A 26 year old Ontario man is in custody after one of the more disturbing articles I've read in awhile.
Apparently, a small chained up Jack Russell Terrier bit a 1-1/2 year old girl. In response to the dog biting the girl, the girl's father came outside with a baseball bat and bludgeoned the chained dog -- that belonged to his neighbor - to death.
There were apparently several witnesses to the killing of the dog including several children.
Apparently a 12 year old boy whose family owned the dog cradled the dead dog in his arms and said "I love you Teddy."
This obviously a horrible story. At this point there doesn't appear to be any information as to why/how an 18 month old girl was in the neighbor's yard with the dog or why the man felt it was appropriate to bludgeon a small dog on a chain or why onlookers didn't try to stop the attack when they saw it happening (although, in fairness, an obviously berzerk man weilding a baseball bat is probably a bit tough to approach).
We just HAVE to do a better job of educating people on how children interact with dogs, about dog behavior, and about appropriate responses to what is probably somewhat typical dog behavior. It can save a kid a trip to the hospital, and a 12 year old boy from having to cuddle his dog that was beaten to death.
The 26 year old man is in custody for animal abuse.
Editor's Note: I didn't do a very good job of explaining that second-to last paragraph -- but I can only think that what if over the past 6 years Ontario had been focused on educating people on how to prevent dog bites (one tip would be to watch your 18 month old when wandering up to a chained up dog) instead of creating hysteria around certain types of dogs this whole thing could easily have been avoided.