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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 01-27-2006, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
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yet another Pitt getting blamed!

This is from the Joplin Globe


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2-year-old attacked by pit bull

Family lost home, dog in mobile-home fire

Nammi Bhagvandoss
Globe Staff Writer
1/26/06
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KANSAS, Okla. - A 2-year-old girl who went near a chained pit bull terrier was attacked Tuesday afternoon, according to Tonya Kaiser, secretary for the city of Kansas and its police and fire departments.

Cianna Crittenden, who was flown by helicopter to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, might be released on Friday, according to Kaiser.

Cianna's family's mobile home burned about a month ago, and the family was living with other family members, Kaiser said. The Crittenden family's puppy burned in the mobile-home fire.

The child went outside early Tuesday afternoon by herself and likely went to play with the neighbor's pit bull, which was chained up, according to Kaiser.

"The dog has taken a chunk out of her cheek," Kaiser said.

The toddler also had punctures around one eye, and the dog bit her around the neck area and injured a part of her spinal cord.

Emma Parsons, with whom Cianna and her parents, Perry and Stephanie Crittenden, are staying, said Stephanie Crittenden went to look for daughter and began screaming when she saw her in the dog's mouth.

Stephanie Crittenden reportedly opened the pit bull's mouth, and the dog dropped the toddler, according to Parsons.

"As far as we know, she moved her arm, she moved her leg and she can smile," Parsons said. "Those are good signs."







I can not believe they are trying to blame a dog that was chained in his OWN yard! What on earth were the parents doing? How did a 2 year old get out side and to the neighbors without them knowing where she was?
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I can not believe they are trying to blame a dog that was chained in his OWN yard! What on earth were the parents doing? How did a 2 year old get out side and to the neighbors without them knowing where she was?
People today don't need to take blame when they have a figner to point it somewhere else....
argh... I trully love my pet's more and more i read/see stuff like this.

I just don't get why society today cannot take responcibilty for thier own actions, instead they have to go and find someone/something to blame... cuz i mean it's not "their" fault... .... i hate people.


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What I Want to know, is WHERE WERE THE PARENTS OF THIS TWO YEAR OLD WHO WAS WONDERING AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD?!?!?!

EVEN AS A VET TECH YOU KNOW HOW TO TELL BY A DOGS BODY LANGUAGE WHAT MOOD THEYRE IN - AND COMMON SENSE TELLS YOU NOT TO ALLOW YOUR KID TO WALK UP TO A STRAGE DOG UNLESS THE OWNER IS PRESENT AND STATES THE DOG IS FRIENDLY.

NOT ALL DOGS IN GENERAL LIKE KIDS!!!!


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What I Want to know, is WHERE WERE THE PARENTS OF THIS TWO YEAR OLD WHO WAS WONDERING AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD?!?!?!

EVEN AS A VET TECH YOU KNOW HOW TO TELL BY A DOGS BODY LANGUAGE WHAT MOOD THEYRE IN - AND COMMON SENSE TELLS YOU NOT TO ALLOW YOUR KID TO WALK UP TO A STRAGE DOG UNLESS THE OWNER IS PRESENT AND STATES THE DOG IS FRIENDLY.

NOT ALL DOGS IN GENERAL LIKE KIDS!!!!
I think it's wrong to blame the parents of the child. They are in a temporary home because of a fire, they might not have even known there was a bad dog out there. Children do unexpected things, especially in unfamiliar surroundings.

No two year old should be expected to know and understand the body language of dogs. ...and body language is not necessarily a good indicator of behavior. It can, and does, give mixed messages sometimes. All strange dogs should be considered potential threats to small children.

Ultimately, I hold the owner of the dog to blame. They set this up by putting a strong, potentially dangerous dog outdoors, unsupervised, on a chain, in an unfenced yard. That's a bomb waiting to go off.

I personally don't think there is any excuse for leaving a dog (of any breed) chained outside. It's a circumstance that has time and again be proven to foster aggression and territoriality in dogs. I consider THAT to be the root of the problem here. If you have a dog like that, you need to have a fenced in yard. Just like any other hazard (like a pool for instance). What's more, chain's break. This would have likely been a worse story had the child been outside and the dog on the loose because of broken chain.

I live in a rural neighborhood where children can run and play. Children shouldn't have to be supervised every minute. Aggressive dogs, however, SHOULD NEVER be outside where anyone can get to them.

In fact I have no use whatsoever with aggressive dogs (of any breed) and think they should be put down.

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To not blame the parents is to foster the "victim" mentality. "Its not my fault because I was abused" or "Its not my fault, I didnt xyz because I didnt know"....
The dog should have been in a fenced yard instead of chained. I agree completely for many of the reasons you listed and more.
A two year old cannot appreciate -any- sense of danger to themselves. Therefore, the parents are responsible for their safety. Not the neighbor, not the owner of the dog, not the person passing by in a car. The -parents-.
A toddler has -no- business outside unsupervised in -any- community, rural or urban, well-known or unfamiliar. What if the child had run into the road and been hit? Would the parents be culpable at all? Of course they would. What if the child had been snatched by a pedophile while unsupervised? The parents would still have to harbor some of the blame for leaving the child vunerable.
My point is...in -any- community there are dangers...whether known or unknown, that a parent must take steps to protect their child from, not just from an aggressive dog on a chain.
Family services can show up on the doorstep of a Mom and take her children for neglect if she's sleeping while a toddler is awake, even if nothing horrible happens. I do not see why allowing a toddler outside unsupervised, even if -nothing- happens is any different.

It is true that Pit Bulls grab and hold on. But what they most often grab and refuse to let go of is your heart, not your arm.

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I Think It is Right to blame the parents ITS THEIR 2 YEAR OLD WHO WAS WANDERING AROUND UN ATTENDED.. THATS IRRESPONSIBLE.
To not blame the parents is just wrong. any GOOD parent would watch their child no matter what ircumstances. So what if they were in a temporary home that doesnt give them the right to not pay attention to a 2 year old child!!!!!???!?!?!?!?!?!


As far as your comment Children shouldn't have to be supervised every minute.

That is THE MOST IGGNORANT COMMENT I HAVE EVER HEARD.

THATS RIDICULOUS.
Yes a little 2 YEAR OLD CHILD SHOULD BE SUPERVISED AT ALL TIMES.

SHAME ON YOU!!!


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To not blame the parents is to foster the "victim" mentality. "Its not my fault because I was abused" or "Its not my fault, I didnt xyz because I didnt know"....
The dog should have been in a fenced yard instead of chained. I agree completely for many of the reasons you listed and more.
A two year old cannot appreciate -any- sense of danger to themselves. Therefore, the parents are responsible for their safety. Not the neighbor, not the owner of the dog, not the person passing by in a car. The -parents-.
A toddler has -no- business outside unsupervised in -any- community, rural or urban, well-known or unfamiliar. What if the child had run into the road and been hit? Would the parents be culpable at all? Of course they would. What if the child had been snatched by a pedophile while unsupervised? The parents would still have to harbor some of the blame for leaving the child vunerable.
My point is...in -any- community there are dangers...whether known or unknown, that a parent must take steps to protect their child from, not just from an aggressive dog on a chain.
Family services can show up on the doorstep of a Mom and take her children for neglect if she's sleeping while a toddler is awake, even if nothing horrible happens. I do not see why allowing a toddler outside unsupervised, even if -nothing- happens is any different.
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This is exactly what plays out so often...

As long as Pit owners and supporters continue to shift the blame away from the animals and their conditions, they will never get any traction with the public.

People see a greiving family or a disfigured child and it's obvious where the blame is going to go. Trying to blame the victims, unless there is something glaringly obvious, like animal abuse, is going to go nowhere towards stopping breed specific bans on dogs.

This was a bad dog. It was kept under conditions that made it aggressive and/or territorial. It doesn't matter whether it was a two year old or a twenty year old that wandered into the that yard. If the chain had broken, who would you have blamed then? Blaming two year olds and their parents is stupid, fruitless and ultimately couterproductive.

People need to focus on changing mentality of these owners who encourage aggressive dogs, and the quality of care owners give their dogs so that there aren't incidents like this.

If you continue to try and blame the victims, you will lose in the court of public opinion, ...and that means you'll lose when the laws change to forbid your animals. I don't really care about the dogs or their owners, I just hate seeing people (particularly children) injured and killed by an animal that should be a companion, not a killer.

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Mygala, I -agree- with you on many of your points minus the one about children being unsupervised.
It is not my position that the dog and its owner deserves -none- of the blame, but that there is blame to be shared all around.
The dog should never have been kept in those conditions. Period.
The two year old should never have been left outside unattended. Period.
Those of us supporting/owning this breed are not stupid, fruitless or counter-productive because we point out there are others who failed this child, not just the owner of the Pit Bull.
----This child was failed by everyone.-----
Failed by the owner (who kept the dog in poor (though legal) conditions) and by her parents )who could be criminally negligent in allowing the child outside unsupervised....depending on the laws of her area.)

Not only does the mentality of some of those who own these dogs need to be changed, but the mentality of those that do not look outside of their own circle to see if they are responsible or partially responsible as well before pointing the finger at others.

I feel for the little girl. I would be furious at the neighbor.
But at the same time I would be irresponsible if I didnt ask how I could have prevented this as the parent and responisible party for the child. I have children. They occasionally even slip supervision, even the now 3 yr old. Believe me I know how quickly they can slip away. LoL


In the end, what I find most interesting is this: No one is discussing the Golden Retriever that killed the 6 yr old girl in her own yard, her own dog.....it was headlined as a 'Freak accident."
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/11041895/
Ask yourself, if it was a Pittie would it have been headlined in the same manner?

It is true that Pit Bulls grab and hold on. But what they most often grab and refuse to let go of is your heart, not your arm.

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Ultimately, I hold the owner of the dog to blame. They set this up by putting a strong, potentially dangerous dog outdoors, unsupervised, on a chain, in an unfenced yard. That's a bomb waiting to go off.
So is an unsupervised child.

I believe both are equally at fault. Children should be supervised and dogs should be supervised. The two should never be left alone together.

If it wasn't a dog that got that child a child molester could have. Or, if they lived in an area ripe with wildlife, the child could even have fallen victim to an animal far more dangerous than a dog.

It is a parent's responsibility to watch over their children. Likewise, it is a dog owner's responsibility to watch over their dogs. And no dog should be chained up. Chaining a dog creates aggression problems (not in every dog but in many.)

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I do believe the owner of the dog should have had the dog fenced not chained, and that in fact part of the blame rests on their shoulders...

However much of the blame rests on the unnattentive parents who were not watching a 2 year old child. That is unbelievably irresponsible, and i still feel the parents are at fault. Who lets their kid walk around un attended, they could get hurt, kidnapped, raped, killed etc....

Stupid Parents is all i have to say to that!


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The two year old should never have been left outside unattended. Period.

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But at the same time I would be irresponsible if I didnt ask how I could have prevented this as the parent and responisible party for the child. I have children. They occasionally even slip supervision, even the now 3 yr old. Believe me I know how quickly they can slip away. LoL


In the end, what I find most interesting is this: No one is discussing the Golden Retriever that killed the 6 yr old girl in her own yard, her own dog.....it was headlined as a 'Freak accident."
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/11041895/
Ask yourself, if it was a Pittie would it have been headlined in the same manner?
You see my point. I agree the two year old shouldn't have been there alone. But you can't blame a child for being a child. Small kids don't know the dangers of the world. Everyone who has kids has known the fear in the pit of the stomach you know when you realize you don't know where they are or what they are up to... it happens.

Pointing out all the "other" things that could have happened, in no way alleviates the blame for the dog owner. It just makes the people making those excuses look bad, ...as if they care more for a bad dog than an injured two year old. It's just not smart to go there, ...you'll never win in the court of public opinion that way. ...and when you lose there, you end up losing the privelige to own your animals.

As far as comparing this to the incident where the child was accidentally strangled by her dog playing with her scarf..... that was a freak accident. The dog in no way meant to hurt her. I don't see any relevance between these two incidents. I think it'd be a poor idea to try and compare them. People feel sorry for the dog in one incident, and want to put down the dog in the other.

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I have children, and i have my neices and nephews. I am a single parent - my husband is in Iraq, and I still make sure to watch my children, They play in my back yard, or inside, i didnt have a fenced yard when landen was born, and when he was two and i had the 3 other kids to watch I still made sure than when i was out there they didnt just "slip away".


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As far as comparing this to the incident where the child was accidentally strangled by her dog playing with her scarf..... that was a freak accident. The dog in no way meant to hurt her. I don't see any relevance between these two incidents. I think it'd be a poor idea to try and compare them. People feel sorry for the dog in one incident, and want to put down the dog in the other.


That doesnt answer my question.
If it had been a Pit Bull in the same situation instead of a Golden Retriever, would it have been headlined or seen in the same light as it was in the article written?

The relevance is that perhaps, sometimes, occasionally, the Pittie may have meant no harm and things got out of hand, the same as it did with the GR incident. But it would -never- be reported in the same manner. It doesnt sell as many headlines. Just like painting the sweet faced, furry GR as a killer doesnt sell as well as painting him as a playful pet that got carried away.

It is true that Pit Bulls grab and hold on. But what they most often grab and refuse to let go of is your heart, not your arm.
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In the end, what I find most interesting is this: No one is discussing the Golden Retriever that killed the 6 yr old girl in her own yard, her own dog.....it was headlined as a 'Freak accident."
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/11041895/
Ask yourself, if it was a Pittie would it have been headlined in the same manner?
Doubtful. However, that was not an attack. I don't believe that story is relevent. There are other cases of dogs attacking who weren't Pit Bulls. Few get reported. Here are some of the ones that did...

http://www.igorilla.com/gorilla/anim...s_angeles.html - Family's Pomeranian kills baby girl

http://www.suttonguardian.co.uk/news...st_bernard.php - St. Bernard attacks man

http://www.wsoctv.com/news/6188134/detail.html - Husky attacks toddler

http://msnbc.msn.com/id/10652469/ - Pack of Chihuahuas attack police officer

http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drm...763038,00.html - Family's Alaskan Malamutes kill 7 y/o girl

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNew...10?hub=SciTech - Labrador Retriever mauls woman (who is his owner,) woman later undergoes face transplant

http://www.kcentv.com/news/c-article.php?cid=1&nid=8856 - Bloodhound attacks elderly woman

The list goes on... They just don't garner as much attention.

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