What Do We Need To Do To Protect Our Children From Dogs?

Published October 8, 2013

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In almost every place in the world, humans and animals coexist. From the very beginning, humans have counted on animals to survive. For thousands of years, animals have been domesticated to help humans in every aspect of life from transportation, work, and protection to companionship. Where then do we draw the line with regards to safety.

Earlier this year, a Cochrane boy was attached by a pit bull. According to a story in the Calgary Sun Newspaper, the boy was sitting on the floor playing some games and the dog, out of nowhere, lunged at the boy and ripped off part of the boys face. This gruesome story is far too common in todays society; the majority of the time with no reason or provocation from the children or person involved in the attack.

How Common Is The Problem?

Dogs are mans best friend. It’s estimated more than 4,000,000 Canadian households have dogs, and even more have various other pets; cats, snakes, other reptiles, birds, etc. While animals are unpredictable, there are certainly some steps you can take to insure your family can live safetly and peacefully with the family pet.

Dogs, especially large dogs, need to be properly trained. This doesn’t necessarily mean spending a fortune on dog training classes, however basic dog training must be established so the pets realize they are pets. Little dog breeds are often the most disobedient and register much higher numbers of bites but the bites generally do little to no damage and are often not even reported. The problem is when a large dog has this same mentality. Certain breeds, such as pitbulls, are notorious for being aggressive and dangerous; fair or not.

Dealing with animals in any capacity can be dangerous to varying degrees. Whether you are looking at becoming a circus performer and taming lions or just wondering how to become an animal cop, general safety rules must be followed when dealing with animals in any capacity. As the poor 7 year old in the story above found out, the family dog can be just as dangerous as a ferocious lion if the right precautions aren’t taken.

How Can You Make A Difference?

Protecting people from rogue animals or simply helping to prevent attacks and animal mistreatment is the job of an animal control officer (sometimes referred to as an animal cop). For the avid animal lover with an eye for crimnal justice, this may be a dream career. It does, however, generally require a degree or some formal training in criminal justice. For many, the pay, training, and risk involved make this career unattractive.

Animal cops, as they are colloquially known, are responsible for responding to complaints of aggressive animals or other unruly wildlife. A main complaint they get, as you can imagine, is dog bites. Dogs are required to maintain certain vaccinations and shots, according to your local laws, and animal control also enforces these laws. If a person does not keep their pet up to date on shots and provide them with a healthy, good place to live they may be ticketed or lose the animal alltogether.

As is the case in the story above, once an animal attacks it is fairly common that they will repeat that action at a further time. Therefore, while it is examined on a case-by-case basis, animal attacks are not taken lightly and their can be severe penalties for the animal as well as the owner in situations where it is decided neglect was involved.

For your safety, the safety of your children, and the safety of others, animals need to be treated well and taken care of. If you can’t properly provide for an animal, give it away to someone or drop it off at a great organization like the Humane Scoiety. While the little boy in this story will be scarred forever, there is still a chance to save the next one.

Jeffrey Nelson writes for AmPulse.com on many different types of criminal justice degree jobs and other law-related jobs.

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