Florida Newborn Dies After Pit Bull Attack at Home

By: AP
By: AP

Jacksonville, Florida --

A newborn baby is dead after being attacked by a pit bull in a Jacksonville home.

The newborn died at a hospital. Authorities have not released
the baby's name.

Department of Children and Families spokesman John Harrell says
the state agency and police are investigating whether the baby was
being supervised and whether the dog previously showed aggressive
behavior.

City animal control officials say the young dog has been euthanized.

In a separate case Monday night (Oct. 25), Manatee County deputies fatally shot a pit bull that charged them after attacking a 5-year-old boy
in Bradenton. Authorities say the boy tried to climb a tree to get
away but the dog bit into his arm and tried to pull him down.

Neither the boy's name nor condition were released.


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  • by CM Location: JAX FL on Nov 3, 2010 at 12:15 PM
    Dog owners love their "pet" , but their pet doesn't have a clue that the neighbor kid or adult is a loving person also ---Dogs can be dangerous in general, but attack dog types (pit bulls, dobermans,and the like ) , dogs breed for their fighting ability, around small children they prove deadly far far too often. Dog owners Are responsible for their dogs regardless of the supposed "harmless"demeanor many dog owners want to attribute to them-- This is Not the reality of the situation - dogs are usually loyal to the ones that take care of them and very territorial-- any child or older person the animal that the dog is not familiar with can alarm the dog which will then act on its base instinct to attack (its an animal). The owner that allows his dog to be at large commits a crime and should be fined for it and any action or attack the dog commits while at large-- it is the Owners Responsibility. Keep your dog under control at all times or find yourself in the poorhouse or prison
  • by DOG OWNER Location: GA on Nov 1, 2010 at 11:56 AM
    i DON'T BLAME ANY ANIMAL FOR ANYTHING. THEY DO NOT HAVE THE CAPABILITY OF REASONING BUT PEOPLE DO. IF AN ANIMAL ATTACKS THEN IT IS THE OWNERS FAULT. ALL OF YOU WANTING TO BAN THIS BREED AND THAT BREED ARE NOT STOPPPING THE "ONES" THAT SHOULD NOT HAVE THEM YOU ACTUALLY BRING THEIR VALUE UP WHEN THEY SELL THEM. YOUR ENCOURAGING INBREEDING AS WELL. ANY ANIMAL MUST BE INTRODUCED TO "ANYTHING NEW" WHETHER IT IS A PERSON OR ANOTHER ANIMAL AND ALWAYS SUPERVISED. QUIT BEING SO ONE SIDED AND LOOK AT THE WHOLE PICTURE.
  • by Val-gal Location: Valdosta on Oct 27, 2010 at 04:23 PM
    Let me tell you something... I dont care how many times you say oh pits aren't to blame it's the owners blah blah blah... These animals need to be outlawed, yes other dogs do bite and do considerable damage but nothing like a pit can do NOTHING! While I will say that I feel terrible for these parents I will also say they should be charged and further more if you have children you most certainly should NOT have a pit!
  • by don't understand on Oct 27, 2010 at 02:59 PM
    Why oh why would anyone want to own one of the dangerous breeds and why oh why do you morons always come out on the defense when a story like this breaks? This happens at least once a month and then the comments are like "we have had Pinky in our family for years and she's the sweetest dog" and other ridiculous statements blaming the owners for not raising the dog correctly. They are dangerous, they are vicious. Do away with them.
  • by Bill Location: Tallahassee on Oct 27, 2010 at 02:36 PM
    I raised my pit bull from a puppy. She is a very loving and sweet dog. I do worry about her getting out of the yard so I watch her closely. I would never let her get close to a baby or children without supervision! This is what responsible dog owners are supposed to do, regardless of the breed. Pit bulls do have powerful jaws so precaution must be taken. If one is not willing to do this, they should have another breed. If they are raised in an abusive fashion, they will be more prone to act agressively. Finally, they are very protective of familiar people and actually become frightened until they ascertain one is not a threat. They are very smart, agile and loving.
  • by Sara Location: Tville on Oct 27, 2010 at 01:53 PM
    A baby was KILLED by a dog and people are trying to defend the dog????? This dog has KILLED an innocent newborn child. How can you defend that? Yes, the owners are responsible, and YES THESE DOGS DO KILL!!!
  • by get real ppl Location: usa on Oct 27, 2010 at 12:24 PM
    Anything with teeth bites, anything with feet kicks, and thing with claws scrathes. It is NOT a particular breed or species that are "biters ,scrathcers, or kickers". You have to socialize any animal to anything new. The baby was NEW. There should have been precautions taken before that baby was rushed into the home so the the dog could be prepared. You get the dog used to the sound of cries by playing recordings & smell of the baby (from the blanket) while they are still in the hospital. You DONT let the dog tug the blanket either. You cant expect any animal to welcome a new smells & sounds that is unfamiliar especially if the dog is already attention deprived or protective. They do get jealous and dominant and if you allow your dog to decide what to do it will.
  • by Frances Location: Tallahassee on Oct 27, 2010 at 10:31 AM
    Thank God there are still people with brains around, and realize that pit bulls are no different than other dogs. It is how they are raised, and the reason people think pit bulls attack so many people is because the media LOVES to report pit bull attacks for some reason. Google dog attacks - german shepherds and dobermans are involved in many more attacks, but when is the last time you saw a headline about one of them?
  • by Wakullagirl Location: Crawfordville on Oct 27, 2010 at 04:55 AM
    We've owned pitbulls for over 20 years. It's how you raise them. When my grandson rolled over as a baby on the bed for the 1st time my baby was laying on the bed beside him & crossed over him and began scooting him towards the wall to keep him from rolling off the bed. I was in the tub at the time and was watching this-she then proceeded to lay beside him near the side of the edge of the bed to protect him. She was protective of this kid until the day she died! Yes, she lived inside of our home and was a part of our family; she was not a dog or treated as such. We never worried for our safety. If someone came up we knew it; as long as we opened the door & let you in you were fine after she smelled you-but don't make the mistake to think you could go out and come in without us letting you back in. She protected what was hers! There is nothing wrong with that! After her death; I rescued another pit that was going to be put to sleep and she is a gentle baby.
  • by Sandra Location: Live Oak on Oct 27, 2010 at 01:36 AM
    It starts at home an how they are trained, not comparing them to kids but you have to teach them an make them obay. It is very sad to see these babies hurt,but we need to have better training for our dogs. I do own a bull mix an he is 1(one) of the most respected dogs i've owed
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