Our dog bit my brother: should he be killed/rehomed?
The title may sound a little misleading, because I personally think the dog had a very good reason to bite. Not that it's ever good if a dog bites, but it's an animal after all.
So my Mom and Dad were watching a show, with the dog laying somewhere at the side of the couch by my Mom's foot. My Mom went to bed, and the dog doesn't like that. She seems to be her favourite, but we can't really explain why, since my Mom doesn't like dogs very well at all. Maybe it's because she walks with it most of the time because we don't have the time. But anyway, at that moment, my brother came downstairs. The dog started to make a little crying sound because my Mom left, and I think it was a sign that he wanted to be alone. The problem is, my brother doesn't really have any relationship with our dog. He is not a fan of dogs; the only thing he does is command them to do something. He never goes for a walk, give them food, play with them outside, etc. I think our dog never really trusted him, because my brother is just a commander, and not someone who he associates with fun. So yesterday, when the dog was crying because my Mom left, my brother gave him a hug, face-to-face. This is a move that should never be made to dogs, especially not when he's crying, or licking his nose. So, like I didn't see it coming, our dog bit my brother in his cheek. Luckily it wasn't anything special, just a few scratches and a bruise, so that's a relief.
The problem is, my Mom has never really been keen on dogs, and has always said if something happens to us because a dog, it should get killed or rehomed. So yesterday she was deeply considering one of these actions. I personally think it was entirely my brother's fault, not the dog's. He was making cry noices, and started to take a few steps back when my brother pet him. Getting to close to its face is too much for him at that point. If my brother doesn't stop, I can really understand why the dog decided to give him a warning. It was not that ''kill-bite'', it was really just to warn to say ''enough now!'' Afterwards, the dog really felt guilty; he started to bring toys to my brother. My Mom is still processing the whole thing, and she wanted the dog to at least get out of the house. She wanted us to decide whether what to do or not. I personally thought killing it is the best, because it is already a shelter a dog, and placing him in a shelter for the second time...I don't have the heart for that. I really can't do that, it's Mission Impossible for me.
My Mom might give the dog a second chance, so I really hope she will. But both my dad and I think it was really my brother's fault, and that the dog didn't do anything he has no right to, or that another would not have done. I am sure that it would not've bit me, my Mom or Dad. What do you guys think? Should a dog really be killed or rehomed after biting someone?