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 Steps
Dog bite victim and others rally in support of overturning the "One Bite Rule."
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.
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.
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
The 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.
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