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    I have just gotten back from the hospital from my 3 yr old son being bitten by a 'friend of a friends' dog.
    Both my partner and I were working and asked our friend to watch our son for the day. I got a call around 2 my son had been bitten by a dog. 10 mins later we were in the hospital getting him looked over.
    After the docs my son looked like this :

    and a closer look at the mark above his eye


    I believe the dog has gone 100% thru his lip with a canine. with the marks near the eye, less than a half a centermeter right and I believe my son would be blind. I would like the dog put down as I believe the dog has bitten him twice from the looks of his injuries. I have been told under the eye will scar. He is not stitched to help prevent infection and is on antibiotics twice a day just in case.
    Also I do not know what breed the dog is. the dog was not insight when we picked him up so please don't think I am biast in any way towards my choice.
    How do I organise it if the dog owners will not agree to the decision privately.
    Thankfully my boy is tough and exceptionally brave and sat perfect still while the doc and nurses patched him up

    I have had a cry over both my boy and my decision. Opinions and info greatly appreciated

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    I might get blasted for this, but i would have to know exactly what happened and why. It is often not aggressive dogs that bite and sometimes the dogs were forced into the position to bite. Biting is not right, and I would blame the people caring for your child or the people with the dog more for what happened.
    I live with one dog, who I would never put in a position where a child could get to her to say "cuddle" or corner her. She might (never has) bite. I am not judging you nor will I judge the dog. If a dog was really aggressive I would expect more tearing and even more injuries.
    It is ofcourse totally different for you and you are there and seeing it up close. But was anyone there when it happened. Was the dog cornered and this might have been accidentally. Because your son is still very young and young kids really still often make mistakes.
    Anyway I do not know the dog, your child and I was not there. So I cannot really make a comment. But I would still want to know exactly what happened and why. And if that was not possible, I would like to see the dog in his environment and see what he/she was like. It could have been accidental, out of fear or it could have been aggression.
    Not much help really. But bite does not mean PTS to me, without investigation.
    Wishing your son well........
    Pets are forever

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    What a horrible thing for you and your son to go through.

    For now, I would make a complaint to the council and I assume they will take it from there. Perhas someone mor eknowledgeble will offer some advice.

    Without knwoing the circumstances, I wouldnt like to just say the dog should be put down. Sometimes it is not the dogs fault.

    Hope your son heals well and quickly, he is very cute.

    EDIT to ADD: Nefsies post is fantastic and I agree with what they have said 100%

    Perhaps instead of contacting council, talk to the owners first. But like newfsie, I would want to know what happened. If the dog wasnt at fault, it should not be PTS IMO
    Last edited by Lala; 08-01-2011 at 05:44 PM.

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    Fist off I will organise meeting both the owners and the dog. I wish for this all to be sorted privately what ever the outcome. I am trying to find out more myself But at this time going on the info i have been given, and what my son has said (he is to young to lie and smart enough to understand) All i know is he says he didn't even touch the Big Black dog. My understanding is at this time it was unprovoked hence my current decision

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    How old is your son?

    He doesnt look too young to lie to me, but thats really besides the point. Kids recollection of events when they are young is never accurate, and can be easily encouraged in a particular direction by the reactions of the people around them

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    It doesnt look like an "attack" to me.

    It looks more like a warning or a "back off buddy" type of bite.

    Hopefully meetign the dog and the owners will give you some answers. Unfortunately, I doubt you will ever know what happened accurately.

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    I was about to say the same thing lala. These photos do not look as though your son was "attacked".. more like a warning.

    If your boy was "attacked" there would of been ALOT more damage done.

    Believe me this is nothing against you. I understand completely as a mother this is absolutely heartbreaking for you, I have a 1 and 3 year old and put in the same position i would probably be saying the same thing in the heat of the moment. But do you truly BELIEVE that this dog should lose its life for giving off a warning?

    I know the next time, ( hopefully there is no next time, but hypothetically) it could turn out alot worse for someone, but maybe not...

    Ok i have just lost myself.. i dont know what I believe in this instance. lmao

    I will stay out of it because i am undecided.

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    I dont have an opinion on wht should happen as I wasnt there and dont know

    Just point out some things I believe

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    First off may i ask where i said 'attack' i believe i have been pretty consistant in saying bitten. I know that the dog was most likely saying back off, my issue is I believe my son was doing nothing to warrent the bites and that he was most likely bitten more than once.
    As for how old he is He is is 3 1/2 years he is smart and has OCD which means he is very precise in his patterns of talking. He doesn’t lie he gets diplomatic and evasive. I asked him direct: did he pat the dog, pull its tail, touch it’s food, playing in kennel ect every time I have gotten a direct full look me in the eyes ‘No’ or "I did nothing"

    I have no wish to put down an innocent dog but I am understanding that this dog was not guiltless.
    Last edited by Drag0ncharm; 08-01-2011 at 10:03 PM. Reason: missed word: [I]not[/I]

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    well i apologise for putting quotations around the times i said attack as you are right you didnt, however you are asking for this dog to be put to sleep, which means you believe it attacked your son.

    despite all this, like i said i am sitting on the fence on this one.

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