This is such a sad story I have trouble even writing about it. This past Friday night in Henderson Nevada the family of Jeremiah Eskew-Shahan brought him to his first birthday party at his grandmother’s home.
While on the floor playing with the family dog, a 6 year old 120-lb Mastiff/Rhodesian mix bit down on the babies head and shook him violently.
Sadly by the time the family was able to get the child away from the dog serious injury had already occurred and the poor little angel lost his battle the next day in the hospital.
The dog is being quarantined until after the rabies check and then it will be put to sleep. The family says the dog never ever showed any signs of aggression before this fatal attack.
This is one of my biggest issues with dog owners. The lack of knowledge to be a good pack leader to your dog is generally unknown to most dog owner’s and as shown can be a fatal mistake.
The animal kingdom doesn’t necessarily look at things the way we do, you figure your dog loves you it HAS to love your baby but that isn’t true in the animal world or in reality.
If your dog looks at himself as being higher in the pecking order than your baby it opens that baby up to attack, it is just that simple.
Anyone who has a dog and is expecting a new child needs to take the time to take classes and learn how to introduce that child to the family pet in such a way that the odds or attack are lessened or get rid of the dog and don’t get another one until the child is much older.
The family dog is not worth your babies’ life and you need to be sure if you bring a new life into this world that you do everything possible to ensure its safety in or out of the house.
Not even a Dog Pepper Spray would have helped here because once this string jawed beast locked in on the infants head it was all over.
Sad beyond belief and I didn’t mean to sound so judgmental or insensitive to the family at this time of immense despair but this is too important a subject to simply beat around the bush when addressing the subject.
Stay Safe out there!