Dog attacks: why do we never analyse what actually happens? Why the secrecy?

The latest dog attack in the UK, where a baby was killed and a toddler was seriously injured, was reportedly carried out by a dog resembling a Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

What is going on here?

  • How can such a gentle, friendly breed of dog so often seem to be implicated in serious attacks on humans?
  • Why do we not understand the reasons for this sort of tragedy?
  • In this science-based, logical world, what are we doing so wrong that this keeps happening?
  • It isn’t good enough that these attacks are simply reported in the media – as sensationalist headlines – and we all tut-tut about how it is all about “bad owners” and “not supervising dogs and children” and other such high moral ground comments – and then we all forget about it. Meanwhile the family at the centre of this are devastated for life.
  • It feels as if the truth behind these attacks is kept secret; or at least, the facts are rarely reported
  • If we don’t know what happens, how are we supposed to prevent the next attack?

I don’t know what the answer is, but I do know that our society is not dealing with this type of situation effectively.

We need to find a new way of responding.

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1 Comment

  • Anne says:

    I feel with these type of attacks, certain breed of dogs , when they hear a baby / young child high pitched giggle/squeal that this sends an attack signal to the dogs brain, it is always children who are attacked and always when they at play, a dog never attacks a quiet child, that my opinion based on the stories I have hears of dogs attacking children, also if a person – child or adult – steps over a resting dog and causes a shadow dogs can attack

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