YouTuber sparks backlash for euthanizing 'aggressive' dog after it bit her son

YouTuber sparks backlash for euthanizing 'aggressive' dog after it bit her son

5/6/2021 9:52:00 PM

YouTuber sparks backlash for euthanizing 'aggressive' dog after it bit her son

YouTube star Nikki Phillippi has been met with criticism after putting down family dog Bowser over aggression issues, making the decision after it bit son Logan

33-year-old Nikki Phillippi announced on her YouTube channel and Instagram that she and husband Dan had decided to put down bull terrier Bowser, who they had for nearly ten years, after the dog bit their son Logan.She explained that "Bowser had an aggressive side that reared it's ugly head a few times over the years", and in the YouTube video elaborated that being attacked as a puppy had contributed to this element of his personality.

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The couple told that there had been several incidents in recent years in which he had "seriously injured other dogs", and more recently had bitten one-year-old Logan in the face.Logan has "a little mark" from the bite, but dad Dan confirmed the injury "wasn't that bad."

Nikki also shared that their son had grabbed Bowser by the ear and given him a "cauliflower ear."They had also considered several times in recent years putting down the dog, and that "rehoming was not an option" as Bowser had been with them most of his life and they couldn't pass on the possible danger.

Nikki turned comments off on YouTube, but on Instagram many voiced their concerns beneath a montage of family photos with Bowser.Many argued that they should have found a solution which kept Bowser alive.One wrote: "Not sure what is more upsetting to me… the fact that you killed your dog instead of training him, re-homing him or creating boundaries with your small child likely being all over him… OR The fact that you are dangling a carrot like this to upset people and then using it to MONETIZE your YouTube video."

Another accused: "So you knew about the aggression issues before a child was brought into the home? What were you guys thinking. Clearly not about the dog or child just money, clicks and views." Instagram A third insisted they should have done more to train Bowser knowing that they were welcoming a baby.

They penned: "This is so sad. It's so sad that dogs often pay the consequences for us humans not being responsible enough to create boundaries for them and teach them how to behave around humans as well as teach our humans especially children how to behave around dogs.

"I know this wasn't an easy decision for you to make as a family but if Bowser already had an aggressive side, why didn't you advocate for him and protect him so that he wouldn't make a mistake like this eventually and have to pay the consequences?"

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Others, however, defended Nikki and Dan, saying they understand the decision. Read more: Mirror Celeb »

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