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American Staffordshire Terrier involved in incident with child at AKC event.

April 10th, 2007, 08:52 AM
American Staffordshire Terrier Involved in Incident With Child at AKC Event


Police were called today to the Clarke County Fairgrounds to investigate an incident involving an American Staffordshire Terrier dog and a 9 year old child. The American Kennel Club sanctions the event, held by the Clarke County Kennel Club annually. Thousands of exhibitors and spectators attend yearly.

According to witnesses, the child was walking near the show rings unsupervised when she suddenly came face to face with the 70 lb American Staffordshire Terrier dog. The child threw her arms around the dog's neck, reports say, when the unthinkable happened. The dog began enthusiastically licking the girl's face as his tail wagged briskly.

"It was awful", said one bystander, "there was nothing we could do. That dog was just giving that child every ounce of love he had and no one did a thing to stop it".

Another witness, who took video of the event, said "This happens all the time, I don't know how it hasn't made the news before now". One spectator, who declined to be named in this interview, told reporters, "The sounds were just heart wrenching, all that laughing and giggling. It made me smile so hard my face hurts. I plan to sue for pain and suffering".
The handler of the dog admits this is not the first time such an incident has occurred, and that the owners were "well aware of the stable, loving and patient temperament of this dog". The owners were unavailable for comment.

Police state that the handler, who was noticeably unrepentant, was cited for Reckless Entertainment. The dog was given roasted chicken treats and was not taken into custody.

Furbaby Momma
April 10th, 2007, 09:08 AM
LavenderRott, Thanks for posting this it made my day. :cloud9:

Loves Labs
April 10th, 2007, 09:50 AM
:D Thanks, I loved that.

April 10th, 2007, 09:52 AM
he he he! we need more "incidents" like these! :crazy:

April 10th, 2007, 10:07 AM
he he he! we need more "incidents" like these! :crazy:

They happen all the time, just don't get the press.:sad:

April 10th, 2007, 12:02 PM
My eyes just welled up with tears reading this! lol

April 10th, 2007, 04:43 PM
Loved it :thumbs up .

April 10th, 2007, 05:34 PM
great post

April 10th, 2007, 06:16 PM
I was afraid to read this when I saw the title- I thought it would be more bad press for bully breeds. I'm so glad I decided to read it, made me smile. :goodvibes:
If stories of pit bull type dogs kissing people actually made it into the papers, there wouldn't be enough papers to report all the kissing "incidents"!

April 10th, 2007, 06:48 PM
I was afraid to read this when I saw the title- I thought it would be more bad press for bully breeds.
Me too. But yay it is a good news story!

jesse's mommy
April 10th, 2007, 07:21 PM
LR, thank you so much for putting a smile on my face. That was wonderful! :lovestruck:

April 10th, 2007, 10:53 PM

There is just not enough good in the news, it seems only the sad seems to be worth reporting. It nice to see something like this for a change, thanks for posting it.

April 11th, 2007, 12:16 AM
Woohoo to the newspaper/ Associated Press of Berrysville, Virginia for printing the story!!

April 11th, 2007, 12:35 AM
:sad: No pic?


Great story.:)