If you don't have the space to let a dog be a dog, don't get one.
If you have a dog and have no alternative but to inhibit it, give it away. If the only opition you have is to cage it, regret it, and don't recommend it to others... it is not a decent option.
If you have an animal caged, you are keeping it prisoner if even for 5 minutes of it's life. If your child sticks it's fingers through the bars of it's cage, you and not the animal, is to blame for the consequences.
I think if we waited on “ideal” pet owners with “ideal” pet environments we’d have a whole lot less deserving pets going to loving owners. And instead dogs and cats would be living in far far less than ideal shelter situations (caged).
I hate it when cats are confined to the indoors and when someone thinks all a little dog are great for small apartments and all they need for exercise/fun is a short walk to pee every day. But, considering the alternatives?
We all can’t meet someone else’s expectation of an “ideal and worthy pet owner” with GRADE A accomodations and pet knowledge and unlimited finances. But, we can all love and respect and be best friends with our pets. But I would certainly rather someone with very very high pet ownership standards own a pet, than someone with no standards at all.
However, the owner in the OP messed up beyond "acceptable ideal” imo. Whether in supervising and teaching a dog-torturing kid or making his dog a real part of the family or his unfamiliarity with a new dog, or whatever the cause was...it cost his son.
Edited by QuiteContrary, 01 April 2013 - 08:36 PM.