Dog that bit boy in Murietta won't be euthanized

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Updated: 1/10 11:19 am

MURRIETA, Calif. (AP) — Animal control authorities say a dog that bit a 3-year-old boy on the face inside a Riverside County hardware store last month will not be euthanized because it was determined that its former owner was irresponsible.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported Thursday that the Akita named Chester has been taken in by an Akita rescue facility.

Chester's former owner, 62-year-old Robert Steven Kahn, was arrested Jan. 2 on suspicion of criminal negligence and later released on $5,000 bail.

Police say Kahn left the scene after the dog bit the boy at a Lowe's store in Murietta Dec. 28. He was identified by surveillance video footage.

The young victim received 50 stitches at a local hospital and additional treatment at a children's hospital in San Diego County. His father says the boy is recovering.

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ObedientDog - 8/13/2014 6:07 AM
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Dogs aren't agressive by themselves, they are agressive because their owners teached him to act like that, or their owners didn't do anything to change the agressive behaviour that the dog developed. The owner should had taken care of the dog in all moments, even more if he knews the dog were agressive and were people around? It's not fear to blame only the dog or kill him, he can change with a little of training. You can see more about this topic here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZhHUj0TnP8
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