The untimely and gruesome
death of Katie Morrison of Smiths
Station, Alabama is a lesson in how quickly a seemingly normal situation can
explode into tragedy.
Morrison was meeting some pit bulls of a friend, preparing for when she would
dog sit them later, when playtime suddenly became a mauling.
In fact, Katie was nearly
scalped in the deadly attack.
A grand jury will
ultimately determine what, if any, charges are filed. But Katie's death should
serve as an example to all of us pet owners to examine our own responsibilities
when it comes to the animals we keep.
Proper training and
socialization for all dogs is the responsibility of every owner. It's not a
It's an obligation we owe
each other and our dogs.
It's been said that the
owner of a poorly trained dog is no different than a gun owner who fails to
secure a deadly weapon around children.
Some pit bulls are
vicious... so are some poodles... so are some Chihuahuas. The point is, we
should not indict any particular breed of dogs.
But it must be every dog
owner's responsibility to train their animals properly and to limit, or even
prohibit, their exposure to people if they cannot guarantee the dog will behave
Accidents happen, and so
That's why no owner and no
neighbor should ignore a pattern of attacks or vicious behavior by any dog.
Report problem animals to
animal control and never allow yourself or your children to mingle with dogs
you do not know or cannot trust.
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