The Question is Why?
Boca Raton, FL - In a story that points out the ridiculousness of existing dogs laws -- laws that do not address the rise in dangerous dog ownership -- Nicholas Lopes was attacked by a leashed pit bull moments after the dog nipped his sister. The 5-year old boy now has 40 stitches to the face. Instead of being automatically euthanized, the dog will receive a statewide "dangerous" classification.
Labeling this dog as "dangerous" will not prevent a future victim from being created. The pit bull was leashed during the attack.
The attack came as Lopes' neighbor Henk Schiffer was walking Jobie, whom he was dog sitting, along with his own dog. The 3-year-old girl, Mia, ran up to Jobie, who snipped at her. She escaped with a slight injury. Her father, Nelson Lopes, was with Nicholas and ran up to Schiffer, asking him if the dog had its shots. That's when Jobie struck again, this time taking Nicholas to the ground.
Animal control said neither Schiffer nor the pit bull owner, Howard Visnick, faced criminal charges. The dangerous classification would mean Jobie would have to be sterilized, implanted with a microchip and walked with a muzzle. Visnick would also have to put up warnings about his dog around his home. If Jobie attacks again, then it is euthanized and the owner is charged with a misdemeanor.
Why do vicious dogs and their owners have more rights than our children? Why do these dogs get second and third chances to attack?
Pit bulls and pit bull mixes account for nearly a third of reported dog bites in both Broward and Palm Beach counties.
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