Keeping Children Safe Around Dogs

A day after a dog mauled a three day old baby, animal adoption officers remind parents about the importance of introducing children and babies to dogs ahead of time.
The incident happened near Manchester Mall on Monday when a mother left her baby on the couch while she went to the bathroom. She had left the front door open because of the heat and believed her two dogs were tied outside but a pitbull mix entered the home and fatally mauled the baby.
Animal adoption center officers say the breed and size of the dog doesn’t matter, they say it comes down to the training and attention the dogs receive.
The heartbreaking story about a 3 day old baby girl fatally mauled by a dog in Fresno saddened the community along with animal shelter officers.  
“I understand that there are so many safety precautions out there and it makes me really hurt for the family that this happened, it’s a terrible terrible accident,” Christina Stainbrook said.
Stainbrook has worked with dogs at Miss Winkles Pet Adoption Center in Clovis. She says making sure children and babies are safe around animals is one of their top priorities. 
“A lot of times even before you bring baby home from the hospital you can bring home items with your baby’s scent on them and allow your dog to sniff those items so they’re familiar with the scent and then train them to back off,” Stainbrook said.
A family of three visited the shelter hoping to adopt a big dog but making sure their 4 year old daughter will be safe around it. 
“Definitely slow interactions she’s very high energy, she like to hug dogs. We want to get the dog used to our environment,” Amanda Horn said.
She heard about the baby’s death by a pitbull mix but would still consider adopting a pitbull because she believes it has everything to do with training, not the breed. 
“I know a lot of people that have people that absolutely adores their pets. It is definitely how they’re raised,” Horn said.
Pet adoption center officers also say it’s important to teach young children how to treat their pets as they grow older and suggest re-homing a dog if safety is a concern.

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