Monday, June 11, 2012
8-Year Old Frankie Flora
New York, NY - On June 14, dog bite victim Frankie Flora and others in favor of overturning the One Free Bite1 rule in the State of New York will host a news conference on the steps of the state capitol building. In 2009, Frankie was horrifically attacked by his aunt's adopted pit bull. Now, 25 surgeries later, designated the 2010 New York Ambassador for The Children's Miracle Network and with a visit to the Whitehouse under his belt, Frankie Flora hopes to change state law.
8-Year Old Set to Hold News Conference on the State Capitol StepsThe end of the One Free Bite era has arrived in New York, and this precious young boy who has undergone unimaginable injuries is going to help usher it in. New York victims of dog attacks are urged to attend the news conference in Albany on Thursday, to reach out to Frankie's mother, Maria Flora, and to show support for Senator Breslin's proposed amendment by contacting his office. May New York be the 31st U.S. state to adopt statutory strict liability when a dog bites.
Dog bite victim and others rally in support of overturning the "One Bite Rule."
NEW YORK (June 11, 2012) On June 14, 2012 outside the New York State Capitol Building, dog bite victim Frankie Flora and others in favor of overturning the "One Bite Rule," will host a news conference at 1pm on the steps of the building.
The news conference is held in support of Senator Neil D. Breslin’s (D – Delmar) proposed S.1191 - an act to amend the general obligations law, in relation to liability of owners for dog bites.
In 2009 Frankie Flora was attacked by a pit bull and suffered extreme severe injuries. Now at 8-years old, the 2010 Ambassador for The Children’s Miracle Network continues to encourage, inspire and educate many throughout the State of New York.
New York State is a "one-bite state," which means the owner cannot be held responsible for the dog’s first bite or injury to another, unless the owner was negligent in his actions to control the dog or if the dog is known to be dangerous.
Kenneth M. Phillips, Attorney at Law who represents people seriously injured by dogs stated, "There should be no right to bite. The one bite rule should be rejected in every state and country."
Founder and President of DogsBite.org Colleen Lynn says, "This is an historic day for all dog bite victims."
The New York State Capitol Building is located at 172 State Street Albany, NY 12247.
To support the proposed amendment S.1191 contact:
Senator Breslin 172 State Street, Room 413 Albany, NY 12247
Phone: 518.455.2225 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For information and to support Frankie Flora contact:
Maria Flora 845.223.9877 email@example.com, www.frankiefund.com
05/15/09: Frankie Flora's Uncle Speaks to Eyewitness News About his Recovery
04/22/09: Wappingers Boy Suffers Life Altering Injures in Pit Bull Attack
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| 6/12/2012 5:50 PM |
We will see if Jane Saul Berkey of Animal Farm Foundation in NY, Best Friends Animal Society and the AKC will show any empathy for the victims of dangerous dogs that they promote.
Will they continue to support dangerous dogs at all costs? Is it so important to support the incomes of dangerous dog breeders, owners, and dealers that slaughtered and maimed children, elderly people, and adults are allowed in New York with no responsibility taken? Must minorities pay a disproportionate price for selfish interests of the dangerous dog dealers?
They tell us that man biters were culled. Not true, but where do they stand now? Do they support enabling man biters, or doing the responsible thing and dealing with the man biter immediately.
One free bite means an evitable additional maiming or mauling.
It happens over and over and over and over and over and over again.
Does Best Friends Animal Society say this is ok?
| 6/14/2012 5:02 AM |
I've been wondering -- does anyone know what was done with the pit bull that attacked Frankie? I've looked at all the articles linked to, but nowhere do I see this information.
In this article:
it says: "[Frankie's] uncle admits the incident has caused a rift in the family that will require healing as well."
I hope that rift wasn't about whether the pit bull should be put down. I hope this pit bull was put down.
| 6/15/2012 3:54 PM |
The rift is probably from the six and seven figure medical bills and Frankie Living "The Life of a Thousand Cuts" as the plastic surgeons try to fix the damage.
Of course the rescue which placed the dog hasn't ponied up a dime!