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IRON RIDGE, Wis. – Taylor Becker,4, was with her parents visiting family friends when she was attacked by a 5-year-old Boxer named Rocky. She had been playing in the backyard of the home alone with the dog that was tied to a pole on a leash and chain. No one knows what happened to trigger Rocky, but investigators believe the dog slipped out of its leash and then attacked the girl. A neighbor saw the attack from the roadway and ran to the family’s front door, telling them to call 911. CPR was performed on Becker for nine minutes and emergency personnel worked on her for an hour, but Becker would die from blood loss. “She was bitten mutiple times. She did receive help fairly quickly, but these were non-survivable injuries. They were very severe injuries,” Dodge County Medical Examiner P.J. Schoebel said. No criminal charges are expected to be filed, and Rocky has been quarantined at the Dodge County Humane Society. The girl had been at the home before, and the couple who own Rocky have three children of their own so I wonder what the hell happened? They say that a chained dog is more likely to be more aggressive than one that isn’t, but this dog had no history of violence whatsoever. Regardless, sucks for both families. I’ve included a video that contains the 911 call made that day.

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  • Boughtthefarm

    Boxers are typically very friendly dogs. I wonder if Rocky is an un-neutered male.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com Morbid

    To the anonymous person who emailed me, I did not include “Boxer” in the title like I normally do “Pit Bull” because I didn't want anyone to think I posted a story about a little girl being killed by an athlete. Had it been a Labrador, chihuahua or any other dog that would not have been easily misinterpreted as something other than a breed of dog, I would have used the name in the title.

  • Lar_jenn2000

    that is just tragic. poor baby.

  • arallyn

    Many dogs that are typically friendly can have viscous individuals…a baby died back in 1995 when a dachshund chewed off its foot, and there have been people killed by labradors and golden retrievers…the last dogs anyone would pin as aggressive and attack types.

  • arallyn

    What is it with Wisconsin being in the front page stories these days? Iron Ridge is rather backwoods, though, so I'm unfortunately not that surprised. Not that surprised about the Amish incest case, either, though the community it happened in always struck me as fairly nice (if quaint) when I drove through. Just goes to show you can't trust your first impressions…

  • cplpunishment

    Man this is one of the reasons I watch my children play in the yard. They were on the trampoline having a fun filled day of jumping when my boy 8 then turned white as a sheet and said ” Da Da Dad a dog.” I turned and a Albino St. Bernard was squaring off with me sizing me up. I clapped my hands and yelled and he ran off. Don't know his intent but it wasn't to fight with me. I would have felt sorry for him afterward if it was.

    I feel for the parent of this little girl but she shouldn't have been left alone in proximity of a chained animal. Any animal can be vicious and I do not trust an animal no matter what it is.

  • Boughtthefarm

    I realize that all dogs are capable of biting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DDBREPCOORD Marie Belanger

    Do you really wonder what the hell happened, really? Well let me explain it to you …
    He was chained and probably lived his entire life like that with no stimulation, training or normal interaction with people or other animals. Forcing a social companion animal to live their life chained is like keeping a loaded weapon in your yard. Dogs have a natural instinct to be a part of a family or pack, and when forced to live unsocialized the loneliness causes frustration that leads to neurosis and abnormal reactions to stimuli, every small child or animal that attempts to make contact can be percieved as a threat because they know they cannot escape. I hope the people have learned to never do that to another Dog because they are ultimately responsible for this Childs death and the death of their Dog.
    Ccnstant chaining/tethering does cause aggression and it isn't something “they say” this has been studied and is documented as fact.
    http://www.dogsdeservebetter,org

  • frequentguest

    I mostly agree with you Marie Belanger. Leaving a dog constantly chained is inviting psychological problems. However, I believe that tethering for short periods of time (less than 30 minutes) causes no harm. I have a chocolate lab and due to some regulation about the utilities I can not have a fenced yard. He is well trained so I usually walk or let him run free out back. If I do not have the time to gooutwithhim I will tether him but he is never left outside for any longer than 30 minutes. He is an indoor dog, so he really only goes out to potty, walk, and play fetch with my preteen son (the only one of my children allowed to be alone with him). He has never shownaggression, but I do not allow my younger children around him unsupervised.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com Morbid

    I added the 911 call to the story. I also found another news report that revealed the owners have only had Rocky for 3 to 5 months.

    http://www.channel3000.com/news/24776887/detail

    I assumed they had owned the dog for its entire 5 years and this is also why I was wondering what triggered the attack. The owners have three kids of their own so it could be safely assumed that the dog was used to children. That same link also states that Rocky was the father of 5 puppies that were inside the home. It did not give any information about where Rocky came from.

  • cplpunishment

    Hey Labs are great protectors of young children I have a Yellow Lab named gerbert that my twins love on everyday. I built him a 20 x 20 fence and let him outside in the city when we are all outside. If anyone comes close the hair on the gold on the back of his neck raises and he sounds the alarm. What a great breed. I trust this guy with my children but they do not play with him w/o me or my wife being outside with them so I know where you are coming from. They are animals taken from the wild and are unpredictable at times.

    Thanks for your post Marie. You hit the nail square on the head.

  • Gee

    While your statement is accurate
    “Ccnstant chaining/tethering does cause aggression and it isn't something “they say” this has been studied and is documented as fact.”

    You don't know that this dog has been chained all of its life. If that were the case more than likely this dog would have done this to their own children already. Here is the problem any time you leave a small child alone with a dog (any dog) you run the risk of some thing like this happening. When your at eye level with a dog and if that dog has a dominant personality then he will almost always assert his dominance especially with a child (closer to his size) at eye level. Just not a good idea in general to allow children unattended around dogs for the child's safety as well as the dog.

  • Lesigh

    Well, it all depends on the dog–there is no 'safe' breed. But seriously? 'They are animals taken from the wild and are unpredictable at times.' Lol?

    Dogs haven't been 'taken from the wild'… they've kinda been domesticated for over 15,000 years. There are feral dogs and feral dog breeds, but last I checked, Boxers aren't on that list. What makes them unpredictable is the simple fact that they can't say, 'Hey, someone come get this kid outta my face.'

  • DastardlyDog

    This dog could have been tied up and abused in the past. This poor little girl was just eye level with him and may have ran at him, and he thought he was being attacked. It's so sad. My daughter was attacked in the face by a neighbor's dog. She knew the dog, and had played with it. It was chained in the yard and she ran up on it. He snapped at her. She only needed 7 stitches around her eye. She was not alone with the dog, thank God. Her sister pulled her out of the dog's range. This dog had been fine with her and the other kids. I believe chaining a dog makes it aggressive. I can't imagine being chained to something in the yard my entire life. I'd probably be pissy, too!

  • frequentguest

    which is exactly why my younger children do not play unsupervised with him. I can tell when their antics begin to annoy him and can let him go lay in his corner and rest while distracting the kids.

  • cplpunishment

    He could have barked and growled and maybe farted really really loud.

    All dogs can be unpredictabe as hell I have been bit more by daschunds than
    any other breed the only reason Morbid don't write about them is they don't
    do alot of damage but scare the hell out of the victim. I am really
    traumatized at the last attack, The dog bit my left cayley's tendon then
    b-4 I knew what happened bit my other one. Then I got pissed started
    cussing and Big Steve got his dog b-4 I did. Now that would have been a 4
    yo and it would have done some damage. Domesticated my ass.

  • guillotinegirl

    As a former delivery driver, my experience has been that your chances of being bitten increase 100% after the owner tells you, “my dog doesn't bite” and lets it out the door to greet you.

  • aka jas

    The story is enough for me. I can not listen to the 911. No way.

  • cplpunishment

    Thats what pepper spray is for, and as you go falling to the ground make sure to get the owner too and then contact the City to determine who the underwriter is for the Homeowners policy.

  • aka jas

    I had a rotty that snapped at a child. He was never chained, beat, or showed signs of aggression. The boy got with in range of Cash (his name was Cashmere. my rotty) and his food at eye level–and prior to that was the kid was trying to play with his balls. I had told his father about all of it. I walked in the house literally to grab a glass of water and Cash snapped at the boy piercing his cheek. I was pregnant with my son. The whole experience was completely devastating for me. Never once did I have an incident with Cash. That dog loved me so much. I had to let him go after that. Between a scared bitten child, my being pregnant and having to give a dog up. It was terrible. Still breaks my heart to think of all of it–and that was almost 10 years ago. I loved that dog so much. I've never had one like him since.

  • Gee

    Awww…Aka Jas that is hard thing to do

  • aka jas

    Gee thanks. ;.) It was.

  • Athena

    Actually, although its size isn't particularly threatening, the dachshund has been determined to be the most aggressive breed out there, followed by the Chihuahua and the Jack Russel. Of course, this fact doesn't get as much press because these dogs have a harder time inflicting fatal wounds.

    Precisely why, as you said, caution is always warranted.

  • Sugarglider1

    There's a reason those little guys are called ankle-biters.

  • cplpunishment

    How sweet you have a soft side, Breaks over get back to work.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tracey.a.jones Tracey A. Jones

    Wow, seriously? What is wrong with people? My dog (a Corgi) is just an overly enthusiastic greeter and I still put him in another room before I open the door to a delivery person. People are just dumb, I guess.

  • Vinron

    4 dogs killed a 7 year old boy in central Illinois this week @ mom's boyfriend's place. Poor sweet boy. Ran out to put his backpack in the car before school, they think.

    http://tinyurl.com/2f97kkt

  • aka jas

    I bleed just like everyone else. K, boss?!

  • Wildheart

    Same here….I either put my dog (small Terrier mix) in another room, or if I can't get him there in time, I hold him. Also, I know he doesn't like kids, so they are not allowed around him….no excuses.

  • littlemoonseductress

    Me thinks Morbid worries too much! Great write up!

  • Angie Bush82

    what a fucked up storey, poor little girl, i cant imagined what she went through!!!! they said the girl and her family visited the family befor but how many times???? and did she ever have contact with the dog befor? and iam thinking if she did not very much. iam thinking it went after her and not the children who lived there cause the dog was more familiar with the children who lived there and may have grew up with the kids living in the house. also this little girl may not have had much experience with dogs and mite of pulled his tail or did something to aggrivate it and cause the dog probably wasnt very familiar with her the dog did this. i dont know what happend iam just tossing out ideas because this is so sad and its hard to understand. my heart go's out to everyone involved and i know the little girl is safe from harm now and may she rest in peace. and iam sorry but i think the dog should be put down, iam a BIG animal lover but this dog killed a child reguardless of its history and is it to far out there to suggest it may do this again???? animals are just that….animals!!!! and they shouldnt be trusted 100 percent, they all have there own personalitys and who the hell knows what this dog was thinking and why he did this, so so so sad!!!!!!!

  • Lookn4mayberry

    Thank You for sharing. I have the same view.

    I NEVER understood that mentality. Get a dog. Tie dog out. ????????????????????

  • Lookn4mayberry

    My guess the dog had been abused. Does this family know the history of the dog ? I think Boxers LOOK scary and possilby look mean. However, my boyfriends Boxer is the sweetest dog in the world. She is afraid of her own shadow. She wouldnt hurt a flea. I think that is there nature. So something really wrong happened to the dog in this story. Its heartbreaking for all involved.

  • Janelle

    So glad you brought this up. I always feel so bad for dogs that are constantly chained! I've mentioned before that we got one of your dogs, a small poodle that' we've now had for 6 years, by offering money for him. My son let me know that this poodle was always chained to a tree. It was winter, and raining and windy, and I drove by different times of day and night. He was always chained, with no shelter. So my son offered the owner money, and they agreed on a hundred bucks. When we go for walks there's another dog we always pass that is always chained. It's so sad for a dog to live that way. I wish I had more money and more room so I could rescue more, and probably would anyway but my husband has put his foor down at 3 dogs and 5 cats.

  • Lookn4mayberry

    ya, dumb ass people. then society want to BLAME THE DOG !

  • DastardlyDog

    I am in NO WAY saying this was the child's fault, just that people need to teach their children about dogs, that they can bite and hurt them if they're abused, and sometimes if they're not. Teach them to stay away from them unless there's a grownup and to get permission to pet them.

  • eliz1bef

    My in-laws had a Boxer that was a total sweetpie throughout her life, but became very aggressive at the end. She developed a horrible thyroid condition, and despite treatment got very heavy and aggressive. They moved from a home with a very tall privacy fence (where the dog had spent her entire life) to a new neighborhood whose association rules prohibited anything but waist high, green coated chain link, so this dog felt completely unsecure. She ended up snapping and injuring my mother in law on multiple occasions, and had to be euthanized. Maybe there was something medically wrong with him?

  • Boughtthefarm

    It is possible that something was medically wrong with him. Its also possible that she may have had a toy or something in her hand that frightened the dog, I have chihuahuas, a pin-pin and a small schnauzer. They are generally ok with my young nephews but if one of them comes tearing through my house with a sword or a flashlight, the hair on their back raises and they get upset. I always put my dogs in their bedroom when I have company. I just don't want to take the chance.

    My brother has two male boxers that are pretty old. Infact, he had to put one down last December because he had a tumor. Both his dogs are/were very docile and sweet too.

  • Deety

    Or get a dog so you can leave it alone in the backyard day and night.

  • JGo555

    Doesn't she look like the girl from Poltergeist!? Maybe she challenged the dog by looking at its eyes. That's something you do not do to a dog you don't own. It's challenging to take alpha position.

  • JGo555

    Usually people don't report bites from these dogs because they're small.

    My American Bulldog got attacked (she was out on a leash running with my hubby in a bike) by a stupid little Bichon Frize & the owner ran after it screaming trying to catch it. My hubby had to keep tabs since my dog was about to grab this POS dog by the neck & not let go (77lb. of pure muscle with lockjaw) but he'd let her do it, the woman would've gone to the cops saying MY dog attacked hers.

  • JGo555

    Usually when dogs become old they do tend to get nasty (the old nasty dog syndrome) so as soon as the dog snapped, it should've been put down specially to prevent more suffering for the dog.

  • JGo555

    Thank you. Most people that own dogs do not understand that dogs aren't people nor do they understand the nature of what a dog is so they treat them like children… although who'd keep their child chained up in the backyard in nasty weather all year round!?

  • JGo555

    Ugh, kill the cats! They're too many already in this world.

  • JGo555

    I have an American Bulldog 77lbs. & I usually keep a baby gate on the stairs so she can't have access to the front door. The only time I let her be w/me to open the door is when a weird man wants to talk to me… I want them to think about what they might want to do to me seeing that dog next to me going bezerk before I let them in. Plus my 20lb. mutt on top of the stairs is the back up to the AB.

  • Janelle

    Yes, sadly, there are too many unwanted strays in the world, but instead of killing them, we have rescued them and provided them with a good home.

  • Abroad

    I know a rotty owner who told me a story her vet had told her: A family came to her to have their rotty put down because it had snapped a their child. It hadn’t done any damage, but they didn’t want to risk worse at a later date. When she was stroking it while the shot to put it to sleep was working, she found two thumb tacks stuck in the dog’s head. Not one, – two! Which means of course that the dog only snapped at the child when the child stuck the second thumb tack in. :-(

  • Abroad

    I know a rotty owner who told me a story her vet had told her: A family came to her to have their rotty put down because it had snapped a their child. It hadn’t done any damage, but they didn’t want to risk worse at a later date. When she was stroking it while the shot to put it to sleep was working, she found two thumb tacks stuck in the dog’s head. Not one, – two! Which means of course that the dog only snapped at the child when the child stuck the second thumb tack in. :-(

  • Abroad

    I know a rotty owner who told me a story her vet had told her: A family came to her to have their rotty put down because it had snapped a their child. It hadn’t done any damage, but they didn’t want to risk worse at a later date. When she was stroking it while the shot to put it to sleep was working, she found two thumb tacks stuck in the dog’s head. Not one, – two! Which means of course that the dog only snapped at the child when the child stuck the second thumb tack in. :-(

  • Guest

    Abroad>> For some reason I cant reply to you.

    Rotty’s can be such gentle dogs. That made me really sad. That story just really broke my heart.

    Cash was always around adult sized people and very social. I would throw parties and run him without a leash never, ever a problem. Back when I didn’t have children–so he wasn’t accustomed to smaller individuals. When there were children around I could see the anxiety and feel it from him. I was really vigilant with him and children. People in general. He was a massive ANIMAL capable of damaging a person. You have to be responsible, you have to watch at all times.

    Anyways– now my heart hurts. :.(

  • Guest

    Abroad>> For some reason I cant reply to you.

    Rotty’s can be such gentle dogs. That made me really sad. That story just really broke my heart.

    Cash was always around adult sized people and very social. I would throw parties and run him without a leash never, ever a problem. Back when I didn’t have children–so he wasn’t accustomed to smaller individuals. When there were children around I could see the anxiety and feel it from him. I was really vigilant with him and children. People in general. He was a massive ANIMAL capable of damaging a person. You have to be responsible, you have to watch at all times.

    Anyways– now my heart hurts. :.(

  • Guest

    Abroad>> For some reason I cant reply to you.

    Rotty’s can be such gentle dogs. That made me really sad. That story just really broke my heart.

    Cash was always around adult sized people and very social. I would throw parties and run him without a leash never, ever a problem. Back when I didn’t have children–so he wasn’t accustomed to smaller individuals. When there were children around I could see the anxiety and feel it from him. I was really vigilant with him and children. People in general. He was a massive ANIMAL capable of damaging a person. You have to be responsible, you have to watch at all times.

    Anyways– now my heart hurts. :.(

  • aka jas

    Rotty’s can be such gentle dogs. That made me really sad. That story just really broke my heart.

    Cash was always around adult sized people and very social. I would throw parties and run him without a leash never, ever a problem. Back when I didn’t have children–so he wasn’t accustomed to smaller individuals. When there were children around I could see the anxiety and feel it from him. I was really vigilant with him and children. People in general. He was a massive ANIMAL capable of damaging a person. You have to be responsible, you have to watch at all times.

    Anyways– now my heart hurts. :.(

  • aka jas

    Rotty’s can be such gentle dogs. That made me really sad. That story just really broke my heart.

    Cash was always around adult sized people and very social. I would throw parties and run him without a leash never, ever a problem. Back when I didn’t have children–so he wasn’t accustomed to smaller individuals. When there were children around I could see the anxiety and feel it from him. I was really vigilant with him and children. People in general. He was a massive ANIMAL capable of damaging a person. You have to be responsible, you have to watch at all times.

    Anyways– now my heart hurts. :.(

  • Anonymous

    There are far too many people in this world. I think we should start by beating some of them to death, first. I’d like to volunteer you.

    I think spay and neuter programs are a better solution. For cats, anyway.

  • Anonymous

    My problem resides in the cats that people take no responsability for & let the roam the outside so their “kitties” can feel like Lions in the jungle. My ass the cheap bastards don’t even want to buy cat liter to keep’em inside. Much less are their “cat-loving” asses willing to spay/neuter the damned pests. What happens when they get “lost” or caught by the SPCA? they just go get another one instead of doing the correct thing in the first place. How about I let my 70lb. American Bulldog (pitbull look-a-like) dog & my 24lb. mutt run around in the neighborhood & take massive sh*ts all over your lawn, flowerbeds & knock, spread & tear into your garbage? Not to mention let them pee all over your clean cars, firehydrants, & dig holes in your yard? Oh & let them bark ALL THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT?

    Would you be willing to take that because I want my dogs to feel like the wolves they have in their ancestry? No, you’d be all up for killing the damned things too. Wouldn’t you?

  • Anonymous

    My problem resides in the cats that people take no responsability for & let the roam the outside so their “kitties” can feel like Lions in the jungle. My ass the cheap bastards don’t even want to buy cat liter to keep’em inside. Much less are their “cat-loving” asses willing to spay/neuter the damned pests. What happens when they get “lost” or caught by the SPCA? they just go get another one instead of doing the correct thing in the first place. How about I let my 70lb. American Bulldog (pitbull look-a-like) dog & my 24lb. mutt run around in the neighborhood & take massive sh*ts all over your lawn, flowerbeds & knock, spread & tear into your garbage? Not to mention let them pee all over your clean cars, firehydrants, & dig holes in your yard? Oh & let them bark ALL THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT?

    Would you be willing to take that because I want my dogs to feel like the wolves they have in their ancestry? No, you’d be all up for killing the damned things too. Wouldn’t you?

  • Anonymous

    Nope. Absolutely not. I’m willing to “take that” because I know that none of those animals are properly cared for, and I know they aren’t at fault. I don’t consider a stray shit to be a death penalty case, but I care more about living things than property. I have a 70 lbs. pitbull that I can’t walk around my neighborhood because of the insane amount of stray dogs around here. They do indeed act as you mention. I’d imagine that the owners don’t give two shits about their dogs’ instinctive wolf-like behavior; I’d imagine that they are lazy. Not once have I wanted to kill or injure any of those dogs. Their owners? Sure.

  • Anonymous

    Nope. Absolutely not. I’m willing to “take that” because I know that none of those animals are properly cared for, and I know they aren’t at fault. I don’t consider a stray shit to be a death penalty case, but I care more about living things than property. I have a 70 lbs. pitbull that I can’t walk around my neighborhood because of the insane amount of stray dogs around here. They do indeed act as you mention. I’d imagine that the owners don’t give two shits about their dogs’ instinctive wolf-like behavior; I’d imagine that they are lazy. Not once have I wanted to kill or injure any of those dogs. Their owners? Sure.

  • Vfl

    How about killing a large portion of the humans race? This world is overpopulated with humanity.They keep breeding because morons don’t want to pay to get them fixed. My sister and i have rescued over 30 cats and a few dogs. They are all fixed and a few even went to new homes.

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