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Infant attacked and killed by pitbull

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Updated: 10/26/2010 6:10 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The family of a newborn boy is mourning his death after he was attacked by the family dog.

The Department of Children and Families tells Action News they are investigating the child's death. It happened at a home in Arlington. Halloween decorations hang from the front porch of the home. Family and friends are gathering around grieving parents inside. The little boy's father tells Action News a dog attacked and killed his son.

Michael Shannon is a neighbor and says he can't imagine what they're going through. "It's sad, really sad."
Shannon is a father too, and also owns a pitbull. He worries this attack will continue to give the breed a bad name. "I have a pitbull. He's the sweetest dog in the world. I have a two-year-old. He plays with it, but it depends on who raises the dog," said Shannon.

Now as investigators are trying to figure out what happened, Shannon says parents just need to be more cautious with young children and pets. "It's sad. People just need to raise their dogs better," said Shannon.

A spokesperson with DCF tells Action News parents should be careful when they have their kids around any type of dog. The child's father tells Action News, animal control put down the dog Monday morning.
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MyKinKStar - 10/27/2010 4:59 PM
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DarkAngel: Come on! NO DOG SHOULD EVER 'just be outside on a chain, where it belongs!' Dogs are pack animals, who Should NEVER be chained away from their family, EVER! Fact is: ANY Dog MUST be slowly acclimated to any new family members - including a baby, young child, or even an elderly person. Problem is: This incident will ONLY be seen as a PitBull problem . . . It's NOT! It's bad pet owners, who perhaps didn't know about how to be good parents either.

lfmundy2002 - 10/27/2010 4:27 PM
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This story sicken's me. These parents need to be given parenting skills and told that any animal is territorial.

rainfrog73 - 10/26/2010 1:41 PM
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Darkangel: "THE 22 DAY YEAR OLD INFANT", just what exactly does this mean??? The baby was only three days old. Keeping a dog chained up outside is just sad, and it begs for trouble. My thoughts and prayers go out for this family.

lowmoney - 10/26/2010 1:01 PM
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I hope they charge the parents with manslaughter this will send a message to these nuts that think dogs are people.You can't trust no dog when it comes to childrne if the dog had been out side where it belongs this would have never happen.

DARKANGEL - 10/26/2010 10:48 AM
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My question is, WHERE WAS THE MOTHER & FATHER OF THE 22 DAY YEAR OLD INFANT? And where was the infant at for the dog to attack. Someone needs investigated alright, because the facts are not adding up. Iblame the parents myself. Anybody with any common sense should know that bull dogs can't be trusted no matter how you raise them. I know from experience of having bull dogs and they were always kept outside on a chain. And if they acted like they wanted to turn on me or someone else they got put down. But that goes for all dogs also. You can't trust no family dog when it comes to children around. And the same goes for cats.

justmyopinion - 10/26/2010 10:37 AM
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I feel horrible for the parents. But, having said that, I hope now everyone learns that you cannot trust an animal with your newborn, period. No matter if it's a teacup puppy or a vicious pitbull. Dogs are animals with no real understanding of what is a live being and what is a toy. Who knows what was going through this dogs head but the fact that it was left alone, even if only for the briefest of seconds, shows that it should never, ever be left alone with a child.
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