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Shaquille O’Neal Responds With Act Of Kindness To 5-Year-Old Girl Attacked By Pit Bulls

By Dr. Sinclair N. Grey III

Can we be honest for a moment and say when kids are attacked by dogs, it’s heartbreaking? Just thinking about what transpires through the mind of a child when they are being attacked by a dog should send chills up the spine of everyone.

Anyone who owns a dog should understand the legalities of owning a dog. Just because a dog seems friendly to their owner(s), it doesn’t mean they will be friendly to strangers. How many times have you heard the phrase ‘my dog is not vicious and wouldn’t attack anyone’ only to find out later that something went wrong and the dog displayed an aggressive behavior? Too many times people like to make excuses for their pet when in many cases, they are oblivious to reality.

When many people see a pit bull, they immediately think of a dog who is vicious. Is that always the case? No, it’s not. Sometimes the owner is at fault for mistreating the dog so that a vicious nature arises. However, it’s important to know that pit bulls are in many cases unpredictable in their temperament. Cases have shown that pit bulls have attacked their owners for no reason at all.

On January 17th in Atlanta, two school-aged children were walking to school when they were viciously attacked by two pit bulls. The attack was so vicious that one child died and the other faced severe injuries.

Syrai Sanders, 5-years-old was fortunate to survive. The story made national headlines and the amount of love and support for her recovery has simply been wonderful.

Former NBA player Shaquille O’Neal was touched by the story and did something about it. According to a story published in theGrio, O’Neal bought new furniture for the family. “The family tells WAGA that the former NBA star and current TNT analyst has been involved with the family since the attack.”

FYI – the owner of the pit bulls has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct.


Dr. Sinclair Grey III is a speaker, author, and success coach. Contact him on or Twitter @drsinclairgrey

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