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I think that people make mistakes, and if the unintended consequence of a mistake is tragic like this, I would usually feel more sympathy than anger for the person who made the mistake. However, in this case it has happened twice and it sounds like the guy left his dog to run unprotected outside on a regular basis, so it's hard to muster up sympathy for him. He doesn't sound responsible enough himself to be responsible for the life of a dog. I don't think it's necessary to a dog owner to be like many of us on this forum, with our elaborate feeding routines, strollers, carseats and general inclination to treat our Havs as children. There is a minimum level of care required, though, and that would include providing good food, protection and a safe environment, safe exercise, necessary grooming, regular veterinary care, and time (including time spent training). I would hope that anyone who could not provide that would not become a dog owner.
And Derek, there are unfortunately many people who DO let their children run around like this.