A dog that size could kill a greyhound almost instantly. There is no time to allow the owner to "regain control". Obviously, the police agree.
Still happily answering to the call-sign Peetza.
The problem, as you so eloquently put it, is choice.
He is no fool who gives what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose.
-Jim Eliott, paraphrasing Philip Henry.