Saturday, March 22, 2008
Lyman, SC - Who could forget Chopper, the chained pit bull that recently mauled a cocker spaniel to death? The town of Lyman responded to the community's concern by creating a strict dangerous dog ordinance. The new rules are not breed-specific, but if your dog breaks a rule, it's banned.
- Attacks a person, domestic animal or domesticated dog or cat and causes physical injury or death when unprovoked.
- Bites or attempts to bite any person while at large.
- Attacks or attempts to attack any other dog or animal or chases or catches a person while at large.
- Poses a threat of harm or endangers the safety of persons, domesticated animals while at large or not at large.
- Is owned or harbored for dog fighting.
- Is trained for the purpose of dog fighting or has engaged in dog fighting.
- Is tormented, badgered, baited, trained or encouraged to engage in unprovoked attacks upon people or domesticated animals.
Additionally, council members determined that tethering a dog endlessly was considered "cruel treatment" and would only be permitted for nine hours at a stretch.
One screw up from Chopper's owner and he's out.
03/04/08: Cocker Spaniel Killed by Pit Bull, Neighbors in Fear
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| 3/23/2008 1:38 AM |
This is an on-property, off-property issue. If a child picks up a ball that has landed on "Chopper's" property and Chopper kills the child, Chopper and his owner may be in the clear. Any person who is "on-property," may automatically disqualify as an "unprovoked attack" regardless of how innocent the act (such as picking up a ball).
| 3/23/2008 6:25 AM |
Very significant law here...
Most places don't make explosive animal aggression a disqualifier. How many times do we see a six figure mauling with the statement:"The Pit Bull had previously killed a neighbor's dog"?
| 3/23/2008 8:28 AM |
Sorry, but if you own a dog that could kill a child, you need a boundary fence. Just like if you had a swimming pool. As a civilized society, we recognize that a child may not have the cognitive ability to distinguish just how far a dogs chain can reach, or where the sidewalk ends and private property begins. Therefore, we take responsibility, as adults, for keeping children safe by altering our own behavior a bit.
Pool owners know that they are required to fence in their pool, and factor that into the cost of owning a pool. Dog owners should do the same thing, and be held legally liable when their companion animal attacks and seriously injures a child because of their negligence.