Originally Posted by revolutionrocknroll
Eh, I guess it's individual choice. If I had a child and I cared about it and my dog attacked it for no reason, then I would get rid of the dog. But if the kid was doing something to hurt, frighten, or annoy the dog, I would have seen the warning signs and told the kid to stop, but if I hadn't, and the dog snapped at the kid to tell it to back off, then there's a reason and the problem wouldn't be that the dog is aggressive, it would be that there wasn't proper supervision and you just have to make sure you're paying attention when the kid and dog are together.
I just don't think that it's completely fair to call the owner stupid when you don't know the circumstances.
Edit: Here are statistics that I'VE found: A Dose of Reality
I don't know if you have kids or not, but until you have raised a toddler, you can't really understand what you're saying about "eh, the kid will learn to respect animals". It isn't a matter of learning, of misbehaving children. It's just children! They're uncoordinated. They fall, they grab floppy things, they don't understand their own weight. We would never say, "well, if they play in the street, they'll learn to respect cars". . Cars have to follow laws to avoid running over children. whether children are careless or not. Our society protects children against the foolishness of their youth.
Pit bulls are ridiculously strong animals. A few years back in our state, a 3-year-old put his hand through a hole in his fence, and the pit bull on the other side bit his hand and yanked his arm. off. Completely severed it. Moore Boy Recovers From Pit Bull Attack - Oklahoma City News Story - KOCO Oklahoma City
I don't see how anyone could say that a dog that is capable of pulling a 3-year-old's arm off by biting his hand and jerking it through a fence is something we want to allow in a residential community at all, ever. And I can't believe anyone with any experience with children would seriously say, "well, the kid was teasing him".
Just to tell my own little story, I owned a rottweiler, Bogey, for eight years. My two oldest kids were preschoolers when we bought him, but then I had another baby after we'd got him, so I ended up with a baby and a rottweiler in the house, not ideal but unavoidable. Bogey did great in obedience training, and was a good mellow dog,. Still, I'm really protective of the kids, so I was vigilant. One day my youngest son who was about 4 by then dropped a square slice of cheese and it plopped in front of Bogey. They both reached for it, and Bogey barked a couple of very loud warning barks, took a step forward, and got the cheese.. A chill went up my spine, and we euthanized Bogey a few days later. I bawled, the kids bawled, my husband bawled, but I don't regret it. He was too big, too strong and too grumpy in his old age and my son was too little, too uncoordinated. I would never, ever have responded, "See son? That's why we respect dogs". It was sad, but of course it's what's right. Children come first, no matter what price.