Polo, the 2-year-old pit bull who mauled a 3-day-old baby to death in San Diego, was euthanized yesterday — unjustly. The request to kill Polo came from the dog’s owners, the baby’s parents, according to San Diego’s Humane Society. However, did this young pit bull really deserve to die?
New details released about the pit bull attack is shedding more light into the tragic history of the pit bull and his family. Those details really warrant the question of who is to blame for the death of a newborn baby and a pit bull.
As previously reported, pit bull Polo was resting with the baby and the parents in their bed last Thursday night around 8 p.m. when the baby’s mom coughed, startled the dog, and the pit bull attacked the baby.
According to the pit bull’s owners, they were all together watching television in the family bed when the pit bull’s attack on the baby occurred. Autopsy results released by the medical examiner show that 3-day-old Sebastian Caban died from a bite injury to the head.
If this were the whole story, one would certainly agree that pit bull Polo deserved to be euthanized – but …
According to officials, Polo was adopted from the San Diego Humane Society by the young couple about six months ago. What parents are adopting a pit bull as they are preparing for the arrival of a baby? And what parents allow a new canine family addition to be close to a newborn?
The San Diego Human Society (which is of course devastated about Polo’s fate) did test the dog for his temperament before giving him to the young couple.
“Through the testing, officials said Polo was found to be a family friendly dog, cheerful and full of energy.”
However, since Polo has been continuously identified as an American Staffordshire Terrier or Great Dane in San Diego’s news media, the question is, did the couple know they were adopting a pit bull?
After the pit bull attack on the 3-day-old baby, Sebastian’s parents tried to call 911 two times. After a 28-second 911 call and then a 34-second 911 call, the parents gave up and made the 20-minute drive from their Mira Mesa home to UCSD Thornton Hospital in La Jolla themselves. Baby Sebastian was pronounced dead at the hospital.
San Diego mayoral candidate Ed Harris blames the San Diego Police Department for the lack of 911 response in Sebastian’s death. The general public blames the San Diego Humane Society for adopting out a pit bull, and the parents, of course, are blaming the dog for their 3-day-old baby boy’s death.
Pit bull Polo was euthanized on Wednesday, six days after the tragedy, even though he was supposed to be kept under quarantine for 10 days. Did this 2-year-old dog really deserve to die. And who is to blame for the death of a newborn baby and a pit bull dog?