3-year-old seriously injured in dog attack

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Northglenn Police say they responded to a report of a dog attack at a home in the 10400 block of Clarkson Street around 11 a.m. The 3-year-old's grandmother, Tammy Portugal, told police one of her two ... Full Story
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Pedro

Denver, CO

#1 Sep 20, 2007
Poor dog
Yoo Hoo

Fort Collins, CO

#2 Sep 20, 2007
That's why as grandmother to a 3 year old, I do not have dogs...contrary to what most of the public believes, dogs and kids do not go together! Matter of fact, as a child I was attacked by a collie. That incident has stayed with me all my life. Better safe than sorry, I say.
ohno

Denver, CO

#3 Sep 20, 2007
I pray the boy is ok, how scarey for him and the grandma. We have two dogs and I feel so safe with children around them, I guess you just can't be too careful. (they are a lab and a Collie)
local guy

Denver, CO

#5 Sep 20, 2007
wonder what the kid did to the dog to provoke it?
Really

Englewood, CO

#6 Sep 20, 2007
Yoo Hoo wrote:
That's why as grandmother to a 3 year old, I do not have dogs...contrary to what most of the public believes, dogs and kids do not go together! Matter of fact, as a child I was attacked by a collie. That incident has stayed with me all my life. Better safe than sorry, I say.
A responsible pet owner knows that you never leave a dog and a child alone. But they can go together. A dog can be trained to be around children BUT the children need to also be trained to be around dogs. Sadly, they usually aren't. It is the owner, not the dog, that allows most dog bites to occur.
local guy

Denver, CO

#7 Sep 20, 2007
I grew up with a collie, they are about the best dog you can have for children, protective without becoming viciously overprotective.
ohno wrote:
I pray the boy is ok, how scarey for him and the grandma. We have two dogs and I feel so safe with children around them, I guess you just can't be too careful.(they are a lab and a Collie)
doglovr

Denver, CO

#8 Sep 20, 2007
Yoo Hoo wrote:
That's why as grandmother to a 3 year old, I do not have dogs...contrary to what most of the public believes, dogs and kids do not go together! Matter of fact, as a child I was attacked by a collie. That incident has stayed with me all my life. Better safe than sorry, I say.
Yes, although most people with dogs are responsible, know the dog and how the dog is with children. I have 2 dogs and 4 kids. There's a very low percentage of people who own dogs and have children and have any aggressive behavior towards the children. Bites that do occur (statisticly) ate almost always pitbulls or rotties.
doglovr

Denver, CO

#9 Sep 20, 2007
Sorry about the typo (ate is supposed to be are) I know some people on this site really like to find typos and then write a lot nasty words about it.
lvdgs

Denver, CO

#11 Sep 20, 2007
Yoo Hoo wrote:
That's why as grandmother to a 3 year old, I do not have dogs...contrary to what most of the public believes, dogs and kids do not go together! Matter of fact, as a child I was attacked by a collie. That incident has stayed with me all my life. Better safe than sorry, I say.
I disagree. Animals (especially dogs) bring so much to children's lives, the good far outweighs the few incidences of poor judgment on the owners part.
Nudnik

Denver, CO

#12 Sep 20, 2007
The dog must be an illegal alien.

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Lakewood, CO

#13 Sep 20, 2007
Babe wrote:
Some grandmother. probably lets him play in traffic, too. Rotts are like a loaded gun.
Quite a few are but it comes down to, "Is the Alpha human the Alpha dog?" If not, things like this can happen. If the Human is the true Alpha being in the household this would never happen.
Stacked

Salt Lake City, UT

#15 Sep 20, 2007
Not a pit bull huh? Weird....

My thoughts and prayers are with the boy and his family....
Sarah

Colorado Springs, CO

#16 Sep 20, 2007
doglovr wrote:
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Yes, although most people with dogs are responsible, know the dog and how the dog is with children. I have 2 dogs and 4 kids. There's a very low percentage of people who own dogs and have children and have any aggressive behavior towards the children. Bites that do occur (statisticly) ate almost always pitbulls or rotties.
Statistically Labs are most likely to bite, but they generally aren't as devestating as Pit or Rottie bites so aren't in the news. Rotties and Pit Bulls can be loving, darling dogs, but they have to be trained well. Also kids have to be watched very carefully. My 3 year old had to be taught not to pull our lab's tail just recently.

I hope the 3 year old is going to be okay, poor wee guy. I'll be thinking about him. I feel bad for his grandma too.
Farmer Joe

Denver, CO

#17 Sep 20, 2007
Agree with "Really." Children must be taught to treat the animals with respect. Yes, animal can over react, but when both are properly trained the chance of bad things hapening declines. Rotties or Poodles, they can all bite. I have a scar by my eye from some little yippie dog that got me when I was young as I tried to pet it.

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BOULDER

#19 Sep 20, 2007
lvdgs wrote:
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I disagree. Animals (especially dogs) bring so much to children's lives, the good far outweighs the few incidences of poor judgment on the owners part.
Dogs snap, nothing to do with the owners....stop being delusional before its way too late....
Alice

Colorado Springs, CO

#20 Sep 20, 2007
lvdgs wrote:
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I disagree. Animals (especially dogs) bring so much to children's lives, the good far outweighs the few incidences of poor judgment on the owners part.
I agree.

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Since: Jul 07

Denver

#21 Sep 20, 2007
Sarah wrote:
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Statistically Labs are most likely to bite,
ah, what? Pits and Rotts are most likely to bite. What stats are you reading?
Alice

Colorado Springs, CO

#23 Sep 20, 2007
I mean, I agree with lvdgs. I think stacked is delusional and their post makes no sense.

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Denver

#24 Sep 20, 2007
Stacked wrote:
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Dogs snap, nothing to do with the owners....stop being delusional before its way too late....
Well when your 3 and your grab the tail, pokem in the eyes and grab the ears....

That said, who knows, but very sad.
frank

Winter Park, CO

#26 Sep 20, 2007
Farmer Joe wrote:
Agree with "Really." Children must be taught to treat the animals with respect. Yes, animal can over react, but when both are properly trained the chance of bad things hapening declines.
Little kids will pull on a dog's tail and do things that might "provoke" it regardless of anything you teach them or respect you instill in the child.

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