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Blogger Jaloney  |  10/09/2014 5:13 PM  |  Flag  
This makes me sick. A misdemeanor. If Mothers aginst drunk drivers could get tougher laws against drunk driving we should be able to pass tougher laws against this sort of irresponsible behavior that puts the lives and limbs of people at risk inflicting permanent injury and death everyday.

Blogger Your Quiet Neighbor  |  10/27/2014 2:55 PM  |  Flag  
Good point, Jaloney. The MADD model is the one that we should emulate.

OpenID joelande  |  12/10/2014 1:07 PM  |  Flag  
"The owner of a dozen pit bulls that escaped his home and nearly mauled a man to death faces a handful of misdemeanor violations. Sgt. Michael Woody acknowledged that the case is "horrifying," but the citations are likely the extent of the penalties the dog owner faces."

This is an unacceptable statement from an officer of the law, or whatever DA told him to say it.

When serious injury occurs, then the incident is no longer under the venue of animal control. It is a police issue. It is a general law enforcement issue. It is a criminal issue.

There are any number of criminal charges that police can use to charge after a criminal act such as this that have nothing to do with animal control laws. There are no animal control laws that limit police or any DA from doing that.

When the police and DA don't do their jobs, then the community deserves an answer and excuses like this are not acceptable.

Blogger LovelyLady  |  9/26/2015 9:21 AM  |  Flag  
Wow!!! This poor man should not have lost his limbs because of a pack of Pit Bulls!!! He deserves to live in a PIT BULL FREE community!!! All the people who own Pit Bulls and defend them as being "misunderstood good family dogs" should be ashamed!! ALL of these dogs don't have owners that TRAIN them to be vicious or abuse them. Pit Bulls are vicious by NATURE. They need to be BANNED from the universe!!!

OpenID 692ffa56-8c3b-11e3-902b-000f20980440  |  9/26/2015 10:23 AM  |  Flag  
This breaks my heart. I think most of us would agree that this victim is now living a life none of us would want to bear. I know I couldn't.

The punishment? For two years, the (Ir)Responsible Owner will have to check in with a Parole agent. That's it.

In a fair and just world, this man's every penny and every bit of labor from now until he dies should go to helping his victim live as well as he can, with the horrendous handicaps he now must cope with.

Blogger Farmer Jane  |  9/26/2015 2:37 PM  |  Flag  
I think that a lot of people don't realize how much dogs and their owners have changed over the years- thanks to pits and their ilk. Back when most of the laws that regulate dog ownership were created, dogs were most often a nuisance. They got into your garbage, chased your car, pooped in your yard. Controlling rabies was the most life threatening issue that our lawmakers had to worry about. Now, it's a whole different ball game. People's opinions and ideology about dogs has to change before our laws will. Colleen, you're helping us to move in the right direction.
Thank you

Blogger Dayna Hamilton  |  9/29/2015 9:09 AM  |  Flag  
Two years probation!!! Unreal. I hope when he gets a new set of pits they do the same to him that they did to Steve Constantine.

OpenID joelande  |  9/29/2015 9:14 AM  |  Flag  
Precedents are very important, and something valuable did come out of this.

The path has been paved to holding landlords and property owners accountable for what goes on on their property, which they were anyway, but it needed to be firmly established.

Hold the property owners accountable. Let them know they have dangerous dogs on their premises, and let them know they will be held fully accountable if they do nothing and the inevitable attack occurs.

It's not just the dog owner who gets sued. It's the property owner too.

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