Another blame the victim phrase is, “Dogs don’t attack for no reason.” The goal of the phrase is to deny the victim’s and other witnesses’ version of the attack and to essentially blame the attack on anything but the dog. A commenter in an article published by the Evening News, “Boy savaged by ‘gentle’ pet,” states:

This comment won’t be popular but…Dogs don’t attack for “no reason”. Something will have triggered it, the report mentions that the dog went rigid and started growling, so what did the child do immediately before that? What provoked the attack? – Dan