Owner of devil dog which savaged 10-year-old Scots girl pleads for pet's life I saw this story in todays edition of the Sunday Mail (I work in a newsagents, I didn't buy the paper) and it made me think about something. Let's get some background out of the way first though. A Japanese Fighting dog has mauled a 10 year old schoolgirl, taking a chunk out of her cheek and scarring her for life. By the sounds of it the owner knew what to do and sounds responsible enough that this is somehow a freak accident but let's disregard that for now. Obviously there is public outrage as there always is when a child is mauled by a dog and they are calling for the dog to be put down. The owner doesn't want this to happen obviously and her calls for her dog to live made me consider something. Here in Britain there is no Death Penalty for humans. We do not believe in killing those who kill others as a suitable punishment and have chosen to rehabilitate criminals instead. If a human had caused this attack there would be no question of them dying or not as they would get an assault/attempted murder sentence and be jailed for a long time. A dog is, by our definitions of an animal, less responsible for its actions than a human. Why should a dog be killed for an attempted murder where a human would still live? Surely the more responsible you are for your actions, the bigger the crime? Edit: I read through some of the comments and am surprised about how adamant many of the commenters are that the dog should be killed. I'd have serious doubts over killing any living creature myself. I'm not a vegetarian or anything as I accept it as part of the food chain but I dislike the idea of having to kill anyone or anything unless absoultely necessary.