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He Said, She Said, Dog Loses
There are two victims here

To read the original story, it seems pretty cut and dried. A jogger in Mercer County, Kentucky, passed by a dog on a tie out. The dog got loose and attacked her, requiring plastic surgery. Animal control takes the dog away to be quarantined then euthanized.

But if you read the comments, you'll find several different perspectives. For example, the mother-in-law of the dog's owner claims the dog has a sweet temperament (her name is Angel, after all), she is only occasionally tied out in the yard, the jogger was on private property, and lastly, the supposed "attack" was actually a few scratches to the woman's face. No bites. Nothing requiring plastic surgery.

The jogger's grandmother also comments, reiterating that her granddaughter does indeed require extensive surgery. The reporter of the story even jumps in, responding to criticism that he didn't get his facts straight. He says his source was the sheriff's department, based on its police reports and witness statements.

Some readers claim the newspaper is just trying to sell more papers by sensationalizing a “dog-bites-(wo)man” story. Others blame the jogger for being greedy and “sue happy.”

Regardless of the truth and any of the parties’ ulterior motives, Angel the dog dies through no fault of her own. How is that justice?


Julia Kamysz Lane, owner of Spot On K9 Sports and contributing editor at The Bark, is the author of multiple New Orleans travel guides, including Frommer’s New Orleans Day by Day (3rd Edition). Her work has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Poets and Writers and Publishers Weekly.


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Submitted by Ann | April 17 2010 |

Why is it that every time a dog bites someone they are instantly euthanized? No discussion, period. Didn't dogs evolve along side of us for millions of years as our protectors? Why are people surprised when a trespasser gets bit? Isn't this the job of a dog to be guardian and alarm system? It is true that many dogs would not bite and respond with less aggression to an outsider but this is due to careful breeding that resulted in the loss of a protective nature in favor of some other useful behavior such as retrieving game or herding. All dogs began with a protective nature, after all their ancestors were wolves. Somehow I think we valued this behavior in our past but now we suddenly reject it with disdain. We don't appear to have all the facts in this story but, why does a dog that has no history of attacking people and suddenly bites someone to close to his master's domain because he thinks this is his job, receive no second chances?

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