Friday, April 21, 2006

Hybrid Bites Kid

Jayden was playing on the swings inside a fenced area at the Semiahmoo kids camp Wednesday. A construction worker at the daycare had his dog at the site. The dog, described as a dingo mix, got into the play area and approached Jayden.

“He got off the swing and went to pet the dog, I think, and that's when the dog attacked him," Deanne said.

The dog was on top of the toddler biting his face when a daycare worker was able to pull him free.

I really don’t think it is a good idea to own a dingo mix. We have domesticated dogs for a purpose… to be human companions. To add back wild genes is a mistake. If you do have a domestic / wild dog hybrid, then you need to recognize that this kind of dog can’t be managed the same way you would with a 100% domesticated dog. Should they be outlawed? No, because that would imply that it was wrong for man to domesticate dogs in the first place, or own them, or to create new breeds today. But, you have to know what you are dealing with, and supervise such a dog appropriately.

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