Dangerous dog?Posted: February 20, 2014
Yesterday the UK media spread the news about a 6 day old baby in South Wales that was allegedly killed by an Alaskan Malamute. It made the front pages of several papers and I gather was hotly debated on the radio too. You can read this story on the BBC website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-26242506
There are lots of unanswered questions in this story, such as the dog’s history: I gather he was a rescue but it’s not clear why he’d been given up. And also why were the baby and the dog left alone together? So far the dog has been seized but not destroyed, which suggests there is some doubt over the incident. Though from the tone of the headlines yesterday it appeared to be an open and shut case.
I don’t know if or why the dog attacked the baby and can’t even begin to speculate. But I do know that the media coverage of this story has already had a negative affect on my breed. It saddens me to think that those headlines may doom many malamutes to being abandoned through fear of similar incidents.
Malamutes are a loving, friendly dog in the right hands. But as with any dog, training and socialisation are vital. With the popularity of films such as Twilight, malamutes are becoming an increasingly fashionable dog to own. But not everyone does their research before committing to dog ownership.
My heart goes out to the family in question. What happened was truly horrific. But I also worry what the press coverage of this incident has done to the reputation of the Alaskan Malamute in the UK.