Baby killed by small dog
1-week-old baby dies of wound inflicted by family's Jack Russell.
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An 8-day-old baby boy has died as a result of being attacked by the family’s small pet terrier, according to the Daily Mail. Details of the attack have not been made public; however, the boy’s wound after the dog bit him just once was so severe that the local hospital was unable to save him.

The police in Telford, Shropshire (UK) are investigating the tragedy. The animal responsible for inflicting the wound was reportedly a Jack Russell terrier, a breed which has recently been listed as one of the more aggressive breeds kept by families. The family pet was put down following the attack.

Small, but deadly?

Although Jack Russell terriers are popular family pets, the Telegraph listed the breed as number 7 (out of 10) top aggressive dogs in 2010, citing Jack Russells as responsible for 41 out of almost 800 recorded dog attacks, but this may be to a new system of classifying dog attacks, in which an attack is described as “any incident in which a dog attacks, bites, harasses or even chases a person or another animal.” In that system, the Jack Russell was classified as more dangerous than both the bull mastiff and pitbull terrier.

In May this year, a 1-month-old baby in the US received more than 30 bites while lying in his crib from a Jack Russell. According to Jack Russell trainer Lillian Leno, “they are born to hunt.”

“It’s not that they want to hurt a baby, It’s when they hear a baby crying they don’t know if it’s a child or an animal to hunt.”

Leno said it is for that reason she won’t sell a Jack Russell to families with small children. She said she has heard of instances in the past where a Jack Russell attempted to get into a baby’s cot, but the child’s mother was able to stop the dog in time. (CBS).

Editor's note:
Responsible parenting and pet ownership should always involve acclimatising new pets to the home and also extensive training of your dog, in conjunction with teaching your child how to handle your pets with care.

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