New Hampshire: If you want to buy a dog off Craigslist without even knowing the name of the seller or if the dog’s had a Rabies vaccine or has bitten 157 schoolkids, knock yourself out. Hey, I’m not judging. But if you do buy a dog without knowing a thing about him, you are accepting the responsibility that comes along with that. That is, every new situation – riding in the car, walking around the neighborhood, visiting the dog park, etc – requires you to use judgment and caution since the dog is a big question mark. You are the known entity in this equation – the dog is the unknown – and in taking him on, you are promising to keep him and those around him safe from foreseeable mishaps.
Perhaps the number one foreseeable mishap to my mind would be properly introducing the dog to your kids and at some point, introducing him to other people’s kids. This will require your supervision and judgment and will happen over time, as the dog learns what is expected of him and adjusts to his new life. Specifically, you’d want to avoid situations such as this like the plague:
Shawna Innie, 12, was going inside her apartment to get a drink on Saturday when the pit bull that her family had just obtained lunged at her and grabbed her arm.
Moments later, neighbor Cameron Hallstrom, 7, entered the home, and the dog bit him on the face and ear.
“He just started attacking them,” said dog owner Nancy Innie. “It’s unbelievable.”
Nancy Innie said the family got the dog, Chico, on Friday. They picked the dog up in Nashua from an owner they know only by a first name. She said they were given no documentation about the animal regarding his shots or any other history.
“We didn’t even have him 24 hours yet, and he just totally went off the wall,” she said.
Personal responsibility fail.
May I paraphrase?: We didn’t even have him 24 hours and I expected him to read my mind and to know exactly how and from whom I wanted him to defend our home and his personal space. Further, I expected any worries or fears he may have which might cause him to react with his teeth to evaporate instantly just because. Now that I set him up for failure and my efforts have been realized the only logical conclusion is that “[o]bviously, he had a couple loose screws”. Cause it wouldn’t be my fault. Obviously.
Both of the bite victims are on antibiotics, and Cameron needed 10 stitches to repair his wounds. For now, the dog is being held in quarantine at the Manchester Animal Shelter.
Since the rabies vaccine history is unknown, the dog has to be quarantined. And of course the new owners didn’t have time to get him a shot because they had only gotten him less than 24 hours before the screws hit the wall. I think it was highly rude of that dog to become unhinged so quickly like that. Hopefully the family’s next dog will be that mind reading/fear evaporating kind. They have those on Craigslist, don’t they?