No matter how familiar they are with people dogs can always bite - FOX 10 News | myfoxphoenix.com

Expert: Dogs can always bite, no matter how familiar they are with people

Posted: Updated:
  • Arizona HeadlinesMore>>

  • Late night monsoon storm brings downpour to downtown

    Late night monsoon storm brings downpour to downtown

    Mother nature was busy Thursday evening bringing a thunderstorm with strong winds and rain to the west valley and a torrent of rain just before midnight to downtown.In the west valley wind is suspected as being the cause of several R/V's to overturn. 
    Mother nature was busy Thursday evening bringing a thunderstorm with strong winds and rain to the west valley and a torrent of rain just before midnight to downtown.In the west valley wind is suspected as being the cause of several R/V's to overturn. 
  • Pickup truck crashes into east valley canal

    Pickup truck crashes into east valley canal

    Emergency crews responded to a truck into a canal near Ellsworth Elliot Thursday evening.First responders found the vehicle with it's lights on in the canal. Crews checked inside the vehicle and the area but did not locate any driver or passengers of the truck.
    Emergency crews responded to a truck into a canal near Ellsworth Elliot Thursday evening.First responders found the vehicle with it's lights on in the canal. Crews checked inside the vehicle and the area but did not locate any driver or passengers of the truck.
  • Wind knocks over several RV's near I-10 & Watson

    Wind knocks over several RV's near I-10 & Watson

    Rescue crews are working to rescue people who were trapped in their recreational vehicles near I-10 Watson during a monsoon storm.We have a crew headed to the scene and will bring you the latest updates on this developing story at www.myfoxphoenix.com
    Rescue crews are working to rescue people who were trapped in their recreational vehicles near I-10 Watson during a monsoon storm.We have a crew headed to the scene and will bring you the latest updates on this developing story at www.myfoxphoenix.com
PHOENIX (KSAZ) -

The family of a 9-month-old who was mauled by their pet dog has asked Maricopa County Animal Care and Control to have their dog put down.

The mother told police she left the baby in the family room for a few minutes, but during that time, the Akita knocked down a gate and went after the child.

Tempe police say the dog has a history of violence, attacking both the infant's mother and older sister.

Even though the dog had a violent past, the family kept the dog in the home and that's not uncommon.  But experts warn that all dogs, no matter how long they've been part of the family can turn on you.

This past weekend, a 77-year-old woman died after the family dog attacked her as she was giving him his medicine.

"You never thought your wife would be a victim.. no, that was the last thing.. I mean she loves animals and dogs."

A few weeks ago, a dog named "Mickey" attacked a 4-year-old who reached for his bone.

"Mickey wasn't just biting to bite, he was shaking his head, trying to hurt."

And then Wednesday's incident in Tempe where the family dog left a 9-month-old with serious head wounds.  It happened when the child's mother stepped away for just a few minutes.

"It's not all what they say it is.. it's just a freak accident."

"Respect the animal."

Dog trainer Nancy Langlois says just because a dog is considered a member of the family or a person is familiar with the dog doesn't mean they won't snap.

"You can have a dog that will never bite and then have one that says I don't feel good today and you were bugging me."

A dog's instinct kicks in, especially when it's being protective.

"It's a normal thing.. we do the same thing, we lock houses so people won't get in.. we resource and guard our property.. the dog is doing that to guard what he has," said Langlois.

Giving a dog plenty of exercise and training -- and doing this from the time they are puppies will help prevent attacks, no matter what breed of dog.

"It depends on how the dogs are raised.  It really does. There's a lot of stuff about pit bulls and bully breeds, but if they are raised correctly, they are not going to attack."

And one of the most important pieces of advice when it comes to kids: Langlois says never under any circumstance should a baby or toddler ever be left alone with a dog for any amount of time.

Related stories:

Didn't find what
you were looking for?

Powered by WorldNow

KSAZ-TV & KUTP
511 W. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Phone: (602) 257-1234
Fax: (602) 262-0177

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices