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11-month-old boy dies after being bitten by two dogs

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An 11-month-old boy died after he was bitten by two pet dogs at his grandfather’s house in Toyama City on Friday.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 5:35 p.m., Sankei Shimbun reported. The child, Jin Nakamura, was staying with his grandfather, who is in his 50s.

The man told police he took his grandson with him out to the garden to pick up the dogs' feeding plates. He was holding his grandson when the dogs -- two Great Danes that weigh about 80 kilograms each and are 1.2 meters in length -- suddenly bit the boy on the head. His grandfather suffered bites to both his arms and legs as he tried to get the dogs away.

Jin was taken to hospital with head injuries and died of shock and loss of blood about 1 1/2 hours later.

Police said the owner allowed the dogs to run loose in the garden which is surrounded by a 1.8-meter-high fence.

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I have always been hesitant having my babies around any types of dogs as dogs are unpredictable. Rest in Peace and regards to the parents. The grandfather may never live this down.

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Great Danes are supposedly good with kids. I wonder if these dogs had been introduced to the child previously.

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Any breed of dogs can be dangerous to children. Being good with kids has nothing to do with the breed. It’s about the mannerism and familiarity of the dog/s. A sad outcome for the family.

4 ( +7 / -3 )

OGM, initially read the headline as, "bitten in two"!!!

Poor boy. RIP, mate.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

OMG, RIP, little boy! I have a great dane and he is the sweetest but I never let him unguarded around kids or adults. We just never know.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Put'em to sleep.

-1 ( +7 / -8 )

Any breed of dogs can be dangerous to children. Being good with kids has nothing to do with the breed. It’s about the mannerism and familiarity of the dog/s. A sad outcome for the family.

A dogs temperment varies from breed to breed. Some dogs are great with kids while others, not so much. There are other factors though, as you said.

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Really sad for everyone involved. This comes down to training though, of both dogs and people; e.g. how people approach dogs and behave near them. Also, the article stated they went to pick up the dogs' feeding plates; the dogs may have been protecting their food, or their master.

I also question why the article states "the owner allowed the dogs to run loose in the garden" - so? That's great, and that's how they should be at their own home! Free, not in a cage, like sadly so many dog owners seem to do in Japan.

In any case, things are not black&white with animals, and I wouldn't blame only the dogs.

3 ( +6 / -3 )

This is why you don’t trust animals around your child

1 ( +5 / -4 )

The baby must have looked like one large bone between two dogs ... only one dog was going to have it and and fight ensued

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

In any case, things are not black&white with animals, and I wouldn't blame only the dogs.

Dogs are like guns and should be licensed. Some 50 year old geezer cannot control two Great Danes. Dog owners need to be registered also to make sure they can control their pets.

There is no black or white about the baby being dead. This guy should not have owned these dogs but 100 percent the dogs were the killers and need to be put down immediately.

-7 ( +2 / -9 )

I hate to hear every time when dog owners say their dogs are friendly and do no harms.

0 ( +4 / -4 )

Very sad very unavoidable poor little guy RIP..

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

Very avoidable!

"owner allowed the dogs to run loose in the garden."

So they thought it was their patch. Owner 100% to blame.

Dogs need to be controlled. They are willing but can be willful if allowed.

unlike cats who do are almost impossible and do whatever they feel like. But sometimes size matters.

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Well done, Grandpa! Why not put an infant within biting distance of two large carnivores who are prone to nervousness? On top of the infant dying, thanks to Grandpa's recklessness the dogs will likely have to be put to sleep, and his family destroyed. Think a little, people.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Horrifying. Such a needless tragedy.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Very sad.

Can't imagine what the grandfather is feeling now.

Some 50 year old geezer cannot control two Great Danes.

Why on earth not?

50 isn't old, unless someone subscribes to carrousel...

1 ( +3 / -2 )

These 80 KG Giant Dane dogs are NOT pets!

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

*Great (instead of Giant), which is even far worse.

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owner allowed the dogs to run loose in the garden.

Does this mean the dogs lived in the garden, not in the house with the family? Great Danes are generally sweet dogs, very laidback and kid-friendly, but any dog left mostly to its own devices and not properly socialised can be unpredictable.

A baby in the dogs’ territory, hanging around the food bowls .... a disaster waiting to happen.

The grandfather made a mistake that can never be rectified, a precious baby is dead and the dogs will also probably lose their lives. A disaster that was totally avoidable.

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While there is some validity to the idea that certain breeds are better than others around kids, it really does come down to the individual dog. I’ve met pit bulls that were teddy bears and Pomeranians that bloodied my ankles. Trouble is, you never know if a dog will react well to a child until there is a child in their presence, and as this case shows, it only takes one time to be deadly. Ultimately, the dogs will almost certainly be put down, which is sad, but necessary considering they killed a baby and attacked their owner. This is why I’m a cat person.

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Put'em to sleep.

And what good would that do? It'd be like breaking the table after you stubbed your toe. Put them up for adoption and have the new owners know to keep the dogs away from kids. Though a heart ripping case, nobody is at fault here because the grandfather or the child's parents didn't know what the dogs were going to do.

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