SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) -- The mother of a 12-year-old boy killed in his own home by one of the family's two pit bulls says she had been so concerned about one of the dogs that she shut her son in the basement to protect him.
Maureen Faibish said she ordered Nicholas to stay in the basement while she did errands on June 3, the day he was attacked by one or both of the dogs.
She said she was worried about the male dog, Rex, who was acting possessive because the female, Ella, was in heat.
"I put him down there, with a shovel on the door," Faibish said in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle. "And I told him: 'Stay down there until I come back.' Typical Nicky, he wouldn't listen to me."
Nicholas apparently found a way to open the basement door.
Despite her concerns about Rex that day, Faibish told the newspaper: "My kids got along great with (the dogs). We were never seeing any kind of violent tendencies."
Faibish found her son's body in a bedroom. He was covered in blood from several wounds, including a major head injury.
No charges have been filed.
"It's Nicky's time to go," she said in the interview. "When you're born you're destined to go and this was his time."
Ella was shot to death by a police officer the day of the attack.
Rex was taken to a shelter, but Faibish said she wanted him put down.
WHAT? WHAT? Let's get this straight. You are afraid that your PIT BULL is going to attack your SON, so your solution is to LOCK THE BOY IN THE BASEMENT?
You've never heard of, oh, I don't know, giving your dog to a shelter, chaining it up tightly out in the yard, or at the very LEAST locking it in the basement? How can you continue to have a dog that you believe is going to attack your 12 year old son if you're THAT scared of it? How can you not take the boy with you on your errands or hire a babysitter or SOMETHING?
And then, after your VICIOUS KILLER DOG kills your son you say it was his time to go? Does that mean that if I stick a shotgun in your mouth and pull the trigger it was YOUR time to go? This was not a natural death. This was not a freak accident. This was not the boy's fault. This was a parent choosing animals over her children.
Pit Bulls are not good pets unless they are extraordinarily well trained. Want a big dog? Get a golden retriever. They rarely MAUL YOUR SON TO DEATH. They're more likely to crap on the carpet.
No charges were filed? Why not? If I were the prosecutor I'd want this woman in jail as an example to others. Clearly she wasn't that worried about losing her son if she treated his life with so little interest or care, so she hasn't been punished by losing him. Taking away her dogs? Yeah that might hurt her, but she should be doing hard time.
I don't like pit bulls. I REALLY don't like the combination of pit bulls and children. What I hate MOST of all, though, are people who choose their animals over their children. I've seen it before and it makes me sick. If you care more about dogs than children then don't have children. It's really not that hard not to have kids. People do it every day.