On Monday, three-year-old Caidynce King was bitten in the face by a Rottweiler tied to the bleachers while his owner watched a baseball game. Reports vary on the attack.
Three-year-old Caidynce King was also at the diamonds with her family but wandered away and “ended up coming behind these two dogs,” said Gord McMahon, a peace officer with City of Grande Prairie.
When the child fell on top of the larger dog, it turned and bit her, McMahon said. – CBC.ca
However, another report says the child was playing with two dogs when the attack occurred. The parents claim that she was running past the dogs to her mother. The owner claims that her dog had been around kids before and that the little girl approached the dogs. She told CTV that she was jumping down to be with “Charlie” when the bite happened. The dog that bit the girl will not be destroyed, but will be required to be strictly controlled and monitored. The owner is being charged with having an animal that “bites, attacks or injures a person.” The violation carries a fine between $200 and $2,500.
From what I have read, I think this is failure on both sides. Parents should never let their young children approach strange dogs, run past them or play with them in a manner that involves anything approaching roughhousing. Dog owners should be paying attention to their dogs in a public area and aware of who is approaching them and what is happening around them.
Even if one party is stupid enough to encourage an unsafe child/dog interaction does not make it all right for the other party to just sit back and let it happen. – Me.
However, the Kings’ call for a banning of dogs in public parks is just absurd and fortunately, the city is not considering changes to the bylaw allowing on-leash dogs in city parks. More little kids are killed by cars than by dogs, but I don’t see people lobbying to remove cars from the city streets. I’m wondering whether this is guilt speaking, much like the Ranfones and their pet door warning crusade. No, it shouldn’t happen to anyone, but it does and I’m scratching my head why the Kings think that banning dogs from public parks is better than ensuring that their child never approaches another dog without close parental supervision.