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I can't answer the question because, as previously stated, we don't know all the circumstances. Was the dog trained for violence? Did the owner make reasonable attempts to constrain the dog? Had the owners of the home ever provoked the dog? Has this dog ever been reported for inappropriate behavior?
There are just too many questions about this case to be certain as to the proper penalty. However, I would say, that in general you are responsible for your pets. ALL ANIMALS HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BE VIOLENT! They are, after all, animals. They have instincts and those instincts can and do over power even the best training. Dogs are very good at escaping confinement and it is unfortunate that someone lost their life, but as a dog owner your responsibility is to keep your dog confined so as to prevent a situation where instincts take over and the unthinkable happens. Most likely this owner should face a charge equal to or similar to involuntary man slaughter.
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I hate dogs... truly hate them....
I hate them when I see them walking/running loose when I am on my bike... I hate them when people are walking them unleashed around the park (illegal where I live) and getting in the way where I and others are running... I hate the dogs on the floor below mine that bark during the night... I truly hate and loathe the creatures...
If your dog does something to harm another person, you have responsibility for that harm done... end of story...
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I have kids, and I have always had dogs - nice, friendly, family dogs. But, dogs of any kind can and will hurt people given the right set of circumstances. It may vary dog-to-dog, but if they are cornered, if their "pack" is threatened, or, if like many people over the years they just "snap", they can do some serious damage. When I was a kid, a great dane in our neighborhood put an adult former football player in the hospital. We all used to pet that dog all the time.
Personal responsibility is rapidly becoming an antiquated idea in our country. Should dog owners be held responsible for their dogs? Of course! The government doesn't force you to own a dog. Should it be criminal? - good question. It depends on degrees of intent, negligence, etc. But, given a certain degree of intent and negligence, jailtime should be on the table.
At the same time, accidents happen. Not to sound too heartless, but what if a raccoon had "broken" into the house and mauled the child to death? The existence of dogs lowers the chance of other types of tragedies from happening. Of course, so does shutting the door to your house before you go to sleep. Should a parent be held negligent for not reasonably protecting their child against animals? Details matter on both sides. What happens if a farmer's cow walks into the road in front of oncoming traffic? Was there a fence? Was the driver drunk? All punishment (civil and criminal) should be on the table, but reason has to be applied to the facts as they can be determined.
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"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
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