i really feel sorry for buddy, poor guy. my parent's neighbor had their three great danes attacked by a pit bull. well at least they think it was a pitbull-they came home to find one dog completely ok but hiding under the bed, and two very badly mauled in the backyard. however in this case...someone had to have let the dog in the yard...there is no other explanation. their yard is completely fenced and the fence is 6ft. the gate wasn't open when they came home. the two dogs that were hurt spent over 8 hours total in surgery.
now that said, i feel badly also for the pitbulls. they don't know any better, they are dogs. every animal has survival instincts and unfortunately some are trained and raised to defend any action believed to be threatening. however, i still blame the owner...we had a rotty who was just plain bad. we loved him very much, he was downright spoiled rotten, sleeping with me at night and loved immensely. he had warning signs of being bad, guess what? as much as we loved him, as responsible pet owners, we put him down. it hurt, alot. i cried alot, but it was still the right thing to do.
my belief is that as domesticated animals, the owner's are responsible for their animals actions. if they are bad, owner's are responsible for putting their dog down. we did it, it sucked, but it was the right thing. the problem is not "necessarily" the dog, but the owner who doesn't want to or just plain doesn't see the warning signs.
that said, here's a pic of my sweetie, bernard...i just wanted to put a pic of him up cuz i think he's cute...