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Siblings of boy mauled by family dog are taken by Child Welfare

Officials from San Diego County Child Welfare Services have taken custody of the three siblings of the 2-year-old boy killed Saturday by the family dog, officials said Monday.

Aaron Carlson was mauled by the family’s German shepherd in the family’s home in off-base military housing in San Diego.

Aaron was upstairs while his mother was downstairs, unaware of the attack, authorities said. His father is a deployed Navy sailor.

The move to take custody of the three other children is a routine precaution while officials determine whether their parents can adequately care for them, authorities said.

County animal control officials have euthanized the dog.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

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When caring for more than one child, it sometimes during a regular day becomes necessary for a parent or care person to just relax for an hour or so. However, in most instances when a mature adult care for those busy younger people it is customary to have the youngesters take a nap also during the same time the adult is taking a nap. This can be a case where the children had been escorted to their rooms to nap and once the adult drifted off into sleep the children decided to play with doggie.

It was a giant monster dog to the little boy at the time.

This is such a tragic story. Who would ever think that your beloved family dog could kill your child? So very very sad. I think Social Services is doing the right thing by removing the other siblings. An investigation is certainly warranted.

where are all the defenders of these animals??? oh, pitbulls are the most gentle dogs in the world?? right. killing machines, nothing more and nothing less.

I've been mauled by dogs twice in my life, and I have horrible scars to prove it. In neither case did I provoke the dogs. The first time was when I was four years old, and a cocker spaniel almost ripped my nose off. The second time was when I was 10 years old, selling Brownie cookies, and a retired RCMP German Shepherd decided that my arm looked good enough to eat. I'll never forget that day, after the German Shepherd attacked me, that it walked behind me salivating at the blood gushing out of my arm. I instinctively KNEW that if I ran, that this dog would finish me off. I escaped to the safety of my Brownie leader's car and was rushed to the hospital. In BOTH cases, the owners expressed how "uncharacteristic" it was, for their beloved pet to do such a thing. I MUST have provoked it somehow. I had not. There are some breeds that are just more prone to unprovoked aggression than others. It is instinct and that instinct can be acted upon when they are tired, sick, hungry, stressed. It is such a sad situation in this case, that it resulted in a death. My heart goes out to the families involved, but please be careful with your kids around your pets.


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