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Don't forget the old saying:
"There are Lies, Big Lies, and Statistics !!!"

You can always find evidence to support whatever it is you want to believe.


Incidences of dog attacks I still are more stongly correlated to the conditions the animal is raised in than by the breed.

Sure some breeds are more 'prone' to responding violently than others, however you should also equally assume that otherwise placid breeds are capable of the same evils.

The worst thing I've ever seen a Lab do is piss itself when you pat it.

...... this from a English Staffordshire Terrier owner who never once saw his dog even bark in anger.
'There are lies, damn lies, and statistics', actually.
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Old 14.01.2011, 18:20
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I may have been a bit rash in saying that dogs that have bitten children are immediately destroyed, and I concede this point, I understand the authorities and legal process have to go through an assessment period to declare the dog dangerous before destruction.

But this does highlight my point that the authorities have to be involved, the dog has to be declared safe and then the owner can do what he/ she likes with the animal. This makes this whole discussion pointless - the authorities should decide these matters, and to my knowledge they do.

I believe a serious facial injury to a child is suitable to invoke a police investigation into both the animal and the treatment and supervision of the child.

As for the ad hominem attack on me by papa goose (one of many), I'd like to say that I forgive you and I accept any apology you are willing to give me. I also think the rabies comment was a little over the top and I apologise for that.
Sorry for the quote BB2

Jonny, In other words every statement you have made on this thread has been incorrect, based on you not reading the thread or not having a scooby (as we are talking dogs) what you are talking about, and after the OP asked to to leave it, excelled yourself by suggesting a police investigation into the parents... way to go.

As for an apology... mmm, well I give heartfelt apology to any idiot reading your posts who may feel hard done by when compared to you. Your apology... pull up a chair matey.

Thanks for the clarification PerthPair, and please keep us up dated
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Incidences of dog attacks I still are more strongly correlated to the conditions the animal is raised in than by the breed.

Sure some breeds are more 'prone' to responding violently than others, however you should also equally assume that otherwise placid breeds are capable of the same evils.
So true, Billhardie, I just had to write something about "Nature vs Nurture". I didn't want to pollute this stream with my post, but if you are interested, you can read it here.
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Quick update - my little niece saw her first dog close up today since coming home from hospital (one of their neighbours was walking their german shepherd down the street) and it appears she has suffered no psychological effects, as she proceeded to do a little jig (she has this little side-to-side bobbing dance she does when she's excited) while watching the dog. So that's really good.

Also, her dog's relocation trial appears to be going well, but I'll have more news once the relocation becomes official and no longer a trial.
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Quick update - my little niece saw her first dog close up today since coming home from hospital (one of their neighbours was walking their german shepherd down the street) and it appears she has suffered no psychological effects, as she proceeded to do a little jig (she has this little side-to-side bobbing dance she does when she's excited) while watching the dog. So that's really good.

Also, her dog's relocation trial appears to be going well, but I'll have more news once the relocation becomes official and no longer a trial.
And how is her physical recovery? Does she has a big scar? Is it going to disapear?
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And how is her physical recovery? Does she has a big scar? Is it going to disapear?
The bandage patch is still in place on her cheek, so we don't know at this stage, but the doctor said she's likely to have a little scarring. We'll only know the full extent once the swelling's gone fully down and the bandage is off. She's full of energy though and back to her normal happy self, so that's a positive.
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