Why was the dog chained in the basement? Why would ANY dog be chained in a basement, or anywhere else for that matter. Just telling a kid to stay away from the dog is ignorant. I dont know any kid that always does what they are told. They are children, and do not fully grasp the concept of danger. That entire situation was an accident waiting to happen, regardless of what breed of dog it was.
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.
I remember reading somewhere that no matter what you teach your child about dogs, "when you turn your back, the child will be a child; and the dog will be a dog." That is so true. No child can be trusted 100% with a dog, especially one that had a history of biting.
This is my first time posting on this site, but I have been a member for awhile!I usually just read a lot of the threads and move on, but this one just really made my heart hurt. I feel really bad for the family of this little boy because no matter who we think is at fault there were 2 lives lost!