This happened in America, and though not unheard of, it’s fairly uncommon. Many people make the mistake of blaming the dog, or the breed, or the aggressive ‘nature’ of the animal. And though some of these things may play a role, the real problem stems from the people who take these dogs on as pets.
In this story, the dog who killed the 4 year old little boy was a Cane Corso (pronounced ka-nay kor-so). This is a very muscular breed of dog, a mix between a Pit Bull and a Mastiff. Making it powerful and large. I have a friend in Virgina who raises and rescues Cane Corsos. He and his wife are experts on the breed and are fully aware of the power these dogs possess. They spend a great deal of time with their dogs, socializing them from birth, training them properly, and caring for them with love while still respecting the nature of the breed. This is necessary for all breeds of dogs, but especially those who have a propensity to show signs of aggression — and those who possess a great deal of power.
In the story below there seems to be a lot of speculation as to why the dog ‘snapped’. Some of the comments lead me to think there are other stories I didn’t read which indicated the dog had been abused by the owner… the little boy’s mother’s boyfriend. If this is the case, I’m not surprised. Many young men will get a ‘pet’ not having a real idea of how to care for it. Especially a large breed dog or exotic animal. They generally get this pet seeking attention from others, or to appear ‘cool’. Yet caring for one of these as a pet can prove to be difficult, even for the most experienced pet owners. These poor animals end up neglected and often abused. And for anyone who thinks physical abuse is going to calm your aggressive dog (Cane Corso, Tosa Inu, Rottweiler, Pit Bull, etc) you are sadly mistaken. Abusing these breeds (or any breed) will only encourage that aggressive nature they already possess. They will not protect and defend you as you once hoped — they will fear and hate you. Just because a dog obeys you doesn’t mean he respects you.
So if you’re one of the young men or women who have taken on one of these dogs for ‘protection’ or just to get attention from the general population — please do your homework. These are not easy breeds to care for. They require a great deal of training and socializing and time!
A Brooklyn boy was fatally mauled by a family dog Friday in a split-second attack that may have been prevented.
Jayelin Graham, a 4-year-old boy, was killed when the dog, a Cane Corso Mastif, erupted in a violent rage, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. No one seems to know what set off the dog, but apparently the animal was already a known menace in the neighborhood.
“Within a split second it happened,” Calandra Jubeark, the boy’s aunt, told WABC-TV. e “[Saquina Jubeark, the boy’s mother] said, ‘The dog wouldn’t let go.’ It’s painful.”
The dog’s owners maintain the dog did not have a vicious nature, but neighbors seem to disagree, accoridng to ABC.
A man who tried to save the boy from the dog said as soon as the dog had the child in his jaws, there was no hope.”He was trained to kill,” the man told the Daily News. “He had the boy by his throat. The dog was shaking him. He had no chance.”
According to ABC News the dog apparently belonged to the boy’s mother’s boyfriend.
Jayelin’s other siblings have since been removed from the apartment, though the dog was tranquilized and taken away following the attack.