In a culmination of a story that gripped Australia, the owner of a Pit Bull that killed a 4-year-old girl last year was fined $11,000. There was no conviction recorded.
The judge has called the event a ‘relatively minor breach of the law‘ that caused ‘enormous consequences’.
Indeed, to me the horror of the crime and lightness of the punishment comes as no surprise. No surprise because for as long as judges see allowing a large dog roam free as a ‘minor breach of the law’ and impose pitifully light punishment, such terrible events will continue.
I have no doubt that the judge would have taken a different view if a firearm or another lethal implement was left unsecure. It is incomprehensible that in this day of dog safety awareness, people of authority still fail to enforce the responsible ownership message.
Such lax attitude to dog safety tarnishes the reputations of good owners who train and secure their large dogs. It is not the breed that is responsible for this attack but the irresponsibility of humans in charge.