This is a tragic loss that I agree, could have been prevented. And thanks up2 for informative guidance you provided when encountering animals.
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I have heard the child's body was cold when the EMTs got there suggesting there was a significant time laspe between the death of the child and when the call went out for help.
up2 I also love dogs and have had many over the years.
Your advise is spot on.
If you are afraid of a dog it will sense that also.
I once was attacked by a large dog and I didn't lie down but I folded my arms across my chest and turned away from him each time he charged at me.
He finally bit my upper right leg just as the owner came out of the house and called him off.
I don't want to be around pit bulls or dobermans.
Regarding the little girl it is simple a sad story and all of those people coming home from the store and falling asleep "or something" is fishey.
I would never advise turning your back on a strange dogs. If a dog is afraid (fear biter), there is a better chance of getting bit by turning your back to him. A stranger triggers the fear/flight response. The Alpha Dog (owner) is not there (or has not established him/herself as the Alpha) to give him reassurance that you're not going to hurt him. That the situation is under control. He is too scared to attack you head on but when you turn your back he thinks, "this is my chance to get him before he gets me." Also, since your back is to the dog, you can't see the attack coming and prepare for it. It is better just to slowly back away, keeping the dog in your line of vision.
I have been reading other blogs and it makes me sad how many people are defending the dogs and not saying anything about the death of that little girl.
The loss of life is the tragady however, this is a "human" problem that made those dogs thet way they are. The dogs lives are worth more to me that the pieces of trash that train and abuse animals to be as such. The punishment should be to be put in the ring with the same animals they abused. Terrible situation either way you look at it.