THE DEADLY DOG ATTACK that happened in Brocklehurst last week was by far the most commented-on news story in a long time. A witness said the victim had a seizure, which allegedly triggered an attack from the dog, resulting in the man’s death.
Never mind the breed debate, it was disconcerting to see too many people feeling sorry for the dog before they expressed the same for the human that was killed. Some were wondering whether the man did something to provoke the dog.
As a dog owner and dog lover in general, I felt uneasy to see the pity directed towards the canine primarily. Victim blaming is a horrible affair.
The prospect of the dog being euthanized proved more unsettling to many than the atrocity of the story. I get it; I feel sorry when dogs that belong to irresponsible owners get the blame for what is after all, the humans’ lack of responsibility. In this case, a person was killed by a dog.
No matter the breed, that is never acceptable.