The story of Moose, the 6-year-old bull mastiff who , has graced more than just the virtual pages of Patch.
The story burst beyond local media Friday after - when confronted in a public county committee meeting - that Moose had been adopted to a DeKalb County family within days of biting the boy July 3. Johnson had told local media that Moose had been destroyed when, in fact, it was another bull mastiff who was killed.
Patch's article was referenced in a Huffington Post account posted about 3:30 p.m. Friday. Huffington Post and Patch are both owned by Aol, but the Huffington Post article also referenced reporting by the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times (via The Beacon-News' Steve Lord).
By 7:25 p.m. Friday, the Huffington Post article had 93 comments. Here are a collection of some of the interesting viewpoints:
palafox: What a terrible mistake --she's probably really upset. Reading this reminded that moments before I underwent surgery on an injured knee, a nurse gave me a pen and instructed me to write "NO!" in large letters across the uninjured knee. Awful mistakes sometimes happen.
pa30: Sad, but mistakes happen.Hopefully the officer used iv and not a very painful ic method.Sadder still is the plight of thosands of dogs and cats in the Far East that are skinned for cheap fur ( we get some of it). (Click here to see the rest of the comment).
karen lyons kalmenson: all too sadly, this happens quite often, so....no kill shelters, por favor and neuter spay spay spay...is that subtle enough!!!
StopThePlanet: This is a horrible mistake but not really news.
calijohn2: happens to humans, too. people lie and the wrong/innocent person is executed.
hiddenfangs: Yet the police weren't there. Often people say an attack was unprovoked when there was reason, they just didn't want little Johnny to be blamed or they couldn't recognize the signs of an annoyed, angry animal.
aurora59: I agree. In fact that is the thing I find MOST concerning in the story! Another child might have been seriously injured one and two, now a family loves a dangerous dog.