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California dog attacks boy, controversially set to be euthanized

When an animal lashes out at a human, there are several outcomes that may occur. Sometimes, pets in San Diego may be quarantined, labeled as "dangerous" and then returned to an owner with strict guidelines. In other situations, such as a vicious dog attack, animals may be euthanized. There are many people who object to putting down an animal, even one that has harmed someone.

When an 8-month-old Labrador-Chow attacked a child, a cat intervened. The event was captured on video, which went viral. The cat is now being lauded as a hero. A state senator has even expressed interest in presenting the cat with a certificate. The dog, which bit the 4-year-old boy, was placed under quarantine at the Bakersfield Animal Care Center and set to be euthanized after 10 days.

There are a number of people who oppose putting down the dog, with some even claiming that its behavior can be changed. However, the director of the animal center reported that the animal is trying to fight and bite workers. What's more, the center has hundreds of other dogs that lack a history of biting and are in need of a home. The director said the dog will not be handed over to anyone despite an online petition and multiple phone calls.

When a dog bites, it can cause both emotional and physical scars on a victim. Following an attack, it is important to contact an attorney who can help a victim pursue financial justice. The owner of the animal may be held responsible for expenses such as medical bills.

Source: The Bakersfield Californian, "Calls come in to adopt dog that attacked boy; shelter says no," Laura Liera, May 16, 2014

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