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So, there was this local story about a boy getting mauled by Rottweilers.
Except, I know where this happened.  I used to live in that neighborhood, and I’m familiar with that construction lot.

Especially the big “GUARDED BY ATTACK DOGS – NO TRESPASSING” signs.

I’m mystified by the rending of garments and gnashing of teeth.  By the victim’s family, well OK.  He was pretty messed up.  But by the folks that own the lot?  Listen, you put these big, trained attack dogs in there.  What did you expect them to do?

REVERE, Mass. —A teenage boy was in critical condition after being attacked by two Rottweiler's behind the Northgate Shopping Mall in Revere Thursday night, police said.

Police officers said they found Brandon Marchetti, 14, in a secured, fenced-in area of a construction yard being mauled by the two dogs.

Marchetti's friend, a 12-year-old boy, had called police, who fired at the dogs when they arrived.

The brother of the construction yard owner said it is believed the boys climbed a sand pile to get over the fence and into the yard.

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  •  They were probably trained (4+ / 0-)
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    ColoTim, BlackSheep1, Noddy, qofdisks

    or at least that is what I keep hearing.  Rotweilers have to be trained to be that vicious.  Sorry for the boy and the family and for the kid who had to watch that.  But what were they doing trespassing?  

  •  In my neighborhood (4+ / 0-)
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    ColoTim, BlackSheep1, Noddy, skohayes

    the No Trespassing sign says "Don't worry about the dog, beware of owner".
    A Secured Lot with a fence and signage? Sorry, but chalk that up to a lesson learned (or not).

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 11:44:27 AM PDT

  •  blaming the dogs is not helping (4+ / 0-)

    the boys should have obeyed the signs.

    The signs are there for a reason.

    LBJ, Lady Bird, Van Cliburn, Ike, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

    by BlackSheep1 on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 12:27:31 PM PDT

  •  Kids do dumb stuff. (3+ / 0-)
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    OldDragon, AnnieR, qofdisks

    I'm bothered by the heartlessness of some of the comments, which focus on blaming the kids, rather than on compassion for the critically-injured kid and his family. I expect that from anonymous right-wingers on sensationalist sites like Liveleak. But on DailyKos??? These are 12-14 yo kids. They make mistakes. One had his scalp ripped open and was fighting for his life. How about a little empathy?

    Marchetti's parents said the boys frequently came to the area to play with the dogs and had permission to do so.
  •  Does this really have to be about blame? (3+ / 0-)
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    mbayrob, Paul1a, qofdisks

    Is it really necessary that we choose a side and assign fault?  When did the concept of accident lose all meaning?  

    Can't we just acknowledge that a horrific tragedy occurred, that maybe there is no one who can be held responsible,  and that all we can do is our best to help everyone recover?

    "None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free." - Goethe

    by jlynne on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 04:36:18 PM PDT

  •  These boys are old enough to know better and (0+ / 0-)

    presumably are at least literate enough to read the sign.

    It is also highly likely that there had been previous acts that had caused the property owners to spend the money to get trained guard dogs.

    I am sorry the boy got hurt, but stupid can be very painful.

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