Wednesday, March 9, 2016




The inconsolable father of six-month-old baby, Maleek, who was mauled to death by the family’s pet dog on Tuesday, has given permission to his close friends to euthanize the animal.
“I have to get rid of that dog. I can’t bear to see it alive. I can’t even live and see that dog because everyday it will hurt me for how he killed my son,” Khan said.
Khan, 30, said hours after the tragedy on Tuesday, many well-wishers, family and friends wanted to kill the dog immediately but he said he was still determined to get rid of the dog, named Simba, in a humane manner.

Simba, who was a ROTTWEILER-MIXED BREED, was scheduled to be put to sleep by a veterinarian late yesterday. Khan said, however, he took good care of Simba for over a year and grew very fond of him.
Recalling what he was told happened on Tuesday, Khan said this wife, Keisha, who is pregnant, was cleaning the yard and had baby Maleek, who was eating an ice cream at the time, in the pram, near to where Simba was chained, when tragedy struck.
“The dog stretched and stretched until one of his paws hooked onto the pram and tilted it over. When the child fell with the pram the dog grabbed at the pram and the child and that was it,” Khan said as he broke down in tears again.
“It is a loss. We coming along you know but it is a terrible loss. I can’t believe what happened. There are no words to express what I am going through at this point,” Khan said.
However,  Khan still expressed surprise at the attack, saying the dog was accustomed seeing the baby around and had never showed any signs of wanting to attack Maleek. The baby was initially scheduled to be buried under Muslim rights yesterday. 
However, due to the absence of the pathologist at the Forensic Science Centre, St James, yesterday, the autopsy was re-scheduled for today. Once the autopsy is done today the funeral is expected to be held immediately after.


Anonymous said...

Animals don't react well being caged and chained; comparative to us being locked in or constrained. I was attacked by my own dog at age 15,instead of my neck he got my face. I had stitches, hardly noticeable 30 yrs later,but I asked then for him to be spared. He died at age 15,but we were always wary of him.
My dobie and shepherd babysat my children from toddler stage. The dogs were always included as part of the family, especially as the children came 5 yrs later than they. One must know and understand the temperament of the pet. Teenagers now, but I won't get a rott or pitt.
Ever noticed how a dog goes wild after being let out or unchained? Ours are always free, but unfortunately that can't work for everyone.

Decatur AL livin nt to 4 pits said...

I appreciate the fact that you would not get a rott or a pit and I feel that you really like dogs around even though you were attacked as a teenager. However, I don't feel comfortable with you saying that dogs babysat your toddlers. It is a little too close to Pit owners saying that pit bulls were once used as "Nanny Dogs". I'm going to assume that you did not leave your children for long periods of time with only the dogs caring for them (babysitting them). I don't think you mean that literally. I have had a variety of dogs from very small lap dog to large german shepherd to 2 basset hounds. All were very different personalities...temperaments...All were bred by breeders over many, many years to be what they are...Genetics is the word! My basset hound's dna assures me that he would never leap in the air and knock me down and grip down on my neck til I'm dead as a door knob. He would though if he didn't want me to cut his thick nails bite me quickly on the hand and release without even breaking the skin. You evidently have many acres or a large fenced yard to allow your dogs freedom. The problem I have with the XXL grippers (pits and rots and mastiffs etc) like the ones that my neighbors have is that there is no way you could not chain them. They can escape anything and would kill me and my basset hound if not for the chain. If the chain breaks and they make it over or through the fence and we can't make it inside, we are dead. It's in their dna and the pit breeder neighbors choose them because of their dna.