The internet is supporting the new mom, who the couple is avoiding due to an “aggressive” breed of dog

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A new mum has been supported online for cautioning a couple who walked an “aggressive-looking breed of dog”.

The woman faced criticism from the dog’s owners after shielding a stroller carrying her four-month-old son as they passed her with the dog, but many on social media thought she was rightly wary.

While deadly canine attacks are rare, statistics suggest it pays to be on the lookout. According to a 2018 report by public education website DogsBite.org, over 35 different dog breeds contributed to 433 deaths in the United States over a 13-year period.

The data shows that pit bulls contributed to 66 percent of those deaths, while rottweilers accounted for the second-highest proportion at 10 percent.

Numbers aside, the news is littered with stories of children killed in dog attacks. In March, a 7-month-old girl was beaten to death by a dog in a Georgia backyard, while in February a 4-year-old boy died in Texas after being attacked by a dog.

Elsewhere, a 6-year-old girl was lucky enough to escape with her life after being attacked by a wolf-like dog in Las Vegas. With so many incidents reported in the press, it’s hardly surprising to hear that parents don’t take chances around dogs.

However, for one woman who told Mumsnet her story, this cautious approach landed her in hot water with the pet’s owners. According to her version of events, she was walking down a “rather narrow path” with her baby in a stroller when she saw a couple with an “aggressive-looking breed of dog” walking towards her.

“I decided I didn’t want to take the risk, so I politely stopped without saying anything to them and stood in front of my son’s buggy and waited for them to come over,” she wrote.

Though the woman was happy to let her pass without comment, one of the dog walkers began “yelling” at her, “My dog ​​won’t eat your baby,” and accused her of being “overprotective.”

The new mom explained that she couldn’t know if the dog was fine or not, but the pet’s owner was still unhappy and accused the woman of “scaring” the dog by stopping there.

However, the new mum wasn’t about to back down, telling the woman that it was “ridiculous” for her to “expect strangers to trust their claims about their big dog”. The woman was confused as to why they were so “offended,” and readers agreed.

Banana Butter wrote, “When people choose aggressive breeds, they have to live with the consequences, and one of them is that no one wants to approach them, no matter how ‘friendly’ and ‘loveable’ they are.”

BobbinHood added, “You can’t win with these dog owners... There will always be someone who complains about people letting their kids come to their dog, but when you take steps to avoid dogs, you get scolded for that too.” “

LemonGreenTea commented, “If you’re a legitimate dog owner and think that people should love being around your dog, just stop there… If your dog makes you happy, that’s great, but it makes us.” not trying to avoid your dog for whatever happy.”

A small minority thought the new mother’s reaction was a bit over the top.

Thesearmsofmine wrote: “Unless the dog is acting unhappily/aggressively instead of just trudging along, I feel like you were a bit OTT when you stopped and stood in front of the stroller [stroller].”

However, commenters on the post mostly agreed that she was allowed to react however she wanted.

WhereverIlayMyCat said: “You did what made you comfortable and it really is none of their business. Any dog ​​owner will sing the praises of their dog, but just because they love them doesn’t mean you have to.”

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Stock images of a man with a dog and a woman with a baby – a new mum drew criticism from bystanders after trying to deliberately avoid them over the “aggressive” breed of dog they had as a pet.
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