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Do People Whose Dogs Attack Others Deserve Prison Time?

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, pets, dogs, children )

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Lawmakers in the U.K. consider harsh sentences after the mauling death of a 14-year-old girl.

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Jav R (0)
Monday November 4, 2013, 7:39 am
Tema complicado. Gracias por publicar.

Terrie Williams (798)
Monday November 4, 2013, 8:10 am
Complicated issue. If the owner sets the dog to attack and encourages it to do so, most certainly there should be jail time. BUT, here's the big but.....IF the dog attacks within its own yard or home because of a person provoking or otherwise their in tent is to do the dog or the owner's harm, the dog is within its purview to protect and defend their home or their owners. There should not be jail time for that. That being said...any dog should be under the supervision and watchful eye of their owner--at all times.

Know I'll catch hell for this opinion but, there it is, just my opinion.

Yes, I own security dogs, yes, they are supervised at all times. Both myself and my husband are disabled and we rely on our dogs to protect and defend us and our property. They are never NEVER left to their own devices and are never outside their perimeter fences without being on leash. Have not had any incidents with any of my dogs through the decades of having trained security dogs. Obedience is everything...and supervision is key.

Sara P (54)
Monday November 4, 2013, 8:57 am
Really hard to say my Cher.......

Sheila D (194)
Monday November 4, 2013, 12:03 pm
Why should dogs be punished for doing exactly what their owners trained them to? It's not the dog/breed, it's the owners/trainers who need to understand, it they already don't, the consequences for training your dogs to sic, to harm, to kill, an animal or human.

Sheila D (194)
Monday November 4, 2013, 12:05 pm
Forgot to add I agree with Terrie about your own property, the dog's domain, and whether teasing and/or provocation is involved. There needs to some provisions for that or those who tease or torture a dog will get off, free to do it again.

Malgorzata Zmuda (200)
Monday November 4, 2013, 12:16 pm
wina zawsze leży po stronie człowieka

Judith Hand (55)
Monday November 4, 2013, 1:45 pm
Noted. Yes, it's an uncomfortable article. But the extreme of the horrific death of that girl puts a perspective that is hard to get otherwise. I do agree that a dog's owner is responsible for the dog's behaviour. There's really no way around it. In the case of a retractable lease breaking, I suppose that could be debatable in a court of law, but the damage has been done and the owner chose the leash (that doesn't take long to determine as being questionable in terms of effectiveness.

S J (130)
Monday November 4, 2013, 3:22 pm
depends, but basically the owner should be responsible for dogs' behavior.
Thanks Cher

Connie O (44)
Monday November 4, 2013, 7:53 pm
that's a hard one to answer....I guess each situation needs to be examined...

Jaime Alves (52)
Monday November 4, 2013, 10:04 pm

Jennifer Ward (40)
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 2:41 am
Yes- there are morons who think it is funny when their dog attacks some innocent person or dog. A dog lives to please its master and carries out their will. I love my dogs, and they are trained to disengage from a fight and they know they are never to attack an innocent person- a child, a smaller dog or puppy under any circumstances (no bullying). A dog is a dog, and should be under the master's control.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 7:14 am
Yes this is hard There are some macho owners who think its funny when their dog attacks but there are others where it just happens and also is the dog going to suffer get kicked beaten etc I am not sure what is the right way to go but what happens to the dogs when the person goes in gaol
Maybe when a dog attacks there should be compulsory interviews with a dog specialist and trainer to see why the dog has attacked Most aggressive owners cause aggressive dogs but there are some dogs who do not like other dogs like one my friend has but she puts a muzzle on him when out and there is no problem as he is very soft with people

Ruth C (87)
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 8:12 am
Animals should never pay for what people train them to do!
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