Dog mauls girl, 7, in Westside yard

Dog mauls girl, 7, in Westside yard

There are 295 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Jul 6, 2007, titled Dog mauls girl, 7, in Westside yard. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

A 7-year-old girl suffered injuries to her arm and head after a dog mauled her Thursday on the Westside, police said.

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#2 Jul 6, 2007
This is aweful. At least it was not a PitBull. Bart's plan to ban Pitbull's would not of helped this poor little girl. Other dog's do bite.
Bryan Maloney

Indianapolis, IN

#3 Jul 6, 2007
oh weird

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#4 Jul 6, 2007
if this had been a pitbull the headline would have said "Pitbull mauls girl" not dog

Crawfordsville, IN

#5 Jul 6, 2007
This is just an example of the problem not being with particular breeds of dogs ie., pit bulls. But rather with irresponsible owners that allow their dogs to run free, or teach them aggressive behavior.
responsible pet owner

Indianapolis, IN

#6 Jul 6, 2007
escaped from his yard? doubtful. probably just one more bad owner that doesn't take care of their pet. he better hope that this little girl comes from a VERY forgiving family...if this happening to my child i would sue his a$$. not because the money makes a difference to a child that will bear a scar for life, but hopefully it would break this jerk enough that he can't afford another dog to neglect.

Indianapolis, IN

#7 Jul 6, 2007
People, dogs are like children. You've got to keep an eye on them all the time every day every minute. You've got to know where they are and what are they doing. You can't just stick 'em in a yard and forget them. And you can't just assume they're safe if they are kept in the house. When doors open they want to get out. If you can't do this DON'T GET ONE!


Crawfordsville, IN

#9 Jul 6, 2007
2 cents wrote:
Bart's Ghetto once again.
Let's hear all the dog lovers start blaming the owner for the behavior of the animal.(He is at fault) And how it isn't the poor doggies fault so he shouldn't be destroyed and should get a second chance to eat a child.
Not suggesting dog shouldn't be destroyed, only saying owner should be held accountable for dogs actions.

United States

#10 Jul 6, 2007
Perhaps we need to revisit the penalties for owning a dog that attacks.

Indianapolis, IN

#11 Jul 6, 2007
The owner should be arrested, responsible for medical bills and civil/criminal liabilty. And yes, chow-chow go bye-bye.

Fort Wayne, IN

#13 Jul 6, 2007
So sorry for the little girl. The owner should have had control of the dog.

However, here we go again with the Star inciting unrest with irresponsible breed naming. There is a big difference between a true Chow and a Chow Mix. Chow mixed with what? Chow mixes have always had a bad rap because it rarely works safely. I also think many people think they have a Chow mix because of the tail shape, when there are other breed tails that are very similar. The dog they showed on TV who killed that poor woman a few weeks ago didn't look like a Chow anything to me. Looked more like a Husky mix to me -- not even a flip of the tail.

Star, until you can show doggie DNA test results -- stop the breed naming. This was simply an aggressive dog that was not properly controlled by its owner.

Indianapolis, IN

#14 Jul 6, 2007
Yes it is the owner's fault. He should not keep a dog that mean in a residential area. It should have been put down before it hurt someone.

“A witty saying proves nothing.”

Since: Jul 07


#15 Jul 6, 2007
It IS the owner's fault, but that doesn't mean the dog should be allowed to live.

I would like to roll my eyes once again at the Star for pandering to sensationalism by using "Pit Bull" whenever the breed is involved, but just using "Dog" when it's ANYTHING else.

That poor little girl. I hope she heals as quickly and as well as possible. It's unfortunate that she'll probably be terrified of dogs for the rest of her life, all because of this young man's irresponsibility.

Indianapolis, IN

#16 Jul 6, 2007
Maybe the City Counsel will wake up.
Or not.
I want a vote on your dog bill Mr Mayor. Who on your Demo counsel is against it? Why can't you lead and get this passed?

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#18 Jul 6, 2007
Jeez Wiz

Indianapolis, IN

#20 Jul 6, 2007
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) chow mixes are among the most dangerous breeds, along with pit bulls, rottweilers and huskies.

I agree it is the owner's fault, but certain breeds of dogs are inherently more dangerous than others.

Grandville, MI

#21 Jul 6, 2007
This happens too often. Owners should be charged with attempted murder because that's what it was. Also, dog owners should be required to carry insurance on their animals -- perhaps the cost to insure would be prohibitive.

Since: Feb 07

Indianapolis, IN

#22 Jul 6, 2007
poor girl!! i hope she can get over this and heal quickly! people need to be more responsible owners! telling people the dog has been gone since wed. is a crock! it it had been gone that long it wouldn't have happend so close to home the guy was just trying to get out of trouble!
Indiana resident

Indianapolis, IN

#24 Jul 6, 2007
Dog are unpredictable no matter what breed or how well you train them. Kind of like children, no matter how you raise,love and care for them they may do the opposite of what you have taught them. Some dog owners are irresponsible and so are some parents. My point is, no matter how well we plan, unfortunate things in life are going to happen and there is no one to blame. Everyone should pray for the speedy recovery of the child and stop looking at dollar signs to possibly sue someone who may or may not have anything thus wasting the courts time/money. It sounds like he fully cooperated and made the best possible choice he could have as far as turning over the dog.

Indianapolis, IN

#25 Jul 6, 2007
If you own an animal that you know bites it should be a criminal offense and you should be arrested if the dog attacks an innocent bystander.

“When in Rome...”

Since: Feb 07

Residing in Fishers

#26 Jul 6, 2007
I remember a family dog named "Skipper" who was spoiled as heck by all of us. He loved to run free, and when we would put him on his chain outside to *ahem* do his duty, sometimes he would squirm and run away for a bit, always to return with burs, grass, and all kinds of nonsense stuck to his fur. He wasn't a fan of kids for some reason. When they (kids) were around him, besides my brothers & I, he would show his teeth. We'd have to keep him away from them. What, you ask, is the point of my rambling?? This may or may not have been an accident on the owners' part, and I'm in no way defending the (ir)responsible person, but sadly these things happen, and as horrible as it is for this child, lets not jump to conclusions and threaten to 'crucify' the owner because he's an "idiot" or "needs to be sterilized". Hopefully he's smart enough to learn from this horrible mistake so as not to repeat it.

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