Michigan Serious About Dangerous Dog Breeds
Livingston, MI - On Sept. 13, 2007 four American bulldogs mauled to death Edward Gierlach, 90, of Fowlerville, and Cheryl Harper, 56, of Iosco Township. The dogs' owner, Diane Cockrell, is charged with two counts of keeping dangerous animals, causing death, and a separate misdemeanor charge of allowing the dogs to stray.
Just last week two pit bulls on the loose in Handy Township jumped into Kara Sepulveda's horse's stall and viciously attacked and killed her Polish Arabian mare. Livingston County Prosecutor David Morse has since charged David Clyde McGalliard, 44, with two counts of allowing animals to stray and three counts of having unlicensed dogs -- all 90-day misdemeanors.
In an opinion article, LivingstonDaily.com editors discuss themes that state legislature members should address in upcoming months:
- Prosecutor David Morse is sending the right message: If your animals attack, you will be held responsible. Period. If you own a dangerous breed, it's incumbent upon you to keep your animals secured.
- Though debate exists on what constitutes a "dangerous breed," it's hard to deny that pit bulls and American bulldogs are potentially dangerous breeds.
- Harper's family is promoting legislation that would make it illegal for someone to own dangerous dogs, and Sepulveda said she supports that measure. While it may appear a drastic measure, at the very least in needs to be studied.