Three recovering following dog attack in St. George

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  • SG in SLC Salt Lake City, UT
    May 8, 2013 6:08 p.m.

    People need to realize that pet dogs and wolves are the SAME species -- Canis Lupus. We've spent millenia domesticating them and selectively breeding them for certain characteristics, but ultimately, deep down (or not so deep, in some cases), at least some of the instincts and behavioral tendencies of wolves are still there.

    A big part of responsible dog ownership is understanding that even the most docile and friendly dogs can revert to their wolf tendencies under the right (or perhaps more accurately, wrong) circumstances, and accordingly take the necessary precautions to prevent mishaps involving their dog(s). I think that people in general also have a responsibility to educate themselves and their children (as applicable) about personal safety around "domesticated wolves".

    I really like dogs -- I grew up with a Newfoundland/German Shepherd mix that was a wonderful dog -- but I also have a healthy respect for how potentially dangerous all dogs can be, even small ones and generally friendly ones.

  • klink Provo, UT
    May 8, 2013 8:58 a.m.

    "That's when the woman's 10-year-old daughter saw the boy and her mother being bitten and ran outside.
    "In an attempt to help, (she) grabbed a kitchen knife and went out and actually ended up stabbing one of the dogs," Despain said."

    I've read this story a couple of times on other news sites. Am I the only one that thinks this girls is a HERO??!! I'd love to meet her and shake her hand! Incredible act of bravery for a 10 year old. Just sayin'

  • Kathy. Iowa, Iowa
    May 7, 2013 7:15 p.m.

    Warning about anyone owning this type of dog. Our in the county our neighbors used to have a couple Rottweilers that used to get off their property a couple of times a year. We put a fence up in our large yard in the county to protect our children from their dogs, so glad we did. We didn't need a fence except for loose dogs that would show up.

  • Mike W Syracuse, UT
    May 7, 2013 3:01 p.m.

    I wonder what the limit is for dogs in St. George... in my city it's two, so the owner would be in violation of that if the same law applies there. Nevertheless, hard lesson to learn for the boy, stay out of other's property. Hope all three injured recover as quickly as possible.