at PETCO Sunday afternoon

child attacked at PETCO Sunday afternoon

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wondering

Huntsville, AL

#1 Nov 26, 2012
Why are there no news reports of the child who was attacked and mauled by a Rottweiler at PETCO Sunday afternoon? Frightening, horrifying. Beware of PETCO.
whammer Jammer

Dallas, TX

#2 Dec 1, 2012
How did this happen?
wondering

Huntsville, AL

#3 Dec 2, 2012
As I understand from a witness there: the humane soc lady, on her way in to Petco for the adopt a pet thing they do there...i am told that she found the stray dog, a Rottweiler, actually, two dogs, one a little Chihuahua-- on the rez and brought them in with her to Petco for the adoption event. Dog, one assumes both of them, not inoculated for rabies or anything else. Nor apparently screened for adoptability (is that a word?). The child was air lifted to albq..nerve damage, to say nothing of hideous facial wounds. Nothing in the paper -- this happened last Sunday afternoon, not today, Dec 2. And the paper today is full of pics of santas and dogs as fundraiser. I cannot believe there has been no reporting, no outrage. A beautiful young child horribly attacked. And silence from the press.
Concerned SJC Citizen

Durango, CO

#4 Dec 3, 2012
wondering wrote:
As I understand from a witness there: the humane soc lady, on her way in to Petco for the adopt a pet thing they do there...i am told that she found the stray dog, a Rottweiler, actually, two dogs, one a little Chihuahua-- on the rez and brought them in with her to Petco for the adoption event. Dog, one assumes both of them, not inoculated for rabies or anything else. Nor apparently screened for adoptability (is that a word?). The child was air lifted to albq..nerve damage, to say nothing of hideous facial wounds. Nothing in the paper -- this happened last Sunday afternoon, not today, Dec 2. And the paper today is full of pics of santas and dogs as fundraiser. I cannot believe there has been no reporting, no outrage. A beautiful young child horribly attacked. And silence from the press.
Please know that the LOCAL Humane Soc was not involved with the person that brougt the dog to PETCO, it was brought from the Farmington Animal shelter. I am a board member the the humane society and we DO NOT participate in adoption clincs at PETCO so please get your story straght! Yes, this was a horrible ocurrance and there should be further investigation. BUT THE HUMANE SOCIETY WAS IN NO WAY INVOLVED IN THIS. DO YOUR RESEARCH before MAKING FALSE ACCUSATIONS!!!!!!!!!
wondering

Huntsville, AL

#6 Dec 3, 2012
Thank you very much, Concerned SJC Citizen, for setting the record straight. It was horrific and to say it was traumatic for the woman who witnessed and helped the family is putting it mildly. I am hoping by this post that the story will be reported, and that the child and his sibs and his family have support and the sympathy of the community, and know that others share the outrage that such a thing could have been allowed to happen. I know that Petco is pet-friendly, but dogs should not be allowed in the store unless they are muzzled and leashed.
More info please

Kirtland, NM

#7 Dec 3, 2012
Hello, this is a Daily Times reporter. We had not heard of this incident, and I'm trying to track down some details. Do you know the name of the family involved, and the status of the child?
wondering

Huntsville, AL

#9 Dec 3, 2012
You might talk to the manager of Petco. I know the mgr talked to the witness in the last few days. Or post another here with your contact info and I shall ask witness to contact you. What I know of the child's condition is not first hand, and (see above - remarks from the humane soc. lady)I am reluctant to repeat.
The hired help

United States

#12 Dec 6, 2012
wondering wrote:
Thank you very much, Concerned SJC Citizen, for setting the record straight. It was horrific and to say it was traumatic for the woman who witnessed and helped the family is putting it mildly. I am hoping by this post that the story will be reported, and that the child and his sibs and his family have support and the sympathy of the community, and know that others share the outrage that such a thing could have been allowed to happen. I know that Petco is pet-friendly, but dogs should not be allowed in the store unless they are muzzled and leashed.
Concern SJC citizen my behind, shut up. It happens! I'm not condoning picking strays off of the Rez at all! Close the boarders! It's funny how people forget that these "animals" we call pets are still animals. No matter the breed, larger or small may bite us humans at anytime. You can not train a animal with certainty that they will never bite a human or another animal.
I am truly sorry for the child and the parents! I would hate for the same thing to happen to my child or grandchild. I have tought them to never put their face near the dogs face and never reach for their dogs food. I know kids will be kids and its happens fast. Parents need to be aware, especially around unknown "ANIMALS"
The hired help

United States

#13 Dec 6, 2012
wondering wrote:
You might talk to the manager of Petco. I know the mgr talked to the witness in the last few days. Or post another here with your contact info and I shall ask witness to contact you. What I know of the child's condition is not first hand, and (see above - remarks from the humane soc. lady)I am reluctant to repeat.
I have a good idea, lets ban them! Since it was such a vicious attack! How would you know how bad it was if the information was second hand! It's people like you that scare me! A vicious, no, let's use the word "savage" I'm sure that's more befitting of a highly educated dog attack expert.
A savage attack you mean the child is dead or laying in the hospital clinging to life.

I'm sure the incident is classified as vicious by yourself because it was a rott! I'm sure it would have been even worse if it was a pitbull.

Again, I'm not condoning what happened, but, dang! Put the blame where it belongs, with the lady that may have or may not have picked the stray up and the parent of the child.
factologist

Huntsville, AL

#14 Dec 6, 2012
So who is wrong? Petco or the city of Farmington? If it was your baby you wouldn't be very angry? Yes every parent would be enraged! Something has to change...Petco or the city?
animal safety

Grand Junction, CO

#15 Dec 7, 2012
Both. The city needs to really vet shelter animals for at least two weeks, picking the most docile animals AND breeds, and making sure they have ALL shots, including (especially) rabies. Petco needs to have the animals in a secure, calm and quiet location with a barrier from the rest of the store, so people can go in one at a time and interact with the animals with the officer keeping a CLOSE eye on the animal to subdue it if needed. Muzzles may even be needed on larger animals.
factologist wrote:
So who is wrong? Petco or the city of Farmington? If it was your baby you wouldn't be very angry? Yes every parent would be enraged! Something has to change...Petco or the city?
wondering

Huntsville, AL

#16 Dec 7, 2012
Well, 'The hired help' -- it was my to be daughter in law and her friend who witnessed and called 911 as Petco had not done so...assisted the child, his family, have pics, etc. The fact that it was a Rottweiler is really irrelevant. It was an unmuzzled dog, with wildly divergent descriptions in the Daily Times first and second articles of the event and injury to the child, and the info about the dog who most certainly was not a puppy,and what was said at the scene there on that Sunday afternoon - as I said, wildly divergent. Bad judgement on the part of the animal shelter, bad judgement on the part of Petco, and a child injured. The trauma to the child and his family, to those who witnessed and assisted is great. For you to imply that the blame is on the parent of the child is unconscionable. The family has a competent attorney to assist them, and the courts, one supposes just might decide where the responsibility for this unfortunate and tragic incident lies.
hammer

Surprise, AZ

#17 Dec 8, 2012
The level of stupidity in this town is mind boggling--from the Neanderthals who wander the streets to the "professionals" who should know better.
Ray

Apache Junction, AZ

#18 Dec 8, 2012
The dog is racist
whammer jammer

Huntsville, AL

#19 Dec 9, 2012
And yes the dog should be put down. Oh no wait, let's let it bite again and then cry for the poor mistreated dog. Forget about the kid or kids that are the next victims.
ahh

Albuquerque, NM

#20 Dec 11, 2012
whammer jammer wrote:
And yes the dog should be put down. Oh no wait, let's let it bite again and then cry for the poor mistreated dog. Forget about the kid or kids that are the next victims.
fake, did you read the article? The mother told the child to 'kiss' the dog! A strange dog in an unfamiliar place...for both! No, I would never condone the death of any living thing...you creep. You no imaginative moniker stealer. Why, would anyone condone the death of one of God's creations when put in such a stressful situation? My heart goes out to the child. He followed the direction of his parent. Who would suggest that a child should put their face in the path of sharp teeth to a completely strange animal? Why was that animal there? To find a home which had never been an opportunity for them...an abandoned animal...a shelter animal...WHAT? Jerk. get your own moniker you loser
boo hiss

Huntsville, AL

#21 Dec 12, 2012
ahh --- surely you know by now that you really should not believe everything you read in this newspaper. not the fault of the reporter, of course, who only reports what he/she is told.
Concerned SJC Citizen

Durango, CO

#22 Dec 12, 2012
The hired help wrote:
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Concern SJC citizen my behind, shut up. It happens! I'm not condoning picking strays off of the Rez at all! Close the boarders! It's funny how people forget that these "animals" we call pets are still animals. No matter the breed, larger or small may bite us humans at anytime. You can not train a animal with certainty that they will never bite a human or another animal.
I am truly sorry for the child and the parents! I would hate for the same thing to happen to my child or grandchild. I have tought them to never put their face near the dogs face and never reach for their dogs food. I know kids will be kids and its happens fast. Parents need to be aware, especially around unknown "ANIMALS"
Sorry HIRED HELP! Which is exactly and obviously what you are! You have no first hand knowledge of any animals from the Rez, which makes you exactly "the hired help" you claim to be as they are not ONE OF THE THE EXPERTS which I happen to be in this case! I have helped and have first hand knowledge of THOUSANDS of rescued animals from the Rez! You see I AM IN THE FRONT LINES ON THIS ISSUE SO YOU SHUT UP! GET A LIFE, AND DO SOME RESEARCH ON WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. 1 OUT OF 100 HAVE ISSUES THAT CANNOT BE RESOLVED. THE REALITY IS - THEY ARE COMFORTABLE WITH PEOPLE AS THEY RELY ON THEM FOR FOOD AND THEY ALSO GET ALONG BETTER WITH ANIMALS AS THEY HAVE TO INORDER FOR THEM TO SURVIVE. You may want to write about something that you actually KNOW about! I have been told by the many shelters in our county and surrounding counties that they can easily adopt animals from the REZ as they are already acclimated.

You are correct, the natural instinct for most animals is to bite for protection. WHEN THEY FEEL THREATENED! HOWEVER, THE MAJORITY OF DOGS CAN BE TRAINED BY A LOVING AND CARING PERSON, WHICH YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY NOT! JUST KILL THEM ALL!!!!!!! SO, SORRY TO TELL YOU THAT THIS POOR DOG HAS ACTUALLY BEEN ADOPTED INTO A VERY STABLE AND LOVING HOME AFTER BEING THROUGHLY EVALUATED BY THE NEW EXPERTS AT FAS THAT HAVE BEEN DOING EVALUATIONS FOR OVER 18 YEARS! You are an idiot and quite frankly a person that I do have not time to deal with - as I am too busy saving ALL animals from psychos like you!. SO, YOUR RANTS ARE FALLING ON DEAF EARS. THE DOG IS SAFE AND HE DESERVES TO LIVE!

The child being bitten was horrific AND MY HEART BREAKS FOR THIS FAMILY BUT, THE DOG IS NOT AT FAULT! However it is obvious the previous staff at FAS did not evaluate this animal and make sure it was comfortable being around all of new people in a strange environment.
ahh

Albuquerque, NM

#23 Dec 12, 2012
Concerned SJC Citizen wrote:
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Sorry HIRED HELP! Which is exactly and obviously what you are! You have no first hand knowledge of any animals from the Rez, which makes you exactly "the hired help" you claim to be as they are not ONE OF THE THE EXPERTS which I happen to be in this case! I have helped and have first hand knowledge of THOUSANDS of rescued animals from the Rez! You see I AM IN THE FRONT LINES ON THIS ISSUE SO YOU SHUT UP! GET A LIFE, AND DO SOME RESEARCH ON WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. 1 OUT OF 100 HAVE ISSUES THAT CANNOT BE RESOLVED. THE REALITY IS - THEY ARE COMFORTABLE WITH PEOPLE AS THEY RELY ON THEM FOR FOOD AND THEY ALSO GET ALONG BETTER WITH ANIMALS AS THEY HAVE TO INORDER FOR THEM TO SURVIVE. You may want to write about something that you actually KNOW about! I have been told by the many shelters in our county and surrounding counties that they can easily adopt animals from the REZ as they are already acclimated.
You are correct, the natural instinct for most animals is to bite for protection. WHEN THEY FEEL THREATENED! HOWEVER, THE MAJORITY OF DOGS CAN BE TRAINED BY A LOVING AND CARING PERSON, WHICH YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY NOT! JUST KILL THEM ALL!!!!!!! SO, SORRY TO TELL YOU THAT THIS POOR DOG HAS ACTUALLY BEEN ADOPTED INTO A VERY STABLE AND LOVING HOME AFTER BEING THROUGHLY EVALUATED BY THE NEW EXPERTS AT FAS THAT HAVE BEEN DOING EVALUATIONS FOR OVER 18 YEARS! You are an idiot and quite frankly a person that I do have not time to deal with - as I am too busy saving ALL animals from psychos like you!. SO, YOUR RANTS ARE FALLING ON DEAF EARS. THE DOG IS SAFE AND HE DESERVES TO LIVE!
The child being bitten was horrific AND MY HEART BREAKS FOR THIS FAMILY BUT, THE DOG IS NOT AT FAULT! However it is obvious the previous staff at FAS did not evaluate this animal and make sure it was comfortable being around all of new people in a strange environment.
While most have compassion for the injuried of the child, we are in agreement. That little animal was put in a stressful situation and protected itself. What parent, in their right mind would suggest to their child to 'kiss' an animal who is number one, a stranger, number 2...an immature puppy...why would we 'kill' an animal who is doing what they are instinctually programmed to do? Parents, never, never encourage you child to show affection to a strange animal. Handlers...never let that animal out of your sight. You are responsible for the demise of said potential pet.
ORIGINAL whammer jammer

Huntsville, AL

#24 Dec 12, 2012
Listen dip ship. The witness said the parent DID NOT say that to the child. The friction Rez dog bit because it's a rotweiler! Just like a pit bull it's natural to bite the shit out of people! And ahhh, ahh just shut your pie hole.

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