Here’s looking out for your kid. Maureen Faibish was so concerned about her son’s safety, she put little Nicholas in the basement to protect him from the family’s pit bulls, one of which reportedly mauled the child to death. “It [was] Nicky’s time to go,” she said in an interview to the San Francisco Chronicle. “When you’re born you’re destined to go and this was his time.”
Insisting pit bulls are appropriate family pets, Faibish said she placed a shovel against the door (to keep the child in or the dogs out?) because one of the animals was in heat. She told the Chronicle she believes that when Nicholas left the basement, he stumbled upon the dogs mating and that’s when the male dog, Rex, killed her son. He was 12 years old.
Faibish is angry with public officials who have leveled criticism at pit-bull owners. She even yelled at Mayor Gavin Newsom in a telephone conversation. Newsom is pushing for some sort of legislation to deal with the problem of fatal dog attacks. “Just for the record, I yelled at Gavin Newsom,” she said in a published account in The Chronicle. “I told him off. How dare him say anything about my family?”
There is an easy and obvious answer to that question: apparently no one in the family really cared for the safety of the children. How Faibish can say the animals were safe after she had taken precautions to protect the child eludes this blogger. To suggest it was her son’s time is extraordinary, plain stupid, and cruel.
It’s the dog’s fault, she contends. “I think of Rex as someone who molested my child, murdered my child.”
The Chronicle wrote her comments illustrate the “confusion and mixed feelings pit bulls can bring out in their owners.” Confusion? Mixed feelings? Rex is an animal, incapable of thought or reason. Faibish is a human, though seemingly incapable of genuine concern for her son. The death of Nicholas was not a “freak accident” as Faibish contends, but an act of child neglect and endangerment. The San Francisco D.A. ought to hold Faibish criminally libel for this incident because it was not his time.
The Chronicle: Mother shut boy in basement to protect him from pit bull — 12-year-old was killed by family dog; owner sees death as tragic accident but defends the breed as loving pets. Certainly, mommy dearest should have consulted a public relations professional before spouting off to the Chron:
“I put him down there, with a shovel on the door,” said Faibish, who had left the boy alone with the dogs on June 3 to run some errands. “He had a bunch of food. And I told him, ‘Stay down there until I come back.’ Typical Nicky, he wouldn’t listen to me.”
The San Francisco Examiner: Family, friends mourn loss of ‘special’ child — No, actually, it is about a dog attack:
In a statement, the Faibishs urged the public to “keep our family and son in your prayers,” but to view the tragedy as, “about a little boy — not a dog attack.” Nicky’s death by pit bulls, the second involving canines in four years here, has reignited a debate over the danger of certain dogs and prompted the mayor to pull together a task force to determine what sort of regulations should be instated to ensure further attacks do not occur.
Mercury News: Pit bull owners defend breed — Not all dogs maul children to death, though:
“This is simply canine behavior not a breed specific behavior,” said Ron Cole of San Francisco. “All dogs have teeth. All dogs can be potential lethal weapons.”
Pit Bull Community: Pit Bull Owners Say Dogs Misunderstood — Not actually opposed to pit bull ownership, but some discretion is called for. Here’s the pro-pit-bull side:
Lorrie Varanco, pit bull owner: “They’re extremely loyal dogs, and if people understand them and what they’re capable of and how to work with them, they’re probably one of the best pets you can have.”
San Francisco Chronicle: Pit bull’s demeanor depends on who’s holding the leash, Training determines breed’s disposition, animal experts say. Locking a child in a basement probably does not add up to a good trainer:
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Seraphin said the breeding to fight is just one element of the pit bull’s makeup. What is less known, she said, is that they were also bred to differentiate between humans and other animals. In much of the literature on the dogs’ early days, it was noted that a dog handler had to be able to pull his dog out of a fight without getting bitten himself. Getting bitten meant disqualification for the dog, and death, too.