UPDATED: 16-month-old girl killed by family's pit bull in Las Cruces

May 8, 2012 Full story: Las Cruces Sun-News 10

A 16-month-old child died Tuesday after being mauled by her family dog, a 2-year-old pit bull, in the backyard of her grandparents' house on the 800 block of Stone Canyon Drive.

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RoastPuppy

Jacksonville, FL

#1 May 9, 2012
How many more deaths and attacks leaving people (particularly children) scarred for life is it going to take before people get it through their thick pit nutter skulls that these monsters are DANGEROUS?!
NotSoFast

Albuquerque, NM

#2 May 9, 2012
First off, I don't like pits, I like retrievers. This story did however pique my interest in statistics this afternoon that you might find interesting.

Number of children (<18) killed by dogs in the US 2005-2010: 101
Number of children killed by negligent parents by backovers, frontovers as asphyxiation 2005-1020: 1470

Number of dogs in the US: 72,114,000
Number of parents in the US: 148,800,000

So, for roughly every 700,000 dogs one kills a child.(yes, a lot of them are pit variants)

However, unfortunately for us, the 'smarter' species, for every parent, one in just over 100,000 kills a child.

...and these stats don't include car crashes where the child was not strapped in nor drownings.

Which monsters exactly are more dangerous again?
bitetheignorant

Glendale, AZ

#3 May 9, 2012
I was attacked by a pitbull riding my bike three months ago. Another one jumped a fence on three different occasions and bit the father of three young girls the third time over the fence.

People with young children should not have a pitbull. This is certainly a form of child abuse.
Sheer stupidity and ignorance!
paul

Las Cruces, NM

#4 May 10, 2012
It's not the breed! It's the owner!

Since: Dec 10

Albuquerque

#6 May 10, 2012
RoastPuppy wrote:
How many more deaths and attacks leaving people (particularly children) scarred for life is it going to take before people get it through their thick pit nutter skulls that these monsters are DANGEROUS?!
Between 350,000 and 400,000 by my estimate. But maybe we should ban alcohol first. That kills a million times more people.
Concerned citizen

Euless, TX

#7 May 17, 2012
I feel so horrible for this precious little one! I also feel horrible for the family as well. Sending prayers for them. Pitbulls are naturally aggressive it has NOThINg to do with how they r raised! They are just a bad bread of dogs that should be banned in my personal opinion!

“Kees Mee, I's Ireesh”

Since: Jun 09

Ol' Juarez

#8 May 17, 2012
Concerned citizen wrote:
I feel so horrible for this precious little one! I also feel horrible for the family as well. Sending prayers for them. Pitbulls are naturally aggressive it has NOThINg to do with how they r raised! They are just a bad bread of dogs that should be banned in my personal opinion!
I feel sorry for the family and for the dog too. All dogs can have the propensity for viciousness. Years back it was the Rottweiler, then the Dobie and now the Pit Bull.
The grandmother to me was negligent in her actions. Why would anyone leave any dog alone with a small child or with any child for that matter.
I have dogs, no Pits but I still don't allow my great nieces or great nephew around them without supervision. Children have a tendency to "hurt" the animals, unintentionally and the animal takes it as a sign of aggression by them.
pit bull propoganda

Albuquerque, NM

#9 May 27, 2012
So sad for the little girl. The bottom line is :
responsible pet owners = well behaved animals. Period.
It's not the dog or type of dogs fault.
LawStruck Down

Los Alamos, NM

#10 May 29, 2012
NotSoFast wrote:
First off, I don't like pits, I like retrievers. This story did however pique my interest in statistics this afternoon that you might find interesting.
Number of children (<18) killed by dogs in the US 2005-2010: 101
Number of children killed by negligent parents by backovers, frontovers as asphyxiation 2005-1020: 1470
Number of dogs in the US: 72,114,000
Number of parents in the US: 148,800,000
So, for roughly every 700,000 dogs one kills a child.(yes, a lot of them are pit variants)
However, unfortunately for us, the 'smarter' species, for every parent, one in just over 100,000 kills a child.
...and these stats don't include car crashes where the child was not strapped in nor drownings.
Which monsters exactly are more dangerous again?
Number is fraudulent. Number killed in NM that year, but not reported by cops, is about the same.

Since: Dec 10

Albuquerque

#11 May 30, 2012
Relax, it's okay. All part of God's plan. Just like this post.

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