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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.
When I was a kid, I remember being told that once a dog bit and drew blood, it had to be dead. Something about that taste of blood was the reasoning behind it.

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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Thank you for rescuing and caring for a dog that most likely would have been put to sleep. I'm sure he is eternally grateful to you.

-- Posted by Foster Mom on Thu, Nov 15, 2012, at 9:53 PM

I have a rescue dog that was a biter. He bit one of the first people that rescued him. He was severaly abused and came from a puppy mill. I'm not sure what set him off to bite this person. Since coming to my house he has become so gentle. Not knowing his past makes me wonder if he was reminded of someone that abused him and that caused him to bite. They didn't know what they were going to do with him after he bit this person so I offered to take him in. Best dog I've ever owned.

-- Posted by joev on Tue, Nov 13, 2012, at 12:37 PM

We hold animals to a much higher standard than humans, yet many are treated as though they are less than such.

-- Posted by Foster Mom on Tue, Nov 13, 2012, at 8:06 AM

Most people wouldn't make past kindergarten!!

-- Posted by Cookster on Mon, Nov 12, 2012, at 10:53 AM

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My name is Stephanie O'Brien. I'm an animal lover and enjoy volunteering. I have combined those passions into providing a temporary home to animals that would otherwise be sitting in a shelter or worse, euthanized due to lack of room in a shelter. For the past two years I've fostered pit bull type dogs for a rescue in South Dakota. I've also had the opportunity to do some presentations on responsible pet ownership and have been involved in fighting breed specific legislation in SD and IA. I'm looking forward to providing the readers with animal related topics and possibly answer any questions you may have. Enjoy! Stephanie Sioux Empire Pit Rescue Volunteer
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