Editor’s note: Fatal dog maulings almost always have mitigating factors — like the dog being sick, unaltered, abused, unsocialized, or some combination of these — that the media seldom takes into consideration. What we know for sure is that dog-bite related fatalities are not a breed problem. Any dog of any breed if left unsocialized or if abused can become dangerous. Pete Murphy with the Dubuque Regional Humane Society sums it up best in the article below when he says, “There’s a potential for this to happen with every breed… it’s very important to supervise dogs with kids as well as socialize and train them.” Indeed, even small-breed dogs have been known to kill infants, so parents, grandparents, guardians, etc. must always be vigilant.
Please contact* the Hopkinton Mayor and City Council at the following address and politely inform them that breed-specific legislation does not prevent dog bites/attacks; that it is ineffective, unenforceable, and has been ruled unconstitutional:
Hopkinton City Hall
115 First St SE
PO Box 154
Hopkinton, IA 52237-0154
From KWWL NBC 7:
We now know the name of a three year old girl killed after she was mauled by dogs this weekend. And some government leaders say they may make changes in their city as a result of the attack.
Authorities say Saturday, two rottweilers mauled three-year-old Vanessa Husmann in her backyard in the 200 block of Third Street SE in Hopkinton.
Authorities say the child was in the care of her 18-year-old stepbrother at the time.
…The Hopkinton City Council is re-examining its animal control laws. Right now, the laws ban pit bulls and “vicious animals”. Some council members hope to include rottweilers.
Leaders of the Dubuque Humane Society say not every Rottweiler is vicious.
“There’s a potential for this to happen with every breed, as well as, it’s very important to supervise dogs with kids as well as socialize and train them,” says Pete Murphy with the Dubuque Regional Humane Society.
The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office says the medical examiner is investigating the nature of the attack. The dogs were euthanized reportedly at the owners’ request.
*Thanks to BSL Updates for providing this contact information.