It was a parent’s worst nightmare as their nine-year-old child was attacked by a dog on Sunday morning while playing with friends in a Long Island backyard, reports NBC New York.
According to the Nassau County Police Department, officers responded to an emergency call at a home in Elmont about a dog attacking a child. Detective Michael Bitsko stated the dog turned around to attack one of the three officers who then shot and killed the dog. The child had been playing with two other children when the dog, identified as a pit bull, attacked. A woman inside of the home tried to rescue the child, but was unsuccessful. The little girl was transported to the hospital where she later died.
As the media continued to emphasize the dog that attacked the little girl was a pit bull, reporters failed to mention how the dog involved in the alleged attack was not a “family dog.” According to volunteers at Urgent Pets NYC On Death Row, who advocate the rescue and adoption of homeless pets at New York City shelters, described the dog involved in the attack, calling the media coverage a “witch hunt” against a general breed. “Here’s a picture that most news reports did not show. This is the ‘family pet’ they speak of. The ‘family pet’ that out of no where killed that poor girl. The ‘family pet’ that’s wearing a ‘weighted collar’ around his neck (used to build muscle and strength in a dog during exercise.) Seriously, how many average families put those on their dogs? This is the ‘family pet’ that was encouraged to latch onto objects and hold. This “family pet” was TRAINED to be dangerous.” The description of the dog continues contending the dog was never a “family pet”; in fact the dog was trained to be a weapon. Advocates contend the owner of the dog should be held accountable for this terrible tragedy. The innocent little girl should never have died.
“Please, do not judge an entire breed by what some idiots teach SOME of these dogs to be. This dog was clearly trained to be ‘bad ass,'” stated the non-profit group. Any dog can be trained to be aggressive; big or small, and no breed is exempt. For every egregious report of a pit bull breed attacking, there are hundreds more about the good deeds, the loyalty, and the love these dogs shower upon their humans and other animals in every corner of the world. Let the owner be held responsible for this tragedy. The dog’s owner, Carlyle Arnold, 29, was arrested on a separate charge of violating an order of protection. He is currently being questioned about the attack. Rest in peace little girl; we are all so sorry your life ended too soon.
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