Euthanizing dogs that attack

POSTED: Monday, August 15, 2011 - 6:02pm
UPDATED: Friday, January 18, 2013 - 11:29am

Back in July an elderly man in Waco was brutally attacked by two unchained dogs and had to be hospitalized.

 As a result those dogs were sent to the waco humane society where they were later euthanized.

a common occurrence at the Waco Humane Society.

"There's been a bite situation, a neighbor has been bitten, the owner can choose to have the dog euthanized, if they do deem that it is a safety concern. When there's not an owner we certainly hold the animal for 72 hours in hopes that another resolution will be made and we don't have to euthanize the dog," said Gina Ford, interim Director of Waco Humane Society.

Nearly 800,000 reported dog bites require medical care and in most cases the dogs will be put down as a result.

But are these animals dangerous or are they simply doing what comes natural to them?

Vicki Martin, Asst. Manager of Fuzzy Friends Rescue, said they bite out of instinct.

"Unfortunately dogs can only protect themselves by biting. You know, was that dog provoked into the situation? Or was it just a dog with a bad wire," said Martin.

Pat Turnage, a dog trainer, said dogs that do attack may just be a product of their environment.

"The dogs that are bad dogs are generally bad dogs because of their environment and the way that they were raised. I've seen too many good dogs go bad in the wrong hands," said Turnage. 

A sad situation for both parties involved.

"The victim a lot of times, maybe doesn't get satisfaction except for the euthanization which you know unfortunately for the family can be very tragic," said Martin.

In Texas, it's the law that after your dog is deemed dangerous and you must get liability insurance of at least $100,000 if you want to keep your dog, otherwise, it must be put down.


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