Maybe the woman in the story raised this dog or works with dogs but her actions reveal nothing but ignorance and stupidity, You do not break up a dog fight by beating an animal, guilty of 'starting' the fight or not! Dogs will fight at times as it is instinctive and natural behavior. You do not get into the middle of it--I know as I made that dumb mistake once myself a few years ago and I too got bitten. But I merely allowed my dog to be quarantined in my fenced yard, provided record of his vaccinations and totally refused to have him declared a vicious dog because he was not!! It seems to me this woman is trying to gain profit and sympathy for her own stupidity and cruelty and that is nothing but big time wrong!!! I say charge her with animal cruelty and let the dog go free!!
Here is the link to the story and the petition. Do what your conscience dictates!