After a serious of fatal pit bull mauling, the dog’s owner will often say, the dog has “never shown aggression before” to absolve himself from responsibility. After the death of a 3-day old baby, for instance, who was killed by the family’s pit bull, the baby’s father, Mark Valentin, not only used this phrase but another one employed by culpable pit bull owners, “raised the dog from a puppy.” At the time, Valentin was being investigated for child neglect. It must also be noted that Valentin undoubtably promoted the Nanny dog myth before his pit bull — described to the media as “very loving” — killed his son.

The father said that the family “raised the pit bull since it was a puppy” and that the dog “never showed any signs of aggression” towards anyone in their family. The day that police and child protection agencies stop honoring these cliche excuses from pit bull owners, is the day that children will championed instead of buried. – DogsBite.org
The father said the family raised the pit bull since it was a puppy and that the dog never showed any signs of aggression toward anyone in their family. – Mark Valentin
Valentin said that the dog never showed any signs of aggression toward anyone in their family, adding that his 4-year-old son “has never had any problems with this dog.” The father said he had raised the dog since the day it was born, and he said it was a very nice and loving dog who was never beaten. – Mark Valentin

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