From the news reports, it seems as if the dog had been reported by neighbours for howling and barking and being chained up outside for hours. The police and dog people apparently said they could do nothing until the dog harmed someone. They are looking for the lodger, who was the dog's owner. If you traumatise and neglect any living thing, the consequences are fairly predictable. The bigger the animal, the more dramatic the fallout. There have also been reports of a young child in the house.
oh no. that must have been very traumatic for teh child. not saying it isn't for teh adults but adults will be able to rationalise their fear and know that teh risk of this happening with anotehr dog is very small. a child may be left petrified for life. so sad all round.
This story is all kinds of strange actually, seems a very odd situation where a 52 year old female lawyer (who you'd expect to be fairly wealthy and have a home of her own, and probably a husband/family too) would be living as a lodger in the home of an unrelated man, who was also using the premises for growing cannabis, along with another woman and a small child, and with an extremely rare breed of dog chained up in the back yard...
It's a terrible tragedy that the woman died and a healthy dog was shot and a child had to witness all this, but it seems like there were some really strange circumstances leading up to it.