It may be a problem. The yard looked securely fenced. How did a four year old kid get beyond the fences into the dog's yard?
If your kid or a child your dogs know is suddenly attacked. If you are there walking the dog down the street, and it suddenly attacks a small child -- these things have to be considered serious black marks on a dog. But if someone comes onto your securely fenced property and is attacked by your dogs, I don't know.
What we are asking dogs to do is to be discriminating. To see a four year old as no threat, no intruder. And a lot of our dogs would never her a small child like that. Maybe we know this because they are raised around children, or because they have demonstrated good judgement around children.
Some people do not have children and they keep their dogs away from children, because they have no friends with children willing to help socialize their dogs to. Some people may make a conscious decision to just not have their dogs around kids. And if they make their yard secure and keep their dogs secure it shouldn't be a problem.
How did the kid get to the dogs, or the dogs get to the kid? If the gates are such that a four year old can open them, then the dog owners are at fault. If they are not, then, how did it happen? Could someone have picked the child up and put it over the fence? That sounds like a horrific thing, but some people do do horrific things to children.
Amazing that the kid didn't have more injuries really. If the dogs were all out attacking the child, I would expect the child to be in the hospital requiring plastic surgery or something. GSDs have the same or more bite strength than pits. It looks like a LOT of scratches. But we are only seeing some of the wounds there. The kid seemed to have nothing on the face, throat, etc. It looks like the kind of damage my girls could do with their nails more than their teeth.
How did the kid and the dogs connect? Until I understand that, I just don't want to say hang the dogs.
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