it hasn't yet been said what breed of dog was involved, but ANY dog should be considered dangerous, especially where young children are concerned.
we have had several different breeds of dog over a 35 year period, and toddlers don,t understand that a dog doesn't like to poked or have it's tail or ears pulled, or even just fussed over too much, and the only way that a dog can let you know is to maybe snap out, so we kept our dogs away when we had visitors, but it's the owners that need educating, as too many think their dog won't do anything, but it could so easily turn in the wrong situation.
it's a terrible tragedy, and the sad thing is, there will probably be more cases before something is done. i also believe ALL dogs should be muzzled when outside, whatever the breed, as well as being on a lead.
I've seen pitbull's in the USA wiyh kids and can be great pets if you keep to the rules ...Not with realy young children .. Not teased ,, Not pulled about . Its a dog not a toy . and it locks its jaws . I don't understand why with all the publicity about this breed people with kids under ..say 10 , would want one for a family pet . In one state of USA they are banned . so its down to the person who buys the dog . They have to live with the consquences of thier actions and the death of a child .. But it will happen again because people never learn and soon forget the news , plus thier dear fido ..is different .. These dogs can bring down a lion . i wish people would learn but they never do ..... Diane
Yes good point Claire any dog can turn in a second even 'good' breeds and with 'good' owners.