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Mon, Nov 12 | By Matt Van Hoven | 544

GEORGIA – Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux is breathing a sigh of relief today after felony animal cruelty charges against him were dropped. In February of this year, Babineaux was arrested in the blunt-force head trauma de… more ›

Cruelty Charges Against Falcons Tackle Dropped
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Msenger76
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Msenger76
6 years ago

you ever think the owners are the real monsters?

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Linda W.
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Linda W.
6 years ago

Baby and dog should not be together if the dog had history of attacking. If the dog was unpredictable, there may not have been a good way to deal with it. Also the trainer who suggested this method is out dated in his training methods.

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Jamie
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Jamie
6 years ago

If you have a dog who is unpredicable and now you have a baby why would you keep the dog??

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Linda L.
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Linda L.
6 years ago

He didn't have to kill it. I'm sure there were other options.

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Compassion
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Compassion
6 years ago

Babineaux knew of the dog's history, so why was the dog around his 5 mo. old daughter in the first place? Babineaux is an adult who should have had enough sense to keep the dog confined while around his daughter, or have given the dog up to a home without children. Swinging it around by the leash and slamming it into a wall hard enough to kill it!!!!! Come on!!!!!! Surely there is a more humane way to take care of this situation!!!!!!!

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Shirley B.
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Shirley B.
6 years ago

Professional athletes can get away with everything. Very convenient the dog belonged to his girlfriend. If it were you or I, we would have been convicted.

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Pitbullluvr17
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Pitbullluvr17
6 years ago

somethings missing here. the girl must have been picking at it for it to go after her. what dog wouldn't i know my dog would.

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Cassie3
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Cassie3
6 years ago

I agree with others: If the pit bull had a history of unprovoked attacks, why in the world was it anywhere near a baby?

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Tonycat
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Tonycat
6 years ago

Sounds like he did the right thing. Imagine, a pit bull that attacks without being provoked. How unusual.

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collyn f.
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collyn f.
6 years ago

they should have sold or gave away the dog if he had a five month old daughter he was seriously concerned about. he should ask the question "dog" or "baby girl"

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Brianna A.
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Brianna A.
6 years ago

the dog should've been out of that house if it's had unprovoked attacks previously, especially with a 5 month old baby in the house..I don't care if it was a pit bull or a sheltie or whatever breed, a dangerous dog needs not be around kids.

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abby  s.
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abby s.
6 years ago

Another Falcons player killing pit bulls? What is it with this team and pit bulls?

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Vicky
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Vicky
6 years ago

another jerk

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Roxann
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Roxann
6 years ago

Thankfully he was there to see it happen and prevent the girl from injury. However I fault him for not removing the dog from the home since it has attacked before. Instead of taking matters into his own hands he should have called animal control to seize the dog then have it euthanized.

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Beaglemutz
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Beaglemutz
6 years ago

I agree with all, kids should be monitored with dogs at all times. A small terrier can cause damage too!

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Felicia
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Felicia
6 years ago

no child should ever be with a dog who is dangerous. If he was protecting his daughter i would understand but this story needs more info.

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Tim E.
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Tim E.
6 years ago

I think ther is a lot that is not said here, if it is as stated then he as right in what he did.

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Janicevarley
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Janicevarley
6 years ago

Maybe this is wishy-washy on my part, but...

This story, unfortunately, does not give more information. I want to take a side, but I don't feel as if I know enough. I don't want to attack him just because he's a football player, or because he used to play with Vick, or because the dog died. I wasn't there or in that situation. God only knows what I would have done. I just know that I'm glad the child is alright, and I'm sorry that the dog is dead. Anything beyond that for me seems a little too judgmental.

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Leiah D.
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Leiah D.
6 years ago

I was going to say about the same thing...I really have to agree...we can't just start jumping on people who are in the spot light.

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Kim
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Kim
6 years ago

no child should ever be with a dog who is dangerous and this sounds like a nother michael vick case

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Lisa
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Lisa
6 years ago

I would do whatever it took to prevent an animal from attacking a child, but this does sound a bit fishy. A dog with a history of attacks should not have been allowed anywhere near a baby.

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George P.
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George P.
6 years ago

History of unprovoked attacks. So why keep it around at all and take a chance.

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Ed D.
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Ed D.
6 years ago

I can't quite see blunt-force head trauma from swinging the dog on its leash. I think maybe his daughter should be put in a better home. Of course, I think that about a lot of families....

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Jessica R.
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Jessica R.
6 years ago

Id do the same if an animal was going to attack one of my kids.

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betty p.
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betty p.
6 years ago

The story states that the dog had a history of unprovoked attacks. So why keep it after the first 2. Yes, I said 2. You always give it one, but not after the second one. They could have had it humanely put down. Then there would not have been any charges at all and nobody would think badly about Babineaux.

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Gracie88
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Gracie88
6 years ago

Dogs like this have no place around small children!

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karen
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karen
6 years ago

A dog with a history of unprovoked attacks was in close proximity with his five month old child? Duh! I suppose he didn't have enough money to get proper (and humane) training for this dog? Was he trained to be aggressive? Sounds like it.

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PackLeader1
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PackLeader1
6 years ago

Why didn't he do something earlier about the dogs behavior? He had the money! Could have sent the dog to Cesar.

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tammy j.
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tammy j.
6 years ago

sounds like a fishy story to me

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Ourstaff
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Ourstaff
6 years ago

The trainer suggested spinning the dog off its feet. Did he also suggest the part where the dog's head gets smashed.
If the dog was dangerous it needed to be put down not murdered.

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Karen R.
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Karen R.
7 years ago

I think if this dog had a history of unprovoked attacks it shoud have been brought to an SPCA or Humane Society for evaluation.
Today NFL players and celebs in general are given to many light or no sentances even when they are guilty.If he was at all concerned for his kid he would of had the dog brought for evaluation or euthanized if agression was truely found to be correct. His stoty sounds unbelievable to me

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Janicevarley
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Janicevarley
6 years ago

I understand that you wouldn't want a dog attacking your 5 year old daughter, but I have two questions:

Why would you put your daughter in the situation in which it is possible for a dog to charge her?

And why would you retaliate against it so roughly that you would kill it?

I guess I don't have kids so it's easier for me to say, but the dog did have a history...

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Katrina  J.
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Katrina J.
7 years ago

I think if your dog has a history of unprovoked attacks, it might not be a great idea to let it play with your 5 month old baby. I am not against euthanizing a dog if it is dangerous. I'm just against doing it with a baseball bat. At the very least he should not own another dog.

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Charlotte C.
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Charlotte C.
7 years ago

Whether or not he was the one who killed the dog, I think dropping the charges is justified. Any parent would try to stop an animal by any means necessary from attacking their child.

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Zoolover
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Zoolover
7 years ago

This is a tough call. But I agree if the dog was known to be aggressive it doesn't need to be in a home with children/ baby. People Please watch these things. Thank goodness he was there to protect the baby. A weaker person may not have stopped the dog.
I love animals and people too, but they both can kill.

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Dee
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Dee
7 years ago

This was not the way to handle the situation. If the dog had a previous history, it should have been addressed before.

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CORIU
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CORIU
7 years ago

why would he allow a dog with a history of attacks near an infant?

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Karen S.
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Karen S.
7 years ago

If these facts are correct, I agree that the charges were dropped.

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Makenna
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Makenna
7 years ago

WELL HE GOT AWAY BUT THEY WILL BE WATCHING HIM

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Dee
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Dee
7 years ago

This is a story that definitely sounds like more details are needed. He hit the dog so hard that he caused blunt force trauma. Next it will be shaken baby syndrome.

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adam p.
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adam p.
7 years ago

Why have a pitbull mix dog when there is a 5 month child in the house.

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Slickabrina
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Slickabrina
7 years ago

As much as I love all animals, a history of aggression and they kept the animal with his daughter?

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Rememberingromeo
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Rememberingromeo
7 years ago

Anyone should understand that this man was just protecting his family. I've never heard of spinning a dog by its leash as a control or training method. Aggressive behavior in a family pet should not be ignored, our pets need consistent training and boundaries set for them from early on in life. Unfortunately, this story will just feed the fear and misunderstanding that surrounds Pit Bull Terriers. I certainly don't know the particulars of this case, but there are some activities that owners should not engage in with their dogs, and aggressive play is one. I've been lucky enough to know a gentle and wonderful Pit Bull Terrier that my niece raised from a puppy, even after he was abused by a previous owner and left with a nasty facial scar. I was afraid of my niece's dog in the beginning and never would have trusted him with children, but with her faithfulness, love, and attention, he has been a model pet to his family.

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Hdziema
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Hdziema
7 years ago

there is more to this story than meets the eye i think.

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Abg8s
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Abg8s
7 years ago

well i think that the animal should have been eutanized instead of being spun on a leash. and if this guy did do this he should have gotten a fine or something.

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JMPATT81
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JMPATT81
7 years ago

Why would you have a aggressive animal around your baby in the first place.

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Jessica  R.
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Jessica R.
7 years ago

Why would he have kept this dog once his child was born if it already had a history of unprovoked attacks. I think had he relinquished the dog earlier, it may still be alive today.

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Butterflyanne
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Butterflyanne
7 years ago

People need to pick their pets carefully. Breeders need to breed their animals carefully. Ove all, you must protect your chid. I am not sure what happened, but it is really sad.

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SaraBeth
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SaraBeth
7 years ago

i think its the owners fault that this happened.

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SaraBeth
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SaraBeth
7 years ago

The owner should have gotten killed for irresponsibilty .. you shouldn't leave ur pets alone with your kids... that goes for every pet ... ugh.... poor dog..

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Jessicahept
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Jessicahept
7 years ago

I think if the trainer suggested it and showed him how to carry ou the manuver than it shoul've been fine.

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Lori  R.
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Lori R.
7 years ago

The dog had a history of attacking unprovoked so why did they have the dog? That dog should have been euthanized now because of one dog that should have never been sold its another story that hurts pit bulls. They should prosecute the kennel they got the dog from. As a breeder you should be held accountable for a bad temperment dog.

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