Palm Bay, FL – A 5 yr-old child was bitten in the face by a Pit bull named Blue Sky on Friday afternoon. The child was unattended in the yard with the dog and he either grabbed the Pit bull by the neck, or attempted to ride the dog like a horse.
Of course, the dog has been confiscated from the home. He has been placed in quarantine, and he will be evaluated to see if he is a “dangerous dog”. In the end, he will most likely be euthanized.
Where has common sense gone? Who allows 5 yr old children to play, unsupervised, with an 85 lb dog? The unsupervised interaction is especially troubling because the child and the dog are not part of the same family. The dog belongs to the boy’s babysitter, Semakee Cunningham, 36.
Who is surprised that a dog would snap and bite after being ridden like a horse by a 5 yr-old child? Dogs are not to be ridden, especially while unsupervised.
What other circumstances surround this incident? Was the dog chained in the backyard? Was the dog ever socialized by his owner? Does anyone doing the investigation even care? Will it matter?
The child and the dog are both victims in this sad incident. The child has suffered severe bite wounds to his face. He will need to undergo reconstructive surgery to repair the damage.
The dog will more than likely pay with his life. Both child, and dog were failed by the dog’s owner in this situation. The child should not have been left unattended in a yard with the dog.
Any dog could have inflicted the same bite wounds – a Golden Retriever, a Labrador, a German Shepherd, a Great Dane, a Poodle. No matter what the breed, any dog is capable of biting – especially if provoked.
Common sense dictates the following:
- Children are not left unattended with dogs
- Children are not to ride dogs
- Children are not to climb into a dog’s crate or bed
- Children are not to get in a dog’s face
- Children are not to be near a dog while he is eating or chewing on a bone
- Parents must educate their children about the aforementioned situations
My sympathies to 5 yr-old Jahvon Harrington. I hope that he receives the surgeries required to make him whole again. My sympathies also to Blue Sky – a dog that reacted like a dog. A dog that will most likely be killed for his actions.
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