Some dog breeds are more aggressive and unpredictable by their very nature, and strong enough to do serious life-long or life-threatening damage to humans.
Two things need to happen if we are to get real about the dog attack issue. Firstly, rottweilers and all pit bull-type dogs should be added to the list of dogs prohibited from being imported into NZ. That list already includes: American Pit Bull Terrier, Dogo Argentino, Brazilian Fila, and Japanese Tosa.
Secondly, the actions of the dog should be deemed to be the actions of the dog owner in the eyes of the law. In other words, if a dog rips a child’s throat out, then the dog owner should be charged as though it were they who committed the act. That would send a clear message to the owners of dogs that have the potential to cause grievous bodily harm to a human that it is they and they alone who are responsible for the actions of their animal.