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Strike One, You're Out!Posted Saturday, November 10, 2012, at 7:33 AM
This is Petunia. She lived with me for awhile and now has a wonderful family all her own.
I look back on that and now and know better. But there really is a fine line whether or not to euthanize a dog that bites. Is it the circumstances that surround the bite, the amount of damage the bite does, who the dog bites, what breed of dog, etc.?
In my last post I talked about the reasons dogs bite. Should you put a dog that was protecting her babies to sleep because she bit your child that got to close? Do you euthanize your dog because he is hurt and bit you because you tried to move him?
When you are working in animal rescue and are trying to adopt dogs to good homes, you simply can not adopt out a dog that has bitten a human. Human aggression is not acceptable. But the circumstances are not taken into account. I guess what it boils down to is the liability of the dog and no one wants to see someone get hurt. Consequently, if you have a dog that has bitten, do not take him to a shelter, and certainly do not lie about his history. It is not right to dump your mess in someone else's lap.
It seems to me that dogs have the ''one strike, you're out'' rule and humans keep on swinging and never ''get out''. I wonder what the world would be like if once a human showed aggression to another human, they were automatically ''out''. I'm thinking two things here. One, the world would be a much nicer place to live, and two there would be way more dogs alive than humans.
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