Whose Fault is it? Siberian Husky Kills Newborn
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Whose Fault is it? Siberian Husky Kills Newborn

Montreal : Canada | Jun 08, 2010 at 7:31 AM PDT
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Two Siberian Huskies are the centre of a controversy in which a 3 month old infant was mauled to death. Tests are being conducted on the two dogs now to see which one was the killer. The result of the tests will most certainly determine which one of the two dogs is euthanized.

Paramedics found the girl strapped in a car seat on the floor covered in deep bite marks and scratches. The dogs allegedly were left alone in the house with the baby girl, while the grandmother, 37 and her teenager daughter, 17, were outside.

The two women face charges of criminal negligence causing death. The incident occurred on the south shore of Montreal.

There was sufficient evidence to arrest both the mother and grandmother, said Quebec police Sgt. Ronald McInnis. Both had left the infant inside to go look at the yard and neither took "care of the baby," he said.

Huskies are normally not very aggressive and I like to describe them as big teddy bears. It is a shame that an animal must meet its untimely death because of the stupidity of their owners.
Having been an owner of both a Siberian Husky and an Alaskan malamute, knowing their friendly disposition, I find this appalling. This situation looks to me one created by humans. Who would leave a baby on the floor in a car seat with two large dogs roaming the house alone?
Siberian Huskys are large animals with strong paws and large claws, even if they tried to be friendly the result was inevitable.
So the question is "Whose fault is it?"

Update:

Both mother and grandmother appeared in court today. The grandmother has been released without charges. The mother has been charged with manslaughter. Since she is 17 it is not clear, whether or not she will be tried in as an adult or as a young offender. If convicted as an adult she could get up to 20 years, while she could only get up to 10 years as a young offender.

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Karl Gotthardt is based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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