17-month-old boy killed by dog in Jacksonville

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Jacksonville Police say a 17-month-old boy was killed by a dog in a neighbor's yard.

Dylan Andres got away from his mother Friday morning as she was unpacking groceries. He wandered into a neighbor's yard across the street and was attacked by the dog, which was chained to a pole in the front yard.

The Florida Times-Union (http://bit.ly/A4nQoU) reports that the dog was a Rottweiler.

Neighbors took the boy and his mother to a nearby hospital hospital, where the boy was pronounced dead.

Police say the dog will be euthanized. Officials say they have no prior reports of problems with the dog, whose owner was not home at the time of the attack.

AP-WF-03-10-12 0803GMT


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  • by Suzie Q Location: Alabama on Mar 23, 2012 at 04:50 PM
    As an RN for over 16 years, and a past dog owner (most of them were German Shepards, Chows, or one that was Chow and Wolf mix), I see the situation from many sides. Plus, as a step parent, there are parental responsibilities that this mother must now live with the rest of her life. First: The mother had full responsibility for the safety of her child. To allow him to wander away, "...across the street..." he would have walked some distance away from her. Why did she NOT notice where he was? It is her responsibility to know where her child is at all times. Second: The dog's owner has a lawful responsibillity to control the dog. As a Rottweiler, it has an innate possibility that it could display a tendency for visciousness. Therefore, the owner must do everything that is possible for control of behaviors. So, is the owner or dog at fault? No. It was chained in the yard. The child approached it- not the other way around. Third: I do not believe in the killing of a dog because it is of a viscious nature. In this case the dog was under control and only defending its territory. However, once an attack has been made- regardless of who is at fault- the need to kill it would seemingly increase. This would be due to this newly learned behavior and may present a security problem in its future control. Yet, once again, the child went to it. In closing, I have one main question to ask the mother: If you had no idea that your child crossed the street and went into your neighbor's yard, why did you not hear the increasing visciousness in the dog's barking and growling? Would that not grab your attention? Blessings to those family members and loved ones who must live with this tragedy.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 26, 2012 at 11:39 AM in reply to Suzie Q
      i agree! the mother should have been being a "MOTHER" and watchin her son & he would still be here today.
  • by Toya Location: enterprise on Mar 22, 2012 at 11:37 AM
    this is so sad :/
  • by Daniel Location: Alabama on Mar 11, 2012 at 08:52 PM
    That is about the most asinine statement I have ever heard. This animal was chained in IT'S yard and the child wandered over into the yard. Yes it is tragic that this child was killed but making such an asinine statement that "it would be better if they were banned". This could have avoided had the mother been paying attention. I wonder if she was "talking or texting" on a cell phone or otherwise engaged?
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      by Anonymous on Mar 20, 2012 at 09:44 PM in reply to Daniel
      It's a asinine statement till it is your child. You know if it's your child and you have such feelings of grief that someone would have a vicious dog like that, you'd probably kill it just to relieve your self of some of your grief.When it's you and your loss and the feelings of sadness it almost unbearable you'd probably kill the owner of the dog so he wouldn't ever get another vicious dog so someone eles could suffer the pain that you are suffering.If people would stand in the womans shoes one minute you'd know how she feels.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 10, 2012 at 07:51 AM
    One thing I can say about these dogs are that they will defend their yard, and a dog on a chain is a vicious dog.My son had one and you could tell he would get you if you got to close. Well it's a shame that the baby was killed. But these dogs need to be behind a fence and on a chain. It would be better if they were banned.
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      by joicem on Mar 12, 2012 at 02:34 PM in reply to
      It is sad when a child is hurt when adults are the responsible ones. Don't blame the dog blame the owner and mother. Well lets just band everything that could be dangerous or might be dangerous anonymous have read a lot of your writings. never thought you where the banding type
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        by Anonymous on Mar 20, 2012 at 09:31 PM in reply to joicem
        Some people regardless of how things are, just can't seem to do the right thing. If the woman would have left the child in it's car seat till she unloaded the car, the baby probably would have been o'kay. But on the other hand some one would have came by and saw a child in a car by himself and the cops would have been called and this would have resulted in child abuse charges being filed. As to banning dogs of this nature, yes, I think they should be banned. The dog my son had was a very vicious animal. If he would have ever broken that chain he was on and got lose and someone was trespassing in the yard the person probably would have suffered extensive damage.You can't do everything correct, because regardless of what it is someone will complain.
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          by joicem on Mar 29, 2012 at 12:32 PM in reply to Anonymous
          What should be banned is stupidity it is the one common factor in most bad situations. I have 3 vicious dogs and if I would have had them in 97 maybe I wouldn't have been shot 8 times in my own house. So sorry for the loss of a child, but will have my protectors. I like to think I am a responsible owner. They are dangerous when need be but for my family they are family. You are right about one thing someone will always complain.
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