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Shocking Stories About Labradors Mauling Children

Updated on July 30, 2012

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With the current story about a 2-month old baby boy being killed by a Labrador Retriever mix I was tempted to scour the internet for other tragic cases that involved these "family" dogs. There is a lot of backlash with owning specific breeds such as Pit Bulls and Rottweilers but do people really think when get a family pet?

Yesterday news broke in South Carolina about the horrific mauling of an infant while the father was taking a nap in other room. The baby was dismembered by the dog and no one knew until the mother arrived home with the couple's 7 year old child.

In 2011 a story came out of Huston were a 2-week old infant was mauled by a Labrador Retriever mix while the mother watched, horrified. In that case, the baby was in a carrier on the floor and dog was behind French doors, the dog was able to squeeze through the dogs and attack the newborn. The mother, clearly in shock, watched through a window while family members rushed to help the infant and restrain the dog. The baby need to be airlifted to a near by hospital and only survived another 5 hours before passing away from his wounds.

In 2008 a Black Labrador Retriever puppy that was only 6 weeks old at the time mauled an infant so severely that the baby was dead before emergency crews had arrived. There were three people at home at the time of the incident and two other dogs. However, at the time the police did have high suspicions that the Black Labrador Retriever was the only dog involved in the brutal attack of the 8 week new born.

Dogs Around Children

No matter what size or breed of the dog, even the experts will tell you that leaving a child along with the dog could be the worse mistake of your life. Too many parents have had to suffer with the deaths of infants and toddlers to ignore the simple truth. Dogs are still dogs. Whether your dog is a Pit Bull or a Labrador Retriever it should not be trusted to be left alone with small children. You never know what might happen when you're not looking.

Yes, facts and common sense tells us that bigger dogs mean bigger damage, but even Chihuahuas and Poodles can kill new born babies. Parents need to start using their brains before they have to bury their children from accidents that were avoidable.


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    • Maria Cecilia profile image

      Maria Cecilia 5 years ago from Philippines

      I agree with this hub.. in fact it just requested one thing, don't leave your kids alone with your dogs. some dogs are spoiled and look at the kids as rival to the parents' attention. When I was in grade 3 we had a dog that I named after voltes V and was very close with my father. I was alone with him one day and just said some words that I am not sure if he understood but he bit me he only stopped attacking me when I said, Papa is coming and he went to the window and tried to see if father was coming, when I started to move he went back to bite me again, and I really shouted for help.... one neighbor heard and called my mother who was doing something at auntie's house at that time... I was brought to the nearest hospital, but if you would ask what happened to voltaire, he was not punished when he bit me, in fact I was not able to go home that night because parents were afraid he will attack me again ( imagine that LOL) when I came home the following day, Father even let me bring some food as peace offering LOL kinda weird but I guess that dog was lucky to have a family that loved him so much... voltair stayed with us for 11 years,and for 11 years no one can just enter our house because of him

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 5 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Very well written hub! I agree with the advice. One should not leave their infants and toddlers unsupervised, period.

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      Jaye Denman 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Excellent advice. Children need to be protected from any possible dangers and should never be left alone with dogs. It's an old saying because it's true: Better safe than sorry.