A coroner's jury in Saint John, investigating the death of four-year-old James Waddell who was mauled to death by three Rottweilers, has recommended the province establish an education program for dog owners.

The jurors are also recommending a limit on the number of dogs in a household, as well as stricter animal control laws in rural areas.

With the inquest now over, the family says it hopes at the very least, people will be more aware of the dangers large dogs present so that future tragedies can be prevented.

The little boy was torn apart by the dogs and died from loss of blood.

It was a difficult and emotional week for the family. His grandmother, Louise Gillette, said it was difficult to relive the trauma. "It hurts when it comes back up."

James was just days away from his fifth birthday when he was attacked by the Rottweilers.

The young boy lived with his father. On the day of the attack, he was left alone for about 15 minutes.

He wandered into his backyard where the dogs were out of their pen and roaming around. The dogs dragged him behind the house and tore him apart.

The attack was so vicious and so bloody paramedics and healthcare workers were horrified.

The dogs belonged to Michael Clark a friend who was staying at the Waddell home.

James's father, Ron Waddell, has been at the inquest and he has no doubt who's to blame. "Mike Clark's fault, he let the dogs out."

The death is tragic, but not isolated.

In Edmonton, a toddler almost died this summer after being attacked by an Akita dog.

A seven-year-old Quebec boy was severely injured last spring when he was mauled by his family's Rottweiler.

The attacks have some people calling for bans against Rottweilers, and certain other large dogs. At the very least, critics say, people must be educated to the dangers posed by large dogs.

"I really, sincerely, don't believe that children and large dogs should mix, I really don't." said Roxanne Oger of the Saint John Animal Rescue League.

Steve Noonan, a veterinarian who treats nearly a dozen Rottweilers, says the dog is not the problem, it's the owner. "People have to be responsible pet owners. They have to know where their pets are at all times, and particularly with large breed dogs you have a responsibility to yourself, to your family, and to society."

That, of course, didn't happen in the case of James Waddell. The three Rottweilers that killed him were put down.