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12 bitten in dog attack in Gunma; 5 taken to hospital

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Has the mutt been executed? Should be.

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The irresponsible owner should be

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What kind of dog?

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Dogs are our very best friends. When we show them love they always love us back. But when we ill-treat them, they will respond likewise.

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A dog attack near a park in Isesaki, Gunma Prefecture on Wednesday resulted in 12 people being bitten, including nine elementary school pupils, with five taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, local authorities said.

Let me guess the dog was mobbed by kids with distracted parents who had their rugrats off the leash and responded in the only way it knew.

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I don't care what type of dog it is, nor whether it is an angel usually - as owners usually claim when these attacks happen. Any dog that bites and injures 12 people, including kids, needs to be immediately destroyed. And the owner jailed.

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Further investigation is underway amid suspicion that the owner may bear responsibility for the injuries due to negligence.

May bear responsibility? Should be a given.

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I gotta a guy in my neighborhood who routinely walks his dog without a leash despite residents asking him to leash up.

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 the dog's owner, a 62-year-old man who lives in Isesaki. Further investigation is underway amid suspicion that the owner may bear responsibility for the injuries due to negligence.

Those victims will collect lot of money, if he can afford that many dogs he'll afford to pay for thos victims.

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Newgirlintown, the article states it was a shikoku, a breed native to Japan. All Japanese breeds are basal (you can tell by the curved tail), meaning "base dog" - that is, breeds closest to the wolf. Like all dogs, basal dogs can be friendly if well-trained, but their natural disposition is one of extreme protectiveness, and their stalky, muscular bodies make them dangerous if they choose to attack. If you buy a Japanese breed, expect to spend much time and energy associating it with other dogs and people, particularly children.

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Shikoku dog: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shikoku_dog

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The dog has obviously been mistreated by the owner. Arrest the owner, jail and fine him, remove the dog and put it in a shelter and rehabilitate it so that it learns to trust humans again, then put it up for adoption into a caring home. The dog can be rehabilitated with love and patience, the owner only through jail and fines. Hell, maybe even a class action law suit by the victims.

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From the article if it's a pure bred Shikoku dog it would be a very large one.

Could be a Tosa which is bred from a Shikoku dog. Tosa is in Kochi, Shikoku.

Tosa are Japanese fighting dogs and are banned in many countries.

Either way the negligence of the owner is the problem.

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Owzer, at least in Tokyo it is illegal to go out with an unleashed dog. They regularly make this announcement at the park where I often go with my kids.

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Is the Shikoku a Good Family Dog? Shikoku can be great dogs for experienced, adult-only owners, but they are not suitable for homes with young children or other pets in most cases. This breed has protective tendencies and may become aggressive if not provided with consistent, knowledgeable training.

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Dog owner and negligence tends to go together. If they don't let their dogs bite people, they let them chase them or bark or growl at them or let them foul the parks and paths or let them bark or whine all day long. Too many dogs in the world. Too many oafish owners.

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Too many stressed dogs that are caged or tied up all day too

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Poor kids, poor dog . . . Bad dog owner.

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That's why I prefer cats over dogs.

Less unpredictable behavior!!

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As others have indicated, this is likely to be an owner problem, not a dog problem.

I would imagine most runners in Japan have had bad experiences with dogs. I've never been much of a jogger but had several run-ins with them, being chased off paths, or sneaking up behind me and startling me with very loud barking. The standard response from the owner was to say the dog's name in a half-hearted weary way and make no attempt to express actual displeasure and discipline the dog.

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dagonToday  07:23 am JST

Let me guess the dog was mobbed by kids with distracted parents who had their rugrats off the leash and responded in the only way it knew.

Maybe if you had actually read the article, you would've understood that the dog was unleashed and earlier attacked a dog forcing that owner to kick it away. You seem inclined to blame kids and parents for no reason.

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It was a Shikoku Inu or sometimes called a Kochi ken. A proper dog!

Wouldn't like to set on by one especially if I was an elementary school student.

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factcheckerToday  06:56 am JST

Has the mutt been executed? Should be.

Time to 'put down' the mutt!

No cases of rabies infections within Japan have been reported since the 1950s.

That's good news but the people bitten need to be checked nonetheless, just to be safe. But that dog needs to go to that happy place in the afterlife where it can catch frisbees thrown by angels.

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"The man kicked the dog to drive it away. It was scary."

Wow! If you have ever been chased by an angry dog you can understand.

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Maybe if you had actually read the article, you would've understood that the dog was unleashed and earlier attacked a dog forcing that owner to kick it away. You seem inclined to blame kids and parents for no reason.

Just to make sure - nor you nor me know what actually happened there. Either a dog being an angry dog bit children with no fault on their side. OR. The children or someone provoked the dog (including the owner). For fairness sake you shouldnt take sides especially in this day and age when violent tendencies in children show themselves quite early.

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YuujuToday  07:27 pm JST

Just to make sure - nor you nor me know what actually happened there. Either a dog being an angry dog bit children with no fault on their side. OR. The children or someone provoked the dog (including the owner). For fairness sake you shouldnt take sides especially in this day and age when violent tendencies in children show themselves quite early.

I'm referring to the article because that's all we have to go on now. The article mentions nothing of children provoking the dog. Chances are if they did, it would've been mentioned. It's not about taking sides as you childishly implied. Do you have any evidence, facts, that children today show more violent tendencies quite early or is this just from your bias against children.

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A dog should not be unleashed in a park full of small children.

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Correct technique is to grab the dogs collar, twist and lift the dog's front paws off the ground cutting its air supply. Dog goes limp in a few seconds and is unharmed. Though admittedly easier said than done with a very angry dog.

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"The police have questioned the dog's owner, a 62-year-old man who lives in Isesaki. Further investigation is underway amid suspicion that the owner may bear responsibility for the injuries due to negligence."

Sadly, the man will receive little to no punishment and the dog will be euthanized. Should be the dog is saved and given to a loving family and the man put behind bars for letting the dog run around wild, and by the sounds of it, severely abusing or neglecting it to the point where they are needing to talk about rabies.

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Just a bit of advice for Japan when it comes to dog attacks or knife attacks from a street guy.

A shirt or coat is the most effective immediate defense - just cover the dog's face and grab it privates - it will calm down fast. A knife has to be thrusted and a coat or shirt can absorb the blade - think of bullfighting.

Speaking from someone who been in knife fights and dog fights

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travelbangaijin

Speaking from someone who been in knife fights and dog fights

But, have you ever been in a knife fight with a dog?

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Correct technique is to grab the dogs collar

How about if the dog isn't wearing a collar, as the dog in the article doesn't seem to have been when it attacked?

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Has the mutt been executed? Should be.

The dog needs to be observed for two weeks minimum. If the dog was rabid, it will die within that time period and the medical authorities will know to administer the rabies vaccine to the victims. If the dog remains healthy after two weeks then there is no rabies and there is no need to administer the vaccine. But that observation period is an absolute necessity.

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Newgirlintown, the article states it was a shikoku, a breed native to Japan. All Japanese breeds are basal (you can tell by the curved tail), meaning "base dog" - that is, breeds closest to the wolf. Like all dogs, basal dogs can be friendly if well-trained, but their natural disposition is one of extreme protectiveness, and their stalky, muscular bodies make them dangerous if they choose to attack. If you buy a Japanese breed, expect to spend much time and energy associating it with other dogs and people, particularly children.

Not all of the Spitz breeds, which are the breeds closest to the wolf, are so disposed. Anyone who owns a Husky or Malamute knows that. As the saying goes "a Husky is everyone's friend". I have two Husky/Malamute mixes I joke are "watch dogs", i.e., they'll watch the thieves take everything we own then beg the thieves for a belly rub.

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Just a bit of advice for Japan when it comes to dog attacks or knife attacks from a street guy.

A shirt or coat is the most effective immediate defense - just cover the dog's face and grab it privates - it will calm down fast. A knife has to be thrusted and a coat or shirt can absorb the blade - think of bullfighting.

Speaking from someone who been in knife fights and dog fights

The one time I was out walking my own dogs and was seriously attacked by a big mixed breed (Boxer and something else) kicking its balls repeatedly did nothing. I ended up having to choke it with the leash of the dog being attacked. I didn't end up with any bites but "my daughter" needed a whole bunch of stitches and staples.

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Do you have any evidence, facts, that children today show more violent tendencies quite early or is this just from your bias against children.

Just read the news archives, you'll see tons of stories how children bully children, kill or torture animals and grow up to kill people in their teens or later. Being ignorant about this is your choice.

> and how many is “tons of stories?” For example , 10 stories on the news about kids doing cruel things is quite a lot ….. but how do you compare that to a country that has hundreds of thousands or millions of kids?

> even though we may never know what provoke the dog, multiple possibilities exist

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Good friend bought a Tosa which grew huge. It would growl at me, even when invited to enter their house, just being protective I guess. The message from the dog was clear.

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