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Mon, Jan 7 | By Matt Van Hoven | 725

CALIFORNIA – A Sacramento, Ca. family is in shock this week after two dogs mauled their 20-month-old girl and her grandmother on Sunday. According to the Mercury News, Santa Clara County animal control said a male Boxer-Pit-mix mauled… more ›

Girl and Grandmother Mauled by Family Dogs
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Lynn
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Lynn
5 years ago

What a horrible tragedy....

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Kbehrendt
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Kbehrendt
5 years ago

She instinctively THREW her on the COUCH to protect her? That's some messed up instinct. That poor little girl.

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Cindy C.
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Cindy C.
5 years ago

That is so sad to hear.

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CMiller4
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CMiller4
5 years ago

That's so terrible that dogs turn on there family. I hope the little girl will be okay.

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Jason P.
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Jason P.
5 years ago

Just a strange series of events. Seems strange that these animals attack family members in this fashion. It seems so senseless.

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sally r.
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sally r.
5 years ago

Granted the dogs were wrong. Why did the grandmother "throw" the baby on the couch instead of trying to leave the room. Maybe the dogs thought the baby was a toy andwent to "retrieve" it from the couch. Either way, I would never trust those dogs with people.

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Stephanie L.
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Stephanie L.
5 years ago

this is so sad....

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mike h.
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mike h.
5 years ago

I can't even imagine this happening. Owners need to be responsible

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Ethan W.
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Ethan W.
5 years ago

another case of an owner not being responsible. Don't leave dogs unattended with babies and toddlers!

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AzWildcatFan
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AzWildcatFan
5 years ago

This could have been a lot worse. Hope the young girl recovered nicely.

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BHOLTZ
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BHOLTZ
5 years ago

why would you leave a child unattended with any dog! so stupid!

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Betty W.
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Betty W.
5 years ago

Dogs and babies, even toddlers, should be supervised at all times. You can bet the attack started on the child and grandma got it when she intervened. So sad this continues to happen.

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ShellyBelly1
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ShellyBelly1
5 years ago

it odd the dogs would attack ppl they knew

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maria h.
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maria h.
5 years ago

Would it have been a different result had both dogs been neutered? I think so. just horrible for the child.She will have a fear of dogs for the rest of her life.Speedy recovery to both.

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RichardK
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RichardK
5 years ago

How frightening. If you have seen a dog attack its hard to get over the fear

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Geoff L.
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Geoff L.
5 years ago

Good grief.

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Dede  S.
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Dede S.
5 years ago

Once should be enough! No children should be allowed around any aggressive dog.

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Meryl O.
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Meryl O.
5 years ago

This is a sad story. I think once an animal has shown the tendency to bite, it becomes very worrying about the personality of it.

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Nichole B.
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Nichole B.
5 years ago

i agree 100% with you...i couldn't have said it better myself...

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L.H.S.
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L.H.S.
5 years ago

How terrible for the entire family!

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mike h.
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mike h.
5 years ago

Something is not right here, there must be more to the story. Another thing spay and neuter your pets.

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Bobby D.
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Bobby D.
6 years ago

Sad story.

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JaneandBill
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JaneandBill
6 years ago

This is another very sad story.

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DawnG01
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DawnG01
6 years ago

I read this article 3 times and still cannot understand the sequence of events and why the 1st dog attacked. "Acting protectively" towards the child? It seems there was a lot of activity in the home that day and a lot of people. Maybe something happened to the dogs to get them worked up. This is a strange story of an attack.

I wish the author of the article had been more clear.

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Nichole B.
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Nichole B.
5 years ago

i agree with you...

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Andy K.
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Andy K.
6 years ago

It's not the breed, it's the people who train the animals. What was the girl's great aunt up to? What did she do after one of her dogs bit someone before?

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Meg S.
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Meg S.
5 years ago

I disagree. Breed does have something to do with it...genetics. That is why Dobermans make better guard dogs and Labs have a soft mouth....those are all breed characteristics.
Pits have termendous jaw strength and also get highly aroused much quicker than other breeds and it is harder to detect. And let's face it , a lot of the breeding stock out there currently is fighting stock....or at least the ones making the headlines are. Until that is changed, pits are going to continue to be an issue.

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Judy A.
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Judy A.
6 years ago

I have such mixed feelings about these dogs. I love animals but for some reason, it seems, the pitbulls just have more aggressions. Or maybe like a lot of people say, the media picks up on their stories more.

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Ella D.
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Ella D.
6 years ago

this is so sad

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DEREKDEMANE
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DEREKDEMANE
6 years ago

This is a sad story. I hope that the little girl was young enough to in time forget this incident and it will not leave any emotional scares.

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Cindy
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Cindy
6 years ago

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Sarah  W.
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Sarah W.
6 years ago

whoa. this is terrible and the owner is to blame for this not the dogs.

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Nichole
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Nichole
6 years ago

this is soo sad. Its stories like this that give dog breeds a bad name. Poor poor girl.

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John H.
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John H.
6 years ago

Such a sad story. But this is an example that these situations are not limited to pitbulls and the like.

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Jamie
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Jamie
6 years ago

Again there are things here that doesn't sound right. What is the history on these animals? Why would she throw the child on the couch? Why is it always a pit or pit mix that you always hear about. I have heard that the top dog for biteing is the dashound. Why don't you ever hear about them doing the biteing?

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Mark J.
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Mark J.
6 years ago

You're right it's always the Pits you hear about. I believe it's the Chihuahua that bites the most, either way you never hear about other dogs, it's always Pits.

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Pitbullloverx3
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Pitbullloverx3
6 years ago

how sad for the little girl and grandmother....
Just remember that this doesn't define the breed (boxer, pit bull, etc.) and I find it sad that the media chooses to hype the fear rather than help dispel it.

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Tara C.
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Tara C.
6 years ago

The sad thing other than the attack is that it gives pits a worse name. Not all pits are bad. There are so many that are good but nobody hears the stories about them. We don't know the history of these pits. We don't know the training they had or what could have set them off. All I know is all the pits I've come across have been big teddy bears. They have been the sweetest, gentle souls. I wish the media would show more pits that are good instead of always finding the bad.

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jordan H.
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jordan H.
6 years ago

thats horrible

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Jeanie F.
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Jeanie F.
6 years ago

I wonder why she threw the child on a couch when a pit bull could clearly get up on it.

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Hymcheng
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Hymcheng
6 years ago

What a terrible situation! I feel so sorry for the girl and her grandma. I would love an update to see if they are doing better now.

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Anna
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Anna
6 years ago

Thats horrible. I'm glad the girl and her grandmother are ok!

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Alex J.
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Alex J.
6 years ago

havent pits been known to turn

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Kindra H.
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Kindra H.
6 years ago

Terrible story for all involved. People need to remember that their pets need to be properly introduced and socialized to children that become part of the family. This important step is often overlooked and tragedy can follow.

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Hymcheng
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Hymcheng
6 years ago

I agree, animals need to be trained to be around kids, and this often takes time and a great deal of supervision. One cannot expect one's dog to know how to be around children from day 1!

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ashley G.
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ashley G.
6 years ago

That poor little girl,i sure hope she will be alright,It's a terrible thing when a pet does something like this.

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Jill l.
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Jill l.
6 years ago

So SAD

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Penguin
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Penguin
6 years ago

I hear so much about pit bulls attacking people, I just don't know what to think of that breed. They scare me.

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D. Rene
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D. Rene
6 years ago

The dog bit someone earlier in the year....this could be a warning that it could happen again.

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Sharon S.
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Sharon S.
6 years ago

Once again, another sad case of having a dog that is too aggressive to start with, having them around young children. I would never trust a pit bull around babies or young children.

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Lori M.
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Lori M.
6 years ago

If they thought in any way that their child could be attacked, find a new good home for your dog it is not fair to them either

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Hauler
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Hauler
6 years ago

Wow! That is scary!

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Cwasson
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Cwasson
6 years ago

This is a tragedy for all concerned - it sounds like the animals were not taken care of in the best manner which led to injuries and the death of the animals. Sad!

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Hymcheng
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Hymcheng
6 years ago

I agree, had the dog owner been more responsible and paid more attention to training the dog to be around young kids, it would still be alive now.

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Gemma M.
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Gemma M.
6 years ago

you have a pair of unalteres highly agitated (lots of activity) heavy breeds...why wernt they altered, they were mixes, obviusly irresponsible owners hoping to breed their mutts and inturn those highly string dogs (wouldnt suporse me if the female was close to heat cycle) just turned.

shame

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Casperwoold
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Casperwoold
6 years ago

I feel sorry for the little girl.

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