Girl critically injured by dog in Clearfield

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  • Juan Gone34 Salt Lake, UT
    July 30, 2013 9:56 a.m.

    I find it interesting that you would really try to defend the dog and owners in this situaiton. Owning a dog is a HUGE responsibilty. Every owner should know that there is a chance their dog could attack a person, and all precautions should be made to prevent it. And by owning a dog, if it does happen, the owner should be solely responsible in most cases. So yes, the dog should be put down, and yes, the owners should be held responsible for monetary costs and whatever else might be involved. That's part of of the risk of choosing to own a dog. Honestly, most dog owners shouldn't have a dog, because they don't have the means to do this. Many dog owners can't even keep their dog quiet at night if it's keeping neighbors up or chasing kids and runners down the street. Let alone control them form attacking 5 year old kids.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    July 29, 2013 4:32 p.m.

    The dog may have shown no previous tendency to aggressive behavior. But once it has in such a manner, there’s no resolution but to have it destroyed. It’s fortunate the commotion was heard in time to rescue the girl before it was too late.

  • Cleetorn Fuaamotu, Tonga
    July 29, 2013 1:18 p.m.


    Just out of curiosity, what constitutes a “dangerous animal” to you? This was the family pet who – according to neighbors – has never exhibited aggressive behaviors before. And let it “run loose?” It was in its own yard where the girl climbed the fence to get in. Granted, the little girl didn’t need to have that experience, but “monetary damages?” How about the family who let the little girl run loose putting the dog in a position where it may have felt that it was protecting its own turf and now it has to be destroyed? Who is going to provide remuneration to that family who is VOLUNTARILY having their pet put down?

    Or were you just making a general comment that has nothing to do with this article?

  • washcomom Beaverton, OR
    July 29, 2013 8:47 a.m.

    How absolutely scary! But I am confused by the fact that the police said the injuries didn't appear life threatening, yet this little girl was shaken and taken by the throat. That's a major injury on her brain, with the loss of blood.
    Certainly our thoughts are with both the little girl and her family, as well as the owners of the dog who have done the right thing to euthanize the dog. Just a sad event.

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    July 28, 2013 9:33 p.m.

    Any dog who does that needs to be put down!

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    July 28, 2013 4:02 p.m.

    I hope the little girl pulls through and has a wonderful productive and normal life.

    My hope for the dog are: Dead.

  • Elcapitan Ivins, UT
    July 28, 2013 2:24 p.m.

    People who insist on keeping dangerous animals together with letting them run loose should be held accountable to the law and prepare to monetary damages as well. This animal should be destroyed.