• If a dog or any animal that is owned by a person attacks another person then the owner of that animal must be held to felony criminal charges. If a person was to cause this harm to the young boy, that person would be charged with a felony crime. Unless owners are held to this high level of accountability we will continue to see and read about these type of animal attacks on the young and old.

    February 2, 2012 at 7:52 p.m.
  • To all those pit bull owners out there that say, "It's how you raise them, not the breed itself".

    I'm sure this grandmother said the same thing, and her 7 month old infant grandchild is DEAD because of it.

    February 2, 2012 at 7:21 p.m.
  • Mycatsnuffy, "Instead, our local PD overlooks any pit bull fighting and the industry surrounding it and this is why we end up with this problem."

    Got any evidence to back up your ignorant comment?
    otherwise... "No stating of unsubstantiated information as fact."

    February 2, 2012 at 7:15 p.m.
  • dogs will attact if you keep teasing it i have a beagle and she is the most friendly beagle out there she loves company she doesnt bite but she loves to give kisses (licks) she will not harm a fly its how you treat the animals and pitts are trained to fight and kill its in the blood i feel for the boy and the owner of the pitt should pay for all medical bills period no exscuses you know what they say about exscuses theyre like a$$holes every one has one

    October 19, 2011 at 10:46 a.m.
  • This person who ties up here dog should be punished!! She is very irresponsible for not gettin her dog vaccinated. This dog will indeed attack again and when it does I pray its not another helpless child or anyone for that matter. The owner should be responsilble to make others aware of the danger of her dog. Even if the dog was provoked the owner should be responsible for her dogs actions!!! I pray she or anyone else who steps on her property does not have to endure what this child in this article had to endure this will forever scar him physically and mentally. Please be responsible pet owners and vaccinate your pets and own up to what harm your pets do to other people. This is a human life that was harmed.

    October 12, 2011 at 2:06 p.m.
  • WOW!!!! I think it is a shame to think that regradless if you live in city limits or out in the country that people would not take care of thier own pets. If this is your "family member" keeping it tied up and not making sure it gets the proper shots is a family I would not want to be a part of. I understand that laws are already set but when it is clearly stated that there is no proof of shots then something more should be done. I feel that this dog was provoked but not by the kids but by the owners who obviously did not take the time to care for it and left it tied up and did not take the proper steps to take care of thier "family member". The question I have is would they react the same way if it was thier child that was bit, would they have already had the dog killed? I do feel that a law should be passed that regradless of being inside city limit or not if there is no proof of shot records then more action should be taken. This innocent child is in pain and will have to live with this scar for the rest of his life, what will this dog have to live with? Nothing this dog will move on with his life probably never remembering what happen.

    October 12, 2011 at 9:29 a.m.
  • American Humane Assoc. reports:
    •Approximately 92% of fatal dog attacks involved male dogs, 94% of which were not neutered1
    •Approximately 25% of fatal dog attacks involved chained dogs1
    Chained dogs are 2.8 times more likely to bite

    The owner is wrong in not giving her dog his shots and not having a proper fence to protect her pet. She should be fined and if she can not provide a proper fence and protection for the dog, she should not be allowed to keep the dog.
    At the same time, whoever was in charge of this child is at fault for not properly supervising this child.
    I am not for banning one breed of dog. If you are going to ban aggressive dogs that incudes German Shepards, Chows, Huskies, Dalmations, Rotties, Great Dane, and many mixed breeds. I am for banning irresponsible dog owners and enforcing proper dog treatment.
    Any dog harassed is going to bite.

    October 12, 2011 at 9:06 a.m.
  • Read what the expert Dr. Beck wrote about pit bulls and all breeds. It's all how you raise them. Of course the low lives raise these pit bulls to fight. Take Mike Vick for example. If you went through some of what these poor dogs go through, how would you be?? All you "experts" are brainwashed by what you read. The only dog attacks you read and hear about are pit bulls. Don't blame the dogs. We are the ones who have the brains. Well, almost everyone. Mycatsnuffy hit the nail on the head. If we could euthanize all the worthless people in this world....Leave the poor animals alone. If they were raised by caring loving people we wouldn't have this problem!!

    October 12, 2011 at 8:25 a.m.
  • I agree with born 1000%. No need to go any further on the subject.

    October 12, 2011 at 7:39 a.m.
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    October 12, 2011 at 2:39 a.m.
  • There's has been more and more pit bull attacks against their owners lately. The fact is, pits bulls are unpredictable no matter how they were raised. What makes them so dangerous is not that they are pit bulls, but the strength of their jaws and their determination for "the kill" once they get going. No amount of training can take that out of the breed.

    October 11, 2011 at 11:40 p.m.
  • If we "ban pit bulls" like a few have suggested in the comments below, then we should also ban certain people from living (because as we know, humans can also be unpredictable and could easily have a shooting rampage and claim way more lives than a pit bull). I believe what the EXPERTS believe. Ban the deed not the breed. Keep people from breeding and raising pit bulls as aggressive dogs and we wouldn't have this problem. Instead, our local PD overlooks any pit bull fighting and the industry surrounding it and this is why we end up with this problem.

    October 11, 2011 at 11:27 p.m.
  • I guess the owner of this dog now knows she has a dangerous dog, as does everyone who reads this paper. She will have to incure some expenses to keep the dog.

    Other Rules for Dog Owners
    •The Texas Health and Safety Code also regulates owners of dangerous dogs. The owner must register the dangerous dog with the local animal control office or sheriff's department. If the animal is outside her enclosure, she must be restrained on a leash at all times. The owner must carry $100,000 in liability insurance to protect any potential dog victims. If the dog is deemed dangerous to other animals, but not people, and is allowed to roam at large, the owner faces a $100 fine. To complicate matters, Texas also has anti-cruelty laws on its books that limit the time a dog can be tied to a chain, especially at night and in cold weather; a dog owner, even one with a dangerous dog, who violates this law faces misdemeanor charges..

    October 11, 2011 at 10:42 p.m.
  • also agree 100% with sunnydust

    October 11, 2011 at 1:59 p.m.
  • brkt99: agree with you 100%

    October 11, 2011 at 1:39 p.m.

    October 11, 2011 at 12:28 p.m.
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    October 11, 2011 at 11:14 a.m.
  • Let's not forget the babysitter! Where was she while the child she was being paid to watch was tormenting a vicious dog??

    October 11, 2011 at 10:55 a.m.
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    October 11, 2011 at 10:22 a.m.
  • Prayers for the little boy and his family.
    Dog should not return to an owner who is not responsible.
    Rabies vaccine is very affordable, it's just laziness not to get your pet vaccinated.

    October 11, 2011 at 10:12 a.m.
  • People if you have an animal PLEASE vaccinate it! If you can afford food for the animal you can afford this also I would think!
    NO, this animal shouldn't be euthinized .. Locs was only protecting himself especially being he was tied up outside!
    People who have kids should WATCH them especially if their around animals! Please, get real.

    October 11, 2011 at 8:02 a.m.
  • At the risk of repeating what has already been said....Pit Bulls are dangerous, unpredictable, and killers. They dont just snap and bite, they go for the kill in most cases. Those that are defending the breed would think differently if it were their love one killed or maimed(sic). I had a cousin that onwed three and they for no reason turned on her and tore her face off.....if it were not for a neighbor she would have died. Any animal that visciously attacks any human should be put down.

    October 11, 2011 at 7:42 a.m.
  • The current protocol is one that makes sense. Yes, wait out the ten days. I was a toddler when I was bit by a stray cat. My dad jumped the gun and insisted that rabies shot be administered to me immediately as we had an upcoming trip planned. I took (I believe) five of the seven shots before they found out the cat, in fact, did not have rabies. I was a tiny one and to this day, I remember each and every one of those shots.

    October 11, 2011 at 6:22 a.m.
  • Pit bulls have a reputation as mean. They are known to bite without provocation. This breed needs to be banned from the county. Fine those who keep the dogs on their property. Pit bulls will attack their owners if they feel like it.
    Let the dog live but send it out of town to a country home where he can protect the country home instead of one near children. Kids will be kids and tease a tied up dog. Did the dog go off its property to bite the kid? If not it is the kids fault. If so, it is the dogs fault. The dog should not have left it's property it was protecting. There are no rabies to talk about in this case.

    October 11, 2011 at 6:17 a.m.
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    October 11, 2011 at 5:23 a.m.
  • "ImRich" you're absolutely disgusting. I find it revolting you would shoot a dog rather than humanely euthanizing it (assuming the pet actually needed to be euthanized at all).

    The owner of the dog, in my opinion, has most of the fault because:
    1. She had him TIED UP outside, which might I add is illegal in Victoria County... and for good reason.
    2. She somehow knew that kids were provoking the animal but did not know enough to stop it while it was happening.
    3. She did not vaccinate her dog.

    No, this kid is not going to get rabies... do the research and it is HIGHLY improbable that this pet had rabies, therefore the kid could not be at risk. The dog should be euthanized if and only if his owner will not be able to provide a safer and better home in the future by:
    1. Keep him in a YARD that is secure and away from children.
    2. Vaccinate him.
    3. Neuter him (fifty bucks says he's not been neutered and statistically speaking a male dog with testosterone is more likely to attack anything!)

    October 10, 2011 at 10:45 p.m.
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    October 10, 2011 at 8:25 p.m.
  • Will Castillo be paying the cost of quarantining the dog or will the taxpayers? Has Castillo received a citation for the dog not being currently vaccinated for rabies?

    October 10, 2011 at 7:51 p.m.