Back in 2011, I wrote a post which recently saw over 40,000 hits on Facebook. In that post I noted that
[A]ll dogs are capable of biting, and I stress with prospective Jack Russell terrier owners that these are hunting dogs bred for hundreds of years to pursue small animals that make high-pitched noises and which have jerky uncoordinated movements. If that sounds a little like a human baby to you, then please heed the warning!
Also, please heed the warning that not all dogs are blank slates. Many breeds, especially molosser, stock herding, and stock-guarding breeds, come with genetic codes that need to be respected.
Part of respect for any dog is understanding and acknowledging the genetic behavioral code that is within the dog. Genes are not 100 percent determinative, of course, but it's harder to cut across the grain than with it, and code can explode, especially if it is ignored by the ignorant. And are there a lot of ignorants and fools in the world of dogs? There are!
To illustrate the point, I offer up two Oklahoma dog attacks. One is an attack by a pit bull mix, the other by a pack of dachshund- terrier crosses and a small border collie.
The Oklahoma City Public Schools said on Twitter that several students were bitten at the Fillmore Elementary School when the dog entered the playground area.
Five students were transported to the hospital, and seven others were taken by their parents, FOX25 reported. None of the injuries were deemed critical. The children suffered superficial dog bites, while some had escape injuries as they attempted to run away, officials said.
“Dog came on and started to attack some of the kids, and of course kids began to scream and panic, which excites the dog and scared the dog even more,” Capt. David Macy with the Oklahoma City Fire Department told FOX25. “His natural instinct was to keep biting and go after the kids.”
The dog, a pitbull mix, was able to get inside the school, but a teacher tackled him before he reached any classrooms.
Tracy Garcia was attacked by the dogs, who are thought to have weighed less than 20 kg and were no more than knee high, near her home.
Authorities in the US state are investigating whether criminal charges should be filed against the dogs' owner following the incident.
Police shot one dog and the rest were put down at an animal shelter.
The shelter's euthanasia technician Amanda Dinwiddie said six of the dogs were dachshund and terrier mix and one was a border collie mix.