The media has gone very quiet on the fate of poor 5 year old Thomas but I gather the poor lad may be paralysed for life on one side. The carotid artery was severed in the attack; a blood clot developped as a result and Thomas suffered a thrombosis followed by an embolism.
Of course we are asking ourselves why the Belgian Government is not addressing the problem of dangerous dogs? There are always more pressing issues in politics. I remain convinced that the problem lies with irresponsable owners who are incapable of handling dogs. Dogs are not born aggressive and it is not in their instinct to attack. They are conditioned by their environment and by the people who interact with them. Most dog owners do not know what to do when they first get a dog. I am repeating myself but a dog is not a cuddly toy, not a baby human, not a fashion accessory. A dog is a pack animal who reacts to certain rules which humans ignore or fail to implement. It is therefore very important to follow training classes with experienced trainers who will guide an owner through a process which is informative but also fun. A dog is a very responsive creature and wants to please its owner. So yes for me it is quite clear: a dangerous dog has an irresponsible owner.