"Mauls"...Really? The headline does not correspond with the contents of the article: there was an attack, the women and the other dogs were bitten, not exactly "mauled".
Was this a purebred Pitbull, or a crossbreed? Pitbulls are given a bad name by articles like this, what about all the other dog attacks by Rottweilers, Boerboels, etc.?
Why do all the related articles not mention the breed of dog, but when the dog happens to be a Pitbull or a Pitbull-cross, it is mentioned at any possible opportunity in the article.
Yes, the owner should be held accountable for what his dog did. It is totally unacceptable to take your aggressive and obviously untrained dog out in public in the first place if you can't control it, why not put a muzzle on him/her as a precaution?
Most dog owners underestimate the importance of puppy socialization and continuous dog training, if more dog owners were responsible, these kind of attacks would not occur.
It is unfair to blame the Pitbull, blame the owner who made him the way he is! ANY DOG IS DANGEROUS IN THE WRONG HANDS.
Oh, by the way, were the 2 dogs that were bitten on leashes, or were they loose? I am glad the 2 women are OK and "will not lose their arms" due to this attack, since the woman in the photo only appeared to have injuries to her hands...