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Blogger Miss Margo  |  1/16/2012 7:08 AM  |  Flag  
It is monstrously unfair, but I believe that this is how the fight for BSL will be won: case by case, town by town. I resent it tremendously that victims have to PAY and fight tooth and nail for every smidgen of justice they get--just thinking about a years-long court battle with some willfully defiant pit nutter makes me depressed and exhausted--but I cannot identify any other means of policy change at this time. What a slog, though...

The good news is that this fight is totally winnable. As long as the lawsuits keep coming, I cannot see a future where pit bulls are legal and/or unregulated. Not everywhere, unfortunately--our Federalist system of government will ensure variation in BSL policy across regions/local gov'ts.

Pit Bull advocates have two crutches to stand on: property rights, and our culture's tremendous affection for dogs.

The first is increasingly subject to regulation, with general approval.

The second one is (ironically) more difficult. Dogs are cherished. Many people are unwilling to grasp the concept of a "bad dog." Lord knows that I didn't think dangerous dogs existed until a few years ago. It seemed like an oxymoron to me.

When I approached this as an issue of public health, the data convinced me very quickly.

The suffering that these dogs cause is incalculable. I urge all victims to speak about it, if they can. No policymaker with any conscience can deny their stories.

Blogger vintage  |  1/19/2012 3:24 AM  |  Flag  
Add South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's Supreme Court has unanimously agreed to let a lower court decide if a landlord is liable for damages in a dog bite case.

Blogger vintage  |  1/19/2012 4:04 AM  |  Flag  
Kentucky Court of Appeals rules that landlord may be liable for dog attacks:

Blogger vintage  |  1/19/2012 4:13 AM  |  Flag  

In 2006, a man from Independence, Mo., was mowing grass on his property when he was viciously mauled by several pit bulls. A Jackson County judge found the owners of the rental property where the dogs were kept liable and awarded the man $7.25 million. The man’s wife was awarded $300,000 for her loss of consortium claim.

Blogger Jaloney  |  1/19/2012 10:08 PM  |  Flag  
This would be good news for me as I live across from a rental house with 3 pitbulls. I know the family doesn't have anything to sue for and I would have no recovery possiblities if the landlord was not held liable.

Blogger vintage  |  1/20/2012 5:28 AM  |  Flag  
This is a very important issue as Pit Bull rescues are targetting the under 25 age group who are most likley to be renters. The least likely to have proper containment infrastructures and insurance!

The Criminal negligence continues....

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