Doberman kills baby

Full story: Chicago Tribune

An 8-month-old Brooklyn boy was mauled to death by his family's Doberman pinscher on Thursday as the boy played on the floor of his apartment, the police said.
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shelly

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Jan 4, 2008
 
may god bless that boy in heaven. My heart is broken for those parents what a horrible thing to go thru. May God help you through this horrible tragedy...
vanessa

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Jan 4, 2008
 
This is what happens when you leave a child unattended with a large dog...you should never be in another room or even three feet away from a baby and a dog. My collie would lay like lassie with my son when he was an infant but never did I walk out of the room for a min or leave my son with the dog unless I was in the room. The dog could've snapped or there could be other reasons of resentment towards the child and that is why he attacked. Animals are animals and people need to stop forgetting that their dogs are canines and not humans in fur. It's very sad this had to happen to an innocent child.
Loopy Lopez

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Jan 4, 2008
 
Is the dog still alive? I'd like to give him to my wife as a Valentine's Day Gift.
Tim1979

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Jan 4, 2008
 
"The city's health department, in a statement released late Thursday, said the dog and the circumstances of the attack remained under investigation. It said it would "make a recommendation about the animal's future that best protects the public's safety.""

"It said Macabee, who is neutered, could be euthanized if he is determined to be dangerous. Under city rules, the owner of a dangerous dog must agree to have it euthanized, or a hearing must be held to determine whether the city can order such action. Other options include muzzling a dog or removing it from the city."

I find it utterly astounding that anyone is even debating about what to do with the dog. It attacked and killed a baby. It should be killed immediately.

Man, the world is apparently upside down in NYC, at least as it relates to dealing with animals that kill people.
Diversity

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Jan 4, 2008
 
Tim1979 wrote:
"The city's health department, in a statement released late Thursday, said the dog and the circumstances of the attack remained under investigation. It said it would "make a recommendation about the animal's future that best protects the public's safety.""
"It said Macabee, who is neutered, could be euthanized if he is determined to be dangerous. Under city rules, the owner of a dangerous dog must agree to have it euthanized, or a hearing must be held to determine whether the city can order such action. Other options include muzzling a dog or removing it from the city."
I find it utterly astounding that anyone is even debating about what to do with the dog. It attacked and killed a baby. It should be killed immediately.
Man, the world is apparently upside down in NYC, at least as it relates to dealing with animals that kill people.
As I said earlier, I'd love to take the dog in. I think the dog could help me with my marital problems.
Jill

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Jan 4, 2008
 
As a proud doberman owner, I can tell everyone that this is NOT the typical behavior for the breed. In fact, these dogs have been penned as "velcro dogs" due to their loving and usually gentle personality. There's one of two things going on here... Either the grandmother did something weird to promote the dog attacking the child and isn't telling the entire story (hey, stranger things have happened) or the dog is mentally unstable, just like there are people who are unstable. It happens, regardless of breed. What this article doesn't tell you is that the number one dog breed for malicious bites isn't a doberman, rottweiler or pitbull but the cocker spaniel. And followed by that are a slew of small and toy breeds like shi-tzu's and maltese dogs. Fortunately, these dogs are small enough (cocker spaniel included) that they can't inflict much damage to a child. What also stood out to me in this story was that the dog was only 62 pounds... so either it was a young dog or a very thin and unhealthy one as a fully grown, adult male doberman should be 25 to 35 pounds over that weight AT LEAST. Something doesn't fit with this story... I think we're all going to be very surprised once we find out what really happened.
maria

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Jan 4, 2008
 
Jill wrote:
As a proud doberman owner, I can tell everyone that this is NOT the typical behavior for the breed. In fact, these dogs have been penned as "velcro dogs" due to their loving and usually gentle personality. There's one of two things going on here... Either the grandmother did something weird to promote the dog attacking the child and isn't telling the entire story (hey, stranger things have happened) or the dog is mentally unstable, just like there are people who are unstable. It happens, regardless of breed. What this article doesn't tell you is that the number one dog breed for malicious bites isn't a doberman, rottweiler or pitbull but the cocker spaniel. And followed by that are a slew of small and toy breeds like shi-tzu's and maltese dogs. Fortunately, these dogs are small enough (cocker spaniel included) that they can't inflict much damage to a child. What also stood out to me in this story was that the dog was only 62 pounds... so either it was a young dog or a very thin and unhealthy one as a fully grown, adult male doberman should be 25 to 35 pounds over that weight AT LEAST. Something doesn't fit with this story... I think we're all going to be very surprised once we find out what really happened.
Ya, but sometimes, like people, there is a bad apple. This could be the case too. My friend only has dobermans and loves them. I personally like the lab. Regardless of "how" this happened, it's just awful.
acris

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Jan 6, 2008
 
We should not waste tax payers money. There is no doubt to put tha animal to sleep.
fokion

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Mar 11, 2008
 
we should put u to sleep and ppl like u that think that way...defrenetely parents fault and not the dogs
proud to be black

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Mar 11, 2008
 
fokion wrote:
we should put u to sleep and ppl like u that think that way...defrenetely parents fault and not the dogs
NOW WHAT YOU SAID WAS CRUEL. IF A DOG DID THAT TO YOUR CHILD , I THINK THAT YOU WOULD WANT THAT DOG PUT TO SLEEP. IF NOT YOU ARE NOT HUMAN AND SHOULD BE PUT TO SLEEP AS WELL.
gary simonds

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Mar 11, 2008
 
what the hell was these dumb ass parents thinking??? and why would they allow a dog that that around a kid?? the parents need some long jail time for being stupid asses. the dog needs to be shot!! when will people/pet owners ever smarten up
fokion

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Mar 12, 2008
 
EXCUSE ME FOR BEING CRUEL BUT I M SICK AND TIRED OF PPL BLAMING ANIMALS JUST TO JUSTIFY THEIR LUCK OF RESPONSIBILITY...WHO THE HELL WOULD LEAVE AN 8 MONTH OLD LITTLE BABY ON THE FLOOR WITH A DOG IN THE HOUSE,I REPEAT...IF NOT THE PARENTS FAULT ,THEN ITS THE GRANDMUMS FAULT FOR SURE...BEFORE U MAKE BABYS,MAKE SURE U R RESPONSIBLE FIRST..
Danielle

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Apr 28, 2008
 
It is definitely not the dogs fault but the "owners" - dogs are products of their environment; just as violent kids are - although more so with dogs as they can ONLY be how we train them to be, rather than having outside influences as well. There are also no "bad seeds" dog or person; a genetically unstable dog can be trained to be stable, etc. it just takes more work, and a human that one may consider a "bad seed" really has a mental illness - or became that due to their environment as well. I think in this case the "owners" should be charged accordingly,w/manslaughter and the dog should be given to a doberman rescue org. to be properly trained and adopted out. Those that think the dog should be euthanized or worse obviously does NOT understand dog behavior at all.
fokion

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#16
Apr 29, 2008
 
i totally agree with u danielle..finaly sb made a point..doesnt take mutch..just some comon sence..i feel sorry for the family and i hope your wounds will heal soon..
frank

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May 22, 2008
 
I agree what danielle said....

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