Should dogs be put down if they attack people?

Should dogs be put down if they attack people?
It's extremely rare over here in the UK but once in a while, a dog will attack a person or a little child and they will die from their injuries. The procedure over here in the UK is that the dog will usually be put down and the owner will be charged and usually will go to prison. But should the dogs really be put down if they attack someone? The argument is that the owner really should have taken more care to look after the dog and made sure that they did not do anything bad. Dogs aren't dangerous so therefore if something like this happens they should not be put down but should be taken off their owners. But the counter argument is that the dogs may start to attack people more if they get used to it and nothing bad happened to them. What do you think?


I think it depends upon the circumstances if a dog should be put down or not if it happens to attack. If the dog is antagonized (except by a child) it shouldn't be put down. If it just randomly attack someone with no good reason, yes, I think they should be put down. Whether or not the owner should be charged depends on whether or not the owner knew the dog was dangerous and put someone in harms way, especially on purpose, yes, they should be punished. If the dog acts completely out of normal behavior, I say no, because the owner didn't anticipate it behaving dangerously and biting someone.
Posted by freebird37 on 07-16-2017
I admit that I am a dog lover and I take good care of them. If ever my dog attacked me or my children I wouldn't mind taking them down because the life of my children is more important. Authorities should investigate first before judging the person because most of the time it's like a self-defense only. Sometimes a dog can smell the true color of person that's why they bark most of the stranger. I can't blame dogs if they attack those criminal especially intruders who take advantage. It's a matter of right and fair investigation.
Posted by mcbryan080990 on 07-16-2017
We are responsible for those whom we adopt. If the owner is ignorant and careless about the dog, why the dog should get punished?! It is a complete fault of the owner. Adopting a dog is a great responsibility. The truth is many people just ignore that. If your dog attacked or injured someone, it`s absolutely your fault, your crime. Therefore punishment should be applied to the owner, not to the dog.
Posted by RosieCheeks on 07-17-2017
I am a dog lover so my reply is expected. Dog trainers say that the dogs behave the way they do because that's the way they were raised. If that is true then an attacking dog can be considered innocent of the offense. I understand that some dog breeds have the tendency to attack like the small chihuahua and the lovable chow-chow breeds. But attacking humans is not a reason to kill the dog. Perhaps it is better to penalize the owner and the attacking dog should be confiscated and sent to a rescue home.
Posted by Corzhens on 07-17-2017
The issue I take with your argument is you contradict yourself. You acknowledge that some dogs need to be more closely guarded because they can attack, and then you go on to say they aren't dangerous. You cannot have it both ways here. I do believe we need to be realistic. A dog can be capable of incredible violence. Frequently that violence is the product of horrific abuse but that's not relevant to this discussion. The animal becomes dangerous and cannot be trusted. I have pets myself, four cats. I know what it is to love another species. These words aren't motivated by any lack of concern for an animal's well being. We need to be able to handle animals who have attacked people.
Posted by JaiGuru on 07-17-2017
It makes me feel sad that dogs have to be put down but I think it is rather practical to put them down so that they may not harm anyone else anymore. If it can be ruled out that the dog was just defending itself, then it does not have to be put down. Since dog owners are responsible of their dogs, there should at least be a warning if a dog attacks a person for no actual reason and they should at least provide medical expenses for the victim of the attack, just so the dogs are given a chance at life. If then the dog's behavior cannot be changed and it has attacked someone else again, then sadly it has to be put down while also penalizing the owner of the dog, since it is their responsibility to make sure their dogs do not harm anyone else.
Posted by giovanniiiii on 07-17-2017
I feel it should depend on the circumstances, mainly if the dog was defending itself then there is a reason why the dog would attack. The instances where dogs should be put down is when a dog goes to attack someone unprovoked. Owners should put a muzzle on them or have them on a leash in public if they know they could be dangerous. In the cases in the UK where the dog has been put down, usually it's because they have attacked more than once and left the person with life changing injuries.
Posted by Alexa on 07-17-2017
In my opinion there are no bad dogs, their behavior depends only by how their owner train them. If a dog becomes too violent, we should research about the cause and not put it down because it might not be his fault. Even a dog with a violent owner can become a lovable and good dog with the right training and the right care. Death penalty is never the answer, both for humans and for dogs.
Posted by Xilkozuf on 07-17-2017
I am not a dog lover. But I know that when you do something bad to a dog, it can retaliate and attack you.
And when that happens , I think the owners should be made to pay for the expenses of the medications and injections. Then they should do something to subdue the dog from having that bad behavior.
Posted by SimplyD on 07-17-2017
It depends really. We used to have a dog that god accidentally run over by our van and was screaming in pain. As my aunt got closer to him, worrying about his condition, he suddenly bit her out of shock. My aunt had to get rabies shots, but we didn't have to put down the dog because we know what he's like and he only did it out of shock. If it was a wild dog that bit her, or maybe one that is just hungry for blood, then I wouldn't think twice but to put him down before he harms my loved ones.
Posted by arachnophobik on 07-17-2017
It depends on the circumstance. If the dog has bitten before and cannot be controlled, then yes, it should be put down. But if the dog bit out of protection or self defence, then no. It should not be put down. The dog can be trained and taught that certain situation warrant such behaviors. Also dog owners should be held responsible for their dog's behavior.
Posted by joegirl on 07-17-2017
It depends on the breed of the dog. In our country, there were many cases of cute dogs, you know those expensive dogs which would kill passerby with a single bite. There was a case where a terrier dog was given to a family by their friend. They did not know where the dog came from and did not know that this dog is sensitive to red color. An old man was jogging in the park, wearing a red color t-shirt. The family member brought the terrier dog to the park. It attacked and bite the neck of the old man, refused to let it go no matter how hard the family member tried to stop it. The dog let go of the old man when he collapsed on the floor bleeding profusely. The dog was put to sleep and the family member was charged in court. Always check the back ground of the dog before keeping it as a pet. Even small cute dogs also bite!
Posted by peachpurple on 07-17-2017
It depends on the circumstance. If the dog bites someone stranger for him and his master didn't take care of him to hold him in a lease I don't think is that dog fault. I think that a dog should be killed only when he kills the people that took care of him. A dog that eats the hand that feeds him it may be a mad dog!
Posted by wallet on 07-17-2017
I think there are some shelters where they treat such dogs. Though it's hard to treat the dog in all over the world. So some countries are choosing putting down attitude. So it all depends on how the people are reacting in such case. I think people need to focus on their population and not on the population of the species on the planets. We don't have right to put down the dogs in that case.
Posted by overcast on 07-17-2017
If a dog attacks someone then yes it should be put down. After a dog attacks someone, I don't think it could be trusted not to do it again. If a dog attacks an intruder in their owner's home it should not be put down.
Posted by BigDreamer on 07-17-2017
If the dog was provoked intentionally, it's the guy's fault he was bitten. The dog was simply trying to defend itself. But, if the dog attacked without any reason AT ALL, that's when we should consider putting the dog down.

Still, dog training would remove all cases like this. There would be a couple of outliers though like maybe a crazy dog. But then other than that, there will be nothing threatening.
Posted by airfightermax on 07-17-2017
I strongly disagree to that. The owner should be the one responsible of the pet's misdeed. As the name implies, they are attack dogs. It's in their genes to attack and usually that is why they are bred for.

If you have one, meaning you are prepared and submitted yourself about taking care of that dog. Including the possibility that your dog could hurt someone.

If I would own an attack dog, I'll make sure that accidents like that won't happen by enrolling my dog in training class.
Posted by Neiltarquin on 07-17-2017
It is never the dog's fault. The person responsible for a dog attack is its owner who should take care of the dog, keep it away from other people/animals and train it. It's not fair to put down a dog who doesn't understand its behavior.
Posted by reginafalange on 07-17-2017
I am not an expert in dogs, but I think by nature, dogs will not attack human for no reason. When a dog is violent or like to attack others, it might be it was not well treated by people or even its owner. Hence I think all dog owners should really attend classes about how to take good care of dogs and train them before they keep them as pets. Dog owners should be responsible. I am not sure if there may be some cases where the dogs are really violent and attack human always without any reasons, then perhaps these dogs should be put down.
Posted by kaka135 on 07-17-2017
In every situation it depends, but if it is self defense for the dog - no I do not think the dog should be put down. But if the dog harmed or even worse killed an incident human being, than yes they should be put down because there is no real set way of training a dog. But also, dog owners are also responsible too.
Posted by simplym on 07-17-2017
I think this is as complicated a subject as the death penalty for people. Because it is a dog, I think there might be chances to train him.
Posted by hermessantos on 07-18-2017
Dog is dangerous some times. Dog is disease bearable. Some times you can get a dangerous disease by dog bite. So if you have any records about Dog byte than it will be better to avoid the dog. IN Bangladesh or in the Bengali states - 90% people we do not allow dog on the house inside. We allow cat every time.
Posted by centurion on 07-19-2017
I would also say that is depends on the circumstances of the attack. Most people do not die from dog attacks but if they do and it is a violent attack then the dog should be put down. You would have to know what provoked the attack and why the animal felt threatened enough to attack. If it is just a bite then it wold be different. I had a friend whose dog bit her child but only because the child pulled the dogs tail. You shouldn't allow a child to hurt a dog and then expect that the dog will take it. You shouldn't allow your child to touch or approach a dog you are not familiar with.
Posted by Sue on 07-19-2017
I think that the owners of the dogs that attack humans are the responsible for the acts of their dogs, because same as the wild animals, the dogs can feel emotions and feel sad or pain or fear when someone come close to them, the dog is not the responsible, because he is an animal and he learn from their owner.
Posted by BatmanWayne on 07-19-2017
Not necessarily. Before taking such a drastic attitude, one thing must consider: the factors that made the dog attack. Anything before that is extremely unethical and unfair to the animal because of course it's not always the guilty (as many people - usually those who don't like animals, especially dogs - usually say).
Posted by WildSpirit on 07-19-2017
I think it depends on the circumstances. For example, if someone is provoking the dog and trying to scare it or trying to agitate it and the dog attacks in retaliation, then I don't think you can really blame the dog in that case. This is extremely common for kids who are attacked by dogs since young children don't really understand boundaries yet and might bother the dog without knowing it. It would be very unfortunate if a dog was put down because it attacked someone to protect itself. Even dogs who have been traumatized have shown that they can learn to love and trust humans again so I think that if a dog attacks someone, they could be kept somewhere where they go through rehabilitation and training until they can be trusted around humans again.
Posted by lilac123 on 07-19-2017
Here, if a dog cause a damage to someone or someone's property, its own will have to take care of everything, playing wherever it has to pay. The thing is that the most of times none will take charge of what a dog does and it's really frustrating. It's better to train very well the dogs we have so these kind of accidents won't happen frequently.
Posted by luispas on 07-28-2017
I don't think dogs should be put down if it attacks people. Some dogs are aggressive by their nature, they could attack strangers but not the master. Dogs do not attack people unless they are provoked or have some disease. In order to play safe, you should always vaccinate your dog properly. One or two attacks can be excused, if the dog begins to attack everyone, we should get serious about it.
Posted by vinaya on 08-31-2017
Personally, I believe that all dogs action and reactions were likely to be provoked, their actions doesn't just come without any other reference and it's not wise to purposely provoke a dog pet.

I think that should any dog mistakenly attack or bite someone, it doesn't mean that they've got to be put down but should such situations arise please do make arrangements know the reason why the dog attacked someone, and if there wasn't any reason then I think it's right to take such dog to be evaluated and find what his problem was and to determine if it's something that could be corrected or not

Dogs are man's best friend and as such should they attack anyone in real life, everything possible must be done to find out more about the cause of it in order not to allow such situation repeat again. They say that prevention is better than cure. So therefore, it's a wise decision not to just overlook when your dog attacked someone, it's best to find out the cause of it and probably take good of it.
Posted by Heatman on 09-11-2017
I think that dogs only attack people for a reason, if they've been provoked or they feel threaten or if they're just trying to protect us from danger because dogs can easily smell danger. The best way to do for those dogs that attack people without any reason is to just train them or they may be sick and just need a medical attention that's why they get easily stressed or irritated. It's always best to consult your veterinarian.
Posted by ColdFlameChris on 11-13-2017
I totally agree,a dog owner that can't take of his or her dogs properly and allow the dog go on attacking spree then such dog should be taken down. Attacks from dogs shouldn't be taken lightly because it a very serious issue
Posted by lovely on 11-17-2017
I think that it depends on the circumstances of the attack, and also the behavior of the dog. If the dog thinks that they are protecting their beloved human, and attacks someone whom they perceive as a danger to their owner, then the dog just needs to be trained not to act out unless they are trained as a guard dog, which will only bite someone when commanded to attack. On the other hand, there are dogs which are known to have a habit of viciousness and biting people that are just innocently walking down the street, or sometimes they are even doing something in their own yard, and the dog comes over and attacks them. Sometimes, the dog even jumps a fence to get out of his own yard to attack someone. A dog with this kind of a nature, is always going to be potentially a violent dog, and should be put to sleep and not be allowed to continue biting people.
Posted by Happyflowerlady on 11-18-2017
This is a really tricky question, as I am not in favor of discouraging dogs except for diseases. On the other hand, some dogs are extremely brave and violent that not even a specialist is able to solve the problem. In this case, I think the most viable is the abatement.
Posted by hermessantos on 01-20-2018
I'm against putting down a dog after it has bitten a person. I have a soft spot for dogs and I don't like them to be hurt or killed. However, as pointed out by others, a dog must be killed in order to assess of it has rabies. If I have to choose between the life of a dog or the life of a person, I'd choose the latter.

However, in my country, there are many cases of dogs biting people. But they do not bring the dogs down. What the owners of the dogs do is that they pay for the hospitalization of the injured person.
Posted by limberg on 01-27-2018
Yes dogs should be put down has a punishment for attacking humans because we cant really blame the owner since they might have trained the dog well but sometimes the dog can still deviate and attack others.
Posted by babyright on 02-14-2018