POLITICS
03/01/2012 08:30 EST | Updated 05/01/2012 05:12 EDT

Southern Alberta family makes decision to euthanize dog that killed newborn

AIRDRIE, Alta. - Despite offers of adoption from animal lovers from across Canada, a southern Alberta family has made the decision to euthanize a pet husky that killed their newborn baby.

"Having had time to reflect, search for answers and determine the best course of action for our family, we have made the decision to euthanize our family pet," the Fradettes said in a news release.

"This was done under the supervision of a qualified veterinarian earlier today."

The family expressed gratitude for the support they have received, but asked for privacy "so that we can continue to grieve, heal and come to terms with our loss."

The two-day-old baby boy was bitten Feb. 15 in the couple's home in the bedroom community north of Calgary. He died later that night in hospital.

A family friend has said the baby was crying in his crib, and the dog was likely trying to comfort him when it bit him once in the head. The female dog had previously given birth to several litters of puppies.

The RCMP have said there was no negligence by the parents and there will be no criminal charges.

At least a dozen people made requests through the city of Airdrie to take the dog and many more sent messages to the baby's parents.

Ron Pawlowski of Bradford, Ont., a business professor, said he would be happy to have the dog moved to his farm.

"I know that the whole country shares in this poor family’s grief," he had said.

Carol Taplin, a real estate agent from Stouffville, Ont., said she was willing to pay to have the dog put on a plane and sent to her home. She had a husky that died last year.

Rob and Rhonda Fradette said in a statement last week the animal had not been aggressive before and went through training and obedience classes.

"We will never know what our family pet was thinking nor will we ever know why she did what she did,'' they said.

The Fradettes are active in the dog sledding community and run a home-based company called Urban Mushers that sells dog-sledding supplies. According to the company website, they had four Siberian huskies and love them like family.

The couple also has a 2 1/2-year-old son.