There have been a surprisingly high number of dog bite tragedies involving newborn babies and infants this year, including:
- a 10-week-old in San Antonio, Texas who suffered internal bruising and bites to his face and back by a pit bull that attacked his family as they got out of their car as they returned home.
- a 10-month-old in Hertford, North Carolina who was mauled to death by his grandparent's pit bull-mix, while his grandmother watched him play with the dog on a bed.
- a 2-month-old in Ridgeville, South Carolina who died when he was mauled to death by a newly adopted retriever-lab mix as he sat in a baby swing while his father took a nap with a 3-year-old sibling.
- a 3-day-old baby who was killed when he was mauled to death by the family's pet husky in McKeesport, Pennsylvania.
The latest tragedy involves the death of a 3-month-old in Burleson, Texas. The infant was mauled to death by the family's pit bull, who had "not previously shown any sign of aggression toward the child," but attacked him as he was asleep on a bed inside their home.
However you feel about pit bulls, these incidents should serve as reminders that you should never leave a young child or infant alone with a dog without close, constant, direct adult supervision. Keep your kids safe from your family dog.