My mom called me to tell me that my dog, a 10-year-old, 20-pound miniature schnauzer, got mauled by a neighborhood pit bull. The pit bull's owners forgot to turn on its invisible fence rolleyes: ) and it ran across three yards. It tore up his foot, his hip, and a huge chunk of his scalp. Poor Chester had just gotten back from getting the stitches taken out on an operation to remove the arthritic fluid from his hip, too. We might just put him down, although there's no financial pressure to do so since the owners of the pit bull are under legal obligation to pay Chester's veterinary bills. What really drives me up the wall is that the owners of the pit bull have two or three very young children--the oldest is 4 years old at most. I'm sorry, but given the breed's temperament and the fact that both of them work full time (meaning that the dog hasn't been trained very well), why the hell should they have a dog that will be bigger than their kids until they're at least 10 years old? Litigation is in the cards. We have nothing to gain financially from this, but it's clear that these people are stupid enough to let something like this happen again without some sort of tangible reprisal occurring. At the very least, their liability insurer will require them to have the pit bull put down.