12-year-old boy injects dog with air, kills it
Boy accused of cruelty proves that some kids are bad for dogs.
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Parents are often concerned about their children’s safety around dogs, but occasionally a news story highlights that kids need to be shown how to care for animals and it’s up to parents to do that. The recent case of a 12-year-old US boy who allegedly injected a Labrador-cross with air, resulting in the death of the dog, shows that not all kids are suited as pet owners or handlers.

According to Huffington Post, the boy stole syringes from a neighbour and injected his own family pet dog with air. He is said to have known that the injections could lead to air bubbles in the animal’s bloodstream, which in turn can lead to a heart attack or stroke. The boy’s family reported the incident, and he is facing likely charges of theft and cruelty to animals.

This case takes cruelty to animals to the extreme- obviously most children are not by nature a deliberate danger to domestic animals- but there are ways of handling animals and avoiding mistreatment that parents should teach their kids so that animals don’t get hurt.

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These also help to ensure that the child is less likely to be bitten or otherwise hurt by an irritated or injured animal:

Parents of children who are around pets should teach appropriate handling methods- the do/do not do- of picking up, carrying and playing with an animal. In addition, kids must be taught what to feed an animal and what foods are forbidden/toxic/dangerous for animals.

If you are a parent but you don’t have pets, it’s still a good idea to teach your child how to be around animals. Respect that even small animals can bite if annoyed, injured or protecting young. Also ensure that the child does not try to “bully” a small animal by being too rough with the animal.

If your child’s curiosity results in injury to an animal, do make sure that it doesn’t happen again by teaching the child correct interaction with pets or remove the pet from the home should the pet be at risk of further injury.

If your child shows deliberate cruelty to animals then you may consider approaching a professional counsellor for advice. What some may dismiss as attention-seeking behaviour may have deeper roots such as psychological problems in the child or anxiety/stress being worked out inappropriately.

Protect your kids, protect your animals

Parents have the primary responsibility of protecting and guiding their children but also the responsibility of protecting any animals from being injured by children, whether the injury is by accident or deliberate. Some kids just don’t realise how strong they are or that some animals may be injured by being picked up a certain way.

Are some kids just too dangerous to be around animals?

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