A video of a toddler sleeping with a 100-pound pit bull was recorded after an earthquake hit in Alaska.
It happened after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck near Anchorage.
“The only way she’ll sleep is if Fury is in there with her to protect and ease her anxiety. Normally he sleeps on the floor next to her bed but that night she called him up to cuddle him,” the girl’s father, Kyle Leary, told the Daily Mail.
In a video, the girl, named Adalynn, is seen tucking the dog into her small bed before falling asleep.
Some people claimed that it could be a potentially dangerous situation.
“Obligatory ‘this is cute but dogs should never be left unsupervised with young children,'” said someone on Reddit.
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“Large dogs have no business being next to a child. They are animals at the end of the day and children should not be trusted around them. This is the poster for how a child gets mauled by a dog,” responded another.
But Leary said that the pit bull is her “best friend and bodyguard for life.” He said that if the owners raise pit bulls “with love, they only show love.”
“I agree to never keep a child and animal unsupervised but I have done over 100+ hours of training with him and there’s one thing I know, Fury isn’t just any animal. ‘He knows it’s his job to have Ady under his protection and be her service dog anyway she needs,” Leary also commented to the Mail.
Some other people also argued that pit bulls can be “sweet” and “harmless.”
“And commence with all the people with their anecdotal [expletive] stories about how their pit bulls are ‘so sweet.’ Yeah, they’re super sweet until they maul a child,” wrote another person on Reddit.
But one person attempted to dispell that notion. “Pit bulls used to be known as nanny dogs and they love children. Keep your comments to what you actually know,” they said.
‘Most Abused Dogs on Earth’
Animal rights group PETA has said that pit bulls are “the most abused dogs on Earth.”
“Pit bulls are left at shelters in record numbers—and since they are difficult to adopt out, reputable shelters (that don’t slam the door in the dogs’ faces) are finding that they must euthanize more pit bulls and pit bull mixes than all other dogs combined,” the group said.
Karen Delise, research director for the National Canine Research Council and author of “The Pitbull Placebo,” has investigated hundreds of dog bite incidents.
She wrote in a now-taken down article: “My study of dog bite-related fatalities occurring over the past five decades has identified the poor ownership/management practices involved in the overwhelming majority of these incidents: owners obtaining dogs, and maintaining them as resident dogs outside of regular, positive human interaction, often for negative functions (i.e. guarding/protection, fighting, intimidation/status),” according to a prior report from The Epoch Times.
Dog Bite Statistics
DogsBite.org says that “each day, about 1,000 U.S. citizens require emergency care treatment for serious dog bite injuries. Annually, about 9,500 citizens are hospitalized due to dog bite injuries.”
In a 13-year analysis, the website says that of 433 fatal dog attacks in the United States, pit bulls contributed to 66 percent, or 284 deaths.
Rottweilers, the second on the list, inflicted 10 percent of attacks that resulted in human death, the report says.
German shepherds accounted for 4.6 percent of fatal attacks.
Mixed-breed dogs accounted for 3.9 percent and the American bulldog was next at 3.5 percent, the report said.
The Mastiff and Bullmastiff accounted for 3.2 percent of deaths.
Last on the list were huskies, which accounted for 3 percent of fatal attacks.
The report compiled fatal dog attacks between 2005 and 2017, showing that 48 percent of the victims were children aged 9 or younger.