After a two-year-old boy from Lockport, New York was allegedly sodomized by a family pet, a pit bull named “Bear,” people across the nation responded with sympathy and support for the child and the dog, who is currently in the custody of the Niagara Country SPCA.
Conversations on Internet message boards showed disbelief that the dog acted alone; and citizens were concerned that it would be euthanized for the act. However, Niagara County SPCA executive director Al Chille said he will not let that happen.
He had a lot to say about the case. iMediaEthics therefore decided to publish the full text of our interview below:
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iME: I’m calling about the case of the two-year-old boy.
Al Chille: May I ask you how you found out? The reason I ask is the fact that this was on local TV and I yesterday had a call from a Gulfport, Louisiana talkshow, wanted to interview me on the talk show. It was on TV last night and I had probably 30 emails immediately afterward most of which wanted—most of whom wanted to adopt it. None of whom blamed the dog and felt sorry for the boy but blamed the parents and the household and the environment and all the other causes. And one call was from Wisconsin, one call was from Alabama I think and—
iME: Oh my God.
Chille: Yeah and it just amazed me how the word is out all over the—seems like all over the country.