Chesterfield County, VA – The fight to save a dog named Polar has ended. The dog, a deaf American Bull dog, was euthanized after her involvement in the death of a six month old baby last month.
Details of the baby’s death were not clear.
What is known is this – the baby was left alone, and during that time, Polar bit him.
Initially, news reports stated that the baby was in another room, playing alone. This statement seems a bit strange, as six month old babies aren’t typically doing much in the way of “play” – more like sitting alone in another room, maybe rolling around a bit or passing the time in a bouncy seat.
Subsequent reports stated that the baby was “accidentally” left in another room.
How does one “accidentally” leave a baby alone?
Regardless, the baby was left alone with the dog and somehow, a bite of some sort happened and the baby died.
A medical examiner stated that the baby died from swelling of the brain – caused from the dog bite.
Neighbors seemed shocked by the tragedy – stating that Polar had never exhibited any signs of aggression before.
An entire community of Facebook followers were rallying for the dog – hoping that authorities would look into the responsibility of the parents instead of laying full blame on Polar – hoping that Polar’s overall demeanor and temperament would be taken into consideration, rather than one life-changing incident.
But the cries for justice weren’t heard – Polar was euthanized last Wednesday.
Even though the death was ruled accidental – even though there was an expert who noted that the bite was likely the result of the deaf dog being startled and that it likely would not happen again.
None of this mattered – it would seem that the authorities wanted someone to pay for the death of the baby – that someone was Polar – a dog rescued from an abusive past, only to die by the needle after a tragic incident.
A true tragedy with too many innocent victims.
Rest in Peace Polar and baby Salvador Miguel Cotto.
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