Lawsuit Filed Over Dog Attack At Humane Society

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Dian Lea

Estacada, OR

#1 Aug 2, 2006
What the heck? The animal is first listed in the account as a Malamute, further in the story it is identified as a Husky/Wolf cross. Which is it folks? This type of muddled reporting does no any good. I hope the young lady recovers with the least amount of lasting trauma possible. It is always so upsetting when things like this happen. Any pet has the potential for a bite, but to label it a wolfdog as you did, adds more misinformation to a already besiged breed. A northern breed such as a Mal or Wolfdog, can react badly in times of stress. As can a Lab, or any canine. How about calling it a large breed canine? Prayers said for all, two legged and four.
Renee Hunter

United States

#2 Aug 2, 2006
What a regrettable & horrible incident! I hope the little girl recovers fully. I wish I could reach out and hug her right now.

Any large breed of dog has the potential for this. Too often people dump their dogs without even telling the truth about the anial's behavior & prety drive, etc. If they didn't tell the truth about why they dumped this dog, how did anyone even determine what breed of dog it is?

Which breed of dog was it? Alaska Malamute, Husky, or Wolfdog? Was this reporter related to Geraldo? It sounds like some of his sensationalism.
Lisa

AOL

#3 Aug 3, 2006
I am so sorry that this happened to this little girl. I hope that she gets the help that she needs.
I would like to say this story reads that this dog was listed as an "Alaskan Malamute". But then goes on to say that the dog was a "Husky/ Wolf". Well, someone needs to get the facts straight. Because these are two very different dogs.
Tina

United States

#4 Aug 3, 2006
It does not matter if it was a malamute or wolf/dog big or small. If you don't know the animal DON'T ASSUME ITS FRIENDLY. Remember someone dropped the dog off.

My prayers do go out to little Kayleigh. I hope that her father and mother help her recover and help her understand that the animal could have been scared, might have had little ones poke at it in a fence area anything could be the reasoning. Teach her to respect all animals included a wolf.

I also have scares from when I was lttle and a large dog got me on the lip,nose and eye lid. But that has never stopped me from enjoying the love and kisses from my four legged friends big and small.. dog and wolf/dog...
Fran

AOL

#5 Aug 4, 2006
People don't realize that kennel situations are extremely stressful for ALL animals. I am so sorry the little girl was so badly bitten. I think the parents need to claim some responsibilty in this. Many people don't think and let their children greet strange dogs by hugging around their necks, and putting their faces in the dogs face. That is a huge no no. I have seen this time and time again.
I will keep the family in our thoughts and prayers for a complete recovery. It is very very sad.
Side note...what kind of reporting is this? They call it an Alaskan Malamute, then a husky/hybrid. Where are they getting their information? There is a WORLD of difference between the two. The reporter and the editor should have caught that they are listing two completely different breeds of dogs.
Shannon

Grand Rapids, MI

#6 Aug 4, 2006
They really need to get stuff straight before publishing it. This whole Malamute/Wolf Hybrid thing is enough to make me sick. As there is a world of difference between the two. And like you all said, any strange animal needs time to adjust. This story gets a huge 0/10.
Peg

Anchorage, AK

#7 Aug 5, 2006
First they refer to the dog as an ALaskan Malamute, then a husky/wolf. Can they not figure out what this is? Sounds to me like a hybrid of some sort. I am tired of malamutes and huskies getting a bad rap because some shelter worker has no clue what breed it is.
kirsten

Altoona, PA

#8 Aug 26, 2006
stupid,stupid people get your story straight
Katie K

Dallas, PA

#9 Sep 21, 2006
This is very sad for the little girl. I think all her medical expenses should be paid but is legal action necessary? The Humane Society should just offer to pay everything in full including a few psychological therapy sessions. The animals are the ones who are going to suffer if this family is greedy and sues for more then the original damage. I hope this isn't frivolous....let's face it. Animals are animals. There isn't enough money to spend one on one time with an animal to figure out if its aggressive or not. Itís virtually impossible. Many animals have flashbacks from being abused etc. No parent should let there child play with a strange dog to begin with. Don't blame others for your mistakes and don't make all the other animals suffer. However, I hope this settles out of court, the girl is okay and the parents are sensible/reasonable in this matter.

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