Rescue Dog Injures Baby (Warning: Disturbing Images)

This one hits close to home. The victim is the grandson of my friend and frequent collaborator Dee Puett. I'll turn the floor over to her in a moment, but I wanted to note that this dog had been in the home without causing harm for two weeks. The child was supervised--in fact, he was three feet from his father when the attack occurred.--Gordon

By guest writer Dee Puett

Dear Irresponsible Pet Owner:

My daughter in her unfailing kindness and with all the love she has for animals, tried to save a dog you had disposed of like yesterday's garbage. She took the dog into her home and tried to show it the love and compassion you so very obviously did not give it in the hopes of finding it a home where it would know love and kindness. This dog that you threw away because you lacked the common courtesy to take the animal to a shelter and have it humanely disposed of, turned on my 15 month old grandson. He is in the hospital now with 3 skull fractures, 3 skull puncture wounds that penetrated the protective lining of his brain, one that actually did puncture his brain. He wants to run and play as any 15 month old little boy does, but he has a drain inserted into his head to keep the fluid from building up on his brain, he has an IV inserted into his tiny arm that is no bigger than two of my fingers held together. I have no idea how many stitches it took to reattach his scalp back to his head. His eyes are swollen. His nose had to be stitched closed. He is in pain, he is on medicine that makes it difficult for him to sleep. He faces several weeks of recovery and if he develops an infection in any of those wounds? He may die.

All because of you. All because of your laziness, your inconsideration, your stupidity.

The dog was euthanized, its head cut open and pieces of its brain sent to be tested for rabies. More things to think about while we wait to see how things are going to play out.

I don't hate you, but I am disgusted by you and by the millions of others just like you who dispose of your cats and dogs by throwing them to the streets to fend for themselves. You are deplorable, you are selfish and you deserve to be punished. You can never give my grandson back what you have taken from him. He will likely fear dogs for the rest of his life, he will have scars that will not fade from his body or his mind. You taught this baby to fear and you took away his joy. All because you were too lazy/stupid/inconsiderate to take this dog to a shelter and surrender it. I hope you see this, I hope you find these photos haunting your dreams as much as I have in the last 48 hours. 

Smiling through the pain

This is in the Topeka, Kansas area. Please share this, I want this person to see what they have done. None of this was necessary. None of it. And now good large breed dogs have lost a savior in this world because my daughter can no longer rescue them, the risk is too great.

Each year, approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized (1.2 million dogs and 1.4 million cats). While some need to be put down, many of them are victims of people who simply cannot or will not take the effort to rehome them. Fostering and rescues are the only option because no one else has come up with a better solution. I will stand behind my daughter's decision to be a foster. She has successfully fostered over 40 dogs and cats in this year alone and with the exception of this single incident, all of her fosters have been successfully adopted. There will no longer be any large breeds though. I think she will be helping with the cats, toy breeds, and fundraising. Which is a loss to large breeds. I hope someone who can will step up and fill the void she is leaving. No animal deserves to be left to die in a concrete shelter at the hands of a stranger.

-Dee Puett


Update (11 days later):
Logan is recovering well. He's home and showing no symptoms, though he will have scars. Dee reports that the fearless boy has been playing with her trusted yellow lab.



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