Agreed. If it was proven to be a danger to the children... Of course. It needs to go. But even then, I don't see why you would have it killed. Just seems very extreme to me. With the dog in question, it wasn't a proven danger.. it that point it was a perceived danger. And if the owner had kids, then, well, call me crazy, but logic tells me re-homing the dog into a house without kids would be an option. I love my kids, but I love my dog enough that, if I couldn't care for her anymore, I would do everything I could to find someone able to care for her before even considering putting her down.
Molly, of course I believed he was a danger. I had kept a rottweiler in my house for 8 years. We had taken him through multiple obedience courses. I had 3 children who adored their family dog. I had invested so much money in that dog because we loved him. What sane person would just up and euthanize a family pet for fun?
I swore I wouldn't explain this again, but my son dropped some food, they both went for it. Bogey's expected behavior was to back off. Humans are alpha, and we get the food. He didn't. He barked an ear-ringing warning bark and took a step towards a 4-year-old then took the food. Food aggressive dogs and 4-year-olds don't mix, and I didn't trust him any more.
This really isn't something you should be taking a stand on.
I would really feel better if you were on the side of prevention of harm to children instead of not euthanizing a dog at all costs. But it is that same attitude that is making a lot of the voters out there just decide you're all way off base in your priorities and we're going to support legislation that protects our livestock and kids from your mistakes.
This is a crappy picture, but geez, everyone is worrying about my Bogey so much I thought I'd reassure you he was loved.