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    This on Ninemsn this morning.

    Family dog rips face of girl, 4

    A young girl bitten on the face by the family dog is in a serious condition in hospital.

    The four-year-old girl was playing with the labrador while it was eating its dinner at her home at Nimbin in northern NSW on Monday night.

    "The dog appears to have turned on the child, biting her face and removing a large piece of the girl's cheek," police said.

    The girl was taken to Lismore Hospital and has since been transferred to Royal Brisbane Hospital for surgery.

    Police said the dog's fate was yet to be determined.



    I am sorry but if anyone should be punished it should be the parents who were letting their 4 year old play with a dog that is eating its dinner. The dog should absolutely not be punished for this even the most well behaved well socialized dog could snap in that situation, she probably reached for its food or made a sudden movement that frightened the dog. The parents should be charged with negligence or something similar as should every parent in a similar case. Grrrr how infuriating.

    I do hope the girl is ok and makes a full recovery, I realise its not her fault at all but her parents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keira & Phoenix View Post
    This on Ninemsn this morning.

    Family dog rips face of girl, 4

    A young girl bitten on the face by the family dog is in a serious condition in hospital.

    The four-year-old girl was playing with the labrador while it was eating its dinner at her home at Nimbin in northern NSW on Monday night.

    "The dog appears to have turned on the child, biting her face and removing a large piece of the girl's cheek," police said.

    The girl was taken to Lismore Hospital and has since been transferred to Royal Brisbane Hospital for surgery.

    Police said the dog's fate was yet to be determined.



    I am sorry but if anyone should be punished it should be the parents who were letting their 4 year old play with a dog that is eating its dinner. The dog should absolutely not be punished for this even the most well behaved well socialized dog could snap in that situation, she probably reached for its food or made a sudden movement that frightened the dog. The parents should be charged with negligence or something similar as should every parent in a similar case. Grrrr how infuriating.

    I do hope the girl is ok and makes a full recovery, I realise its not her fault at all but her parents.

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    I completely agree. The parents must be idiots to let a young child play with a dog unsupervised, let alone when its eating dinner. Also seems like the owners never taught the dog bite inhibition, Labs can get really possessive with their food. Just another case of someone hearing "this breed is great for families with kids" and thought that means that they don't have to do any training. Here's hoping that someone steps in and the dog won't be PTS.

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    Poor doggie. I also hope someone will step in but I don't think it will happen.

    My brother has a lab x that has grown up with my nephew (who is 4) and he is a really great dog expecially with my nephew but my brother would NEVER EVER let my nephew near the dog while he was eating its just common sense!

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    A classic example of the biblical saying "the sins of the parents are visited on the children" ie when the parents stuff up, the children suffer.

    Labradors are not born guide dogs as some people seem to think, it takes years of training and work, it doesn't just happen. And most of them love their food more than anything.

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    Oh I am SO thankful this post was started.

    I read this and was APPALLED. My poor mum got an earful lol.

    How can people expect a dog not to be jumpy and aggressive around it's food? My mum taught our dogs when we were little to give up their food, just in absolute case we went near them but we were never allowed. We knew that you weren't allowed to go near a dog while it was eating.

    I really hope the dog isn't punished for this human stupidity. They need to introduce dog bans, and those parents should not be allowed to own again. Harsh, but if they were responsible enough their kid would still have all her face.

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    Totally agree with everyone else. When I read this article this morning, I started ranting to my OH about how the poor dog was going to be punished because the idiot parents allowed her to play with the dog while it was eating.

    I work with all my pups from the day they come home for food release/anti aggression. I don't know how anyone else does it but I often will stick my fingers in the pups mouth while they are eating, I will remove food and put my hand over the bowl etc.

    As a result of this my dogs don't have any food issues even my daughter can go and put her hand over the food bowl and they will back off immediately. This has actually been beneficial to us once too. When my daughter was about 5, I was feeding the dogs (Barney and Chevy at that stage) and she was with me. I kinda turned my back for a moment and then heard a "Barney No", I turn around and Barney had grabbed some of Chevy's food out her bowl and my 5 year old daughter had taken it upon herself to stop it. She had the scruff of Barney's neck in her hand and was telling him to "drop it". The poor bugger rolled immediately and was trying so hard to spit out the food it was almost humourous.

    But, it's not a situation I would ever have purposefully allowed. My daughter knew not to go near the dogs when eating just in case they snapped, but she was so outraged that Barney had stolen Chev's food she just reacted....and I had only turned my back for a second. All I can say is thank god when I got Chevy (my first dog after moving out of home) I recieved advise from a lovely trainer to work with her to ensure there were no food aggression issues for future children etc and I do it with every dog now.

    Sorry, gone off tangent slightly...what idiots thos eparents are, that poor child and dog.

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    It is a shame to think that an adorable dog, who was most likely completely awesome in all other ways, could be wasted.

    In a really awful way I'm glad it was a lab. People need to understand that all dogs are capable of attacking, not just staffs or bulldogs or the 'scary' variety. Now that I've inherited Jackson I'm more wary of dog racism and the complete lack of understanding about dogs that people have.

    I've never had a problem taking food away from my dogs, except the chihuahua x, she could get a bit nasty (little dog syndrome). I've never taken it from their mouths, though that is great if they eat something they shouldn't have, but can always take the bowl away.

    I wonder what will happen to this dog and the girl....

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    I grew up with a lab x bull terrier, and we could take anything out of its mouth any time, but we were not allowed to tease it. If it got really bored with small children playing horsey on it, it just shrugged us off and walked away.

    And my dog doesn't argue about me taking food off her either but I wouldn't leave her alone with a four year old when either of them are eating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jucealala View Post
    It is a shame to think that an adorable dog, who was most likely completely awesome in all other ways, could be wasted.

    In a really awful way I'm glad it was a lab. People need to understand that all dogs are capable of attacking, not just staffs or bulldogs or the 'scary' variety. Now that I've inherited Jackson I'm more wary of dog racism and the complete lack of understanding about dogs that people have.
    I'm a lab lover here and I completely understand what you mean. Any breed is capable of bad behaviour and aggression. Maybe now people will realise that not every dog attack involves a pitbull or a rotti.

    I really hope that this dog gets a second chance with someone who can train him. I saw someone say on a comment on one of the many news articles about this "absolutely this animal should be put down, no dog who has ever bitten a person should stay alive so it can do it to someone else." I couldn't disagree with this statement more! That's like saying that because you hit someone in self defence you'll be a violent person for the rest of your life! I can't believe people think like this!

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