Our expert says:
Dog Behaviour Expert
Hi Janine, what a horrible thing to happen! I am not sure what the legal resources are, you would have to check with a lawyer. On this side why dont you check out the legal cyber help on this site, it would be a good starting point.
You are totally correct that a situation such as this needs to be dealt with - a professional is required to come in and help the family sort out this situation, and as soon as possible. You can refer them to www.animal-behaviour.org.za for a qualified behaviourist in their area.
Where you are concerned, if you visit the family again, make 100% sure that the dogs are locked up with no way of gaining access to the child. If they do not agree to this (and I would inspect the area locked up myself), then just dont go there - much safer!
Also, I would never leave a child with a dog unsupervised, especially a child this young with a dog that could present a problem. When you are visiting, keep her with you. Thanks Scotty
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