Stop chasing me! Toddler repeatedly pounds a dog with a plastic bottle before the patient pet finally loses his cool and lunges at the boy
- The dog didn’t react at first, but the toddler kept hitting harder
- The muscular dog snapped, but luckily the owner had grabbed his collar
- Footage of the incident went viral on social media, dividing commentators
An unnerving video shows a toddler narrowly escaping a mauling after repeatedly hitting a dog with a water bottle.
The clip, shot on the streets of Beirut, Lebanon, shows a muscular dog standing on its hind legs in front of its owner.
A curious toddler runs up to the dog and gently hits it on the head from behind with a plastic bottle. The animal did not respond and instead looked up at its owner, waiting patiently for another command.
But the toddler quickly circles back and continues to hit the dog from behind with increasing ferocity.
The pet remains unperturbed at first, but after four or five strokes it suddenly growls and turns to the boy, growling and barking.
The child was spared by the quick-thinking owner who managed to grab the dog’s collar just before it fell out.
The clip, which has garnered millions of views, has caused division among social media users.
Some argued that the child was not acting out of malice and was simply learning about his environment and developing motor skills, calling for the owner to keep the dog on a leash in a public place.
“They are guilty of putting this animal in a situation…the dog is capable of serious harm…not for free running and in public,” one user commented.
‘Wow, it’s unbelievable how people put the responsibility on the child. The child doesn’t look a day older than two… kids that age don’t listen, they just investigate and are very curious… kids can’t judge danger,” added another.
However, many others argued that the child was at fault and hit his parents for allowing him to recklessly beat the dog without intervening.
It’s unclear if his parents were present, though the clip shows a woman in a pink jacket and jeans walking away giggling as the boy runs off to follow her.
“That kid should have been next to his parent, held with one hand and told ‘look don’t touch,'” one comment read.
“Here’s a kid doing something stupid that kids do, and the parents don’t seem to be anywhere. They can easily lose a child to a dog that becomes violent.”
The clip, taken on the streets of Beirut in Lebanon, shows a muscular dog doing a trick with its hind legs when a toddler comes up behind and hits it with a plastic bottle
At first the dog is unresponsive, but after four or five strokes, the dog snaps and barks at the toddler while the owner restrains him by the collar
“How can these kind of little kids run up and cause trouble without their parents or guardian tearing them out of their shoes? Is that this boy’s mother just giggling and running in the background?’ one person asked.
“The dog was fine until the boy hit it. Would you be happy if someone kept hitting you with a water bottle? Try disciplining your kids,” said another.
“And… they’ll blame the dog. That boy is lucky that pup is better behaved than he is,” someone else added.
It was unclear what the breed of the dog in the video is. However, it could be a pit bull or a Staffordshire bull terrier.
The former has a reputation for being able to bite and attack with little provocation, while the latter is known as a “nanny dog” for its gentle temperament, despite being built similarly to pit bulls with an incredibly powerful bite.