Oh...I don't think I can read that if something bad happened to a little kid. I'm too sensitive to that stuff. Based on what you have typed though, I don't think any young child/toddler/baby should be left alone with any dog, regardless of breed. Even if they weren't aggressive, they could scratch them, chew on them, sit on them, knock them over, etc..
That's depressing....Since I am a mom of a 3 year old myself, if my fence was made in such a way that my daughter could reach through the fence, I wouldn't let her near that area. I would most definately ask the neighbor what kind of temperment the dog had, and even if they said he has a good one, if I had any doubts I would put up a more secure fencing so that my child could not get anywhere near the dog. And actually, even when we just had a chain link fence, I didn't let my kids play outside unattended. Because they could still get out the yard, or even worse, someone could come in. Even once we put up our privacy fence, I only let them play outside alone if I'm going to be in the living room with the sliding glass door open so I can still keep an eye on them. If there a breach in the fence anywhere, I wouldn't let them play unattended.
Why was the child outside and no supervision? Why did the parents allow her to stick her arm through the fence? I feel awful for the baby, it is no way her fault.. but there are people to blame, not dogs.
At least one good point is that they are not going to have them all PTS.
I think that reporters have a biased outlook on these things. You hear all over the place that "pit bulls are evil, they attack people, etc." just to get the audience going most likely. But what about all the other breeds that attack people? I know some little dogs that can give a nasty bite when they want to, but you dont see that in the paper.
Also to add... I wonder how many times this child has put their arm through the hole, probably provoking the dog (most likey unintentionally) until it couldnt take it anymore.
I do want to add that I don't feel that a 3 year old can be considered an 'idiot' for putting his arm through a fence. Children that age don't know any better. They are totally innocent and his only thought was probably, 'Oh! Puppy!' not, 'I'm going to tease this dog'. The parent is to blame, not the child.
Some peopel are so stupid they think that pits are naturally aggressive, but really you can train them to be a family pet. I had a pitbull before for 2 years and she was the sweetest puppy ever she never growled nipped or did anything in that nature. Even golden retrievers can be trained to be aggressive so i saw its the owners that train them to be mean or nice. Once my 3 year old son fell on my neighbors goldenretreiver on accident and the dog started growling, and my pit she doesnt care what he does to him, my son pulls her tail , sticks his fingers in her ears and she sound asleep through the whole thing. She doesnt care. lol. I LOVE PITBULLS! I dont care what people say.
If the report is true and they stick to the "requirements" 8 foot fence, posted worning signs, then I see nothing wrong with what they are asking for at this point in time. In fact I think anyone who chooses to own a big powerful protective dog should do everything in thier power to protect kids from this kind of accident.
This is a very said and proventable accident. The parents should have know what was going on in the back yard and the dog's owner should have made sure there was no way the dog could contact the fence at all. (As it is my understanding that this breed could go though a fence no problem)
1. I think what needs to happen is more responsible pet ownership. 2. Stop all the "poorly bred" dogs from breeding. (Require spay neuter for all non registered, non show dogs and know protective breeds of dogs) 3. Adult owenership - And make sure the adult knows they are responsible for what their pet does. 4. Much more strick laws on dog fighting. I'm talking years in jail and $$$$$$ in fines for just looking at one. 5. And how about jail time and CS and fines for all the pain some of the protective breeds go through when some DS cuts their ears off!!!! (Not by a vet)
In this case, I wish the little boy well and hope he adjust. Poor Guy.