Absolutely, how the mom dealt or rather didn’t deal with the situation was unacceptable. No questions or arguments about that. Kids deserve safe home and if a pet makes home unsafe the pet needs to go.A normal dog acting in self defense does not tend to latch onto a child's eye, cheek, and chin for 27 stitches worth of injury. Normal dogs bite briefly and then run away. Her child has permanent facial scarring and cannot make tears for one of their eyes because of this attack, there is no reason to risk anything more to the child even by putting new rules in place etc etc, enough has been lost and human children are more important than dogs. There was nothing acceptable about her reaction.
I just think that clearing out my general position before going into the case in hand helps to avoid mistakes. People do look how they and others solved similar situations to figure out what they should do. That is even for how laws are designed to work. Lawyers argue largely based on how judges ruled previously in similar cases so that law is applied as fairly and evenly as possible. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t treat each case individually, just that general standards are useful tool keep ourselves from over or under reacting.
In this instance the severity of the bite and especially the fact this isn’t the first bite, means that dog is without doubt highly dangerous and needs be removed from kids. While it’s technically possible that someone could take the dog, treat it as the dangerous animal it is and set the dog up so can never have opportunity to bite again, it’s highly unlikely that type of person can be found. Also with the history and how powerful animal this dog is, the risk of something going wrong is huge. As sad it might be, I think only responsible choice is to put the dog down.
I think the mom on some level realized this and that’s why was unwilling to let go of the dog. Wrong choice obliviously but I can sympathize how heart breaking putting your animal down is. Still that possibility is something you sign up for when you take any pet, especially a pet with potential for killing humans. Feeling horrible isn’t an excuse for endangering your child.