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Old 05-19-2014, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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it seems more normal for a dog to be aggressive and bite others than a cat. that doesn't mean its normal. my cat attacked my brother (there was a reason for the attack) and my brother's gf (guilt by association it seemed, he didn't get her though). but my dog is more likely to attack someone than I he is. I usually lock her up when people come over, so hopefully she will never get anyone. if she got free, I wouldn't expect her to bite anyone but its a risk I wont take. she did manage to get free one time after she made an unexpected run while on leash before my garage had even fully opened. so I feel for people whose dogs get free and do damage.

its funny with dogs. to people she knows, she is overwhelmingly sweet and loving. but if she doesn't know you, don't come close. I know she would never hurt my 4 year old, but is an asset in keeping her safe. there is a good chance that this dog is the sweetest thing in the world to her family.
I have always been told that's because dogs are pack animals and very loyal to their pack members or those they know like their families. That's why when their families or packs say "My dog is so loving and wouldn't hurt our kids," it's true. But the dog would hurt someone else or someone else's kids because they are outside of the pack. The outsiders are not family or pack members and are therefore fair game.

I don't know much about dogs, I admit. That's just what's been explained to me about them.

I do know about cats though, and some will protect their territory very fiercely. If people are included in that territory, they will also be protected. I think this little boy, who was raised with this cat, was within the scope of her territory. It doesn't have to land boundaries, it can be something she feels she possesses. I don't think she thought of him as her kitten, mom cats forget their kittens were their babies once those babies have grown although there can still be a familiar close bond. But the little boy was "hers" and something of hers was being threatened and she had to protect it.

Who knows what goes on in a cat's mind? They are not pack animals. They pick and choose what they do. They are unpredictable. I think that's why people who like cats like them. They are a challenge. You just never know what they are thinking or exactly what they will do when they are not napping.
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Old 05-19-2014, 10:44 PM
 
Location: Coos Bay, Oregon
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Who says it would attack a kid again?
The dog has been proven by this video to be vicious and unpredictable. The dog's life is not worth the risk to an innocent child's life. I know you dog bite apologists will disagree. But if you can't understand that a human life is more important then a dog's life, then I don't know what to say. Except that your priorities are really messed up.

Fortunately the majority of people think a bit more clearly then you do, and the dog will be put down. Because we are not going to give it another chance to see if it will kill a child, the next time.
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Old 05-20-2014, 10:20 AM
 
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Actually, my priorities are not messed up, but thanks for your concern. And I don't agree with you. I don't apologize for that either.
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Old 05-20-2014, 10:31 AM
 
Location: zone 5
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This was discussed on the pet forum when people were advocating for Mickey, a dog who severely injured a child. I'm a longtime shelter volunteer, who wants every adoptable dog to have a chance at life. I posted in the Mickey thread that I thought he should be put down. He may have been provoked, and in a situation that made it easier for him to react as he did, but too many dogs who would never have attacked, die every day for lack of enough homes. Many in the rescue community agree with me, but there are a growing number of people who never want to give up on any dog. That only leaves less places in shelters and rescues for dogs that are much safer to have around. This dog, unlike Mickey, was not provoked in any way. We all know we can't save them all, and I can not believe we should put children at risk in hopes that an unstable dog like this one won't do the same thing in the future.

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Old 05-20-2014, 12:24 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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that was a great post in your link, S2C and one I wholeheartedly agree with.... as tough as it is to reconcile in our rescue brains and hearts, we really can't save them all....... and should try to focus and expend more of our finite energies and resources on those who have not proven themselves a risk......
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Old 05-22-2014, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Austin
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Good kitty!
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Old 05-25-2014, 01:51 PM
 
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I heard about this in passing but have just now seen the video. This is amazing. I want that cat.
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Old 05-25-2014, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Hiding from Antifa?
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Actually, my priorities are not messed up, but thanks for your concern. And I don't agree with you. I don't apologize for that either.
Please don't ever run for judge anywhere in my neck of the woods.
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Old 05-27-2014, 10:43 AM
 
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^^^ Lol, why ever would I? What a strange post.
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Old 05-27-2014, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Old Mother Idaho
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The dog was found to be aggressive in the shelter to the shelter's personnel and was put down. I read a report someplace about it yesterday.
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