Tuesday, June 06, 2006

A Terrible New Dog Bite Law

The proposed rules include the county's first specific definition for vicious dogs: animals that bite a person or other animal, causing severe injury, or dogs owned or harbored primarily or in part for the purpose of fighting with other animals.

This definition is just not good enough. Many dog bites are justified. This definition needs to be expanded to allow for justified bites. Here is an article I wrote on When Should A Dog Be Allowed To Bite. This needs to be incorporated in this law. In addition, we need to have due process procedures to define how an accusation is going to be handled. The procedures being set up are also not well thought out. Here is another article I wrote on How To Make A Fair Dog Bite Law.

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