i adopted a staffy/english bull terrier mix a few years ago. daley was 2 years old and we were told that like inky, he was great with all other animals and brilliant with people.
we had another dog leo, and 5 cats, one of which was a 5 month old kitten at the time.
apart from some mass destruction that him and leo did to my sofa, that i'm convinced leo instigated, daley was a perfect pet. we could take him anywhere and he was lovely with the kids.
2 weeks later, my partner picked up the kitten from the floor and out of nowhere daley flew at him and bit his hand. i saw this happen and was convinced that he was actually after the kitten. we were stunned as this was completely unprovoked.
my daughter was about 3 years old at the time and forever picking the kitten up. i dread to think what would have happened if she had been the one picking her up that day.
we had to make a decision for my daughters safety and the safety of all our cats.
the bite was bad enough to break the skin and if he had have caught the kitten then, well. it would have been the end of her.
we took him back to the centre the next day and made it very clear what had happened.
i was so sad as he was a beautiful dog and so friendly.
the centre acted responsibly and we later heard that daley had gone to an older couple, no kids or other pets, and with a long history of owning bull terriers. a good outcome for him.
i'm so sorry that you have been through this. we take these animals on as we want to improve their lives and give them all the opportunities they deserve, but sometimes through no fault of our own this goes wrong.
you did the right thing. i'm sorry your hand is still sore but thank goodness it was not worse. i don't need to spell it out.
as whitecatlover said, you are amazing for taking on a mix that so many people will pass by. get the right one and they are so wonderful to have.
inky is a product of her past, i just hope her previous owners don't have any more pets and that she gets a good outcome, whatever that may be.