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9 thoughts on “2017 Dog Bite Fatality: Pack of Dogs Fatally Attack 79-Year Old Man in McCreary County

  1. Pit Bull Nutter Owner… thinks he can wiggle out of his LIABILITY of owning the most vicious breed – pit bulls –
    when they attack…
    and KILL!
    Criminal law's comin' for you arse wipe.
    Then civil law will be comin'…
    Next time… ditch the pit bull for a chihuahua… or pay the price.

  2. All the pit bull advocates will spout off their usual lines of "it was a mutt" and "there's no such breed as a pit bull" when the truth is revealed. (Don't forget "any dog can bite," "labs bite more," "chihuahuas bite more," "the dogs were just protecting their territory," "this was only because of a bad owner," "they were probably abused," and on and on the excuses go). This poor man–what a horrible way to die! 79 years old. The oldest and the youngest in society are the most vulnerable to attacks and really seem to be taking the brunt even more than usual this year.

    Good point about the neighbor being courageous in speaking up about the dogs' owner. I wonder what the laws in KY say about liability for dog owners.

  3. So owner tried to hide the fact they were his dogs and call them strays? Obstruction of justice? Maybe they weren't house pets but he obviously kept them on his business property – perhaps as guard dogs (even though pit owners insist pits are bad guard dogs as they "love everyone").

  4. Also, during the last legislative session, Kentucky passed a bill defining "dog ownership." It limits landlord liability (https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/kentucky/articles/2017-03-06/bill-would-shield-landlords-from-liability-in-dog-bite-cases)

    "Owner," when applied to the proprietorship of a dog, includes:

    (a) Every person having a right of property in the dog;
    (b) Every person who:

    1. Keeps or harbors the dog;
    2. Has the dog in his care;
    3. Permits the dog to remain on or about premises owned and occupied by him; or
    4. Permits the dog to remain on or about premises leased and occupied by him;

    http://www.lrc.ky.gov/recorddocuments/bill/17RS/HB112/bill.pdf

  5. Thank you for the link, Your Quiet Neighbor. So there is strict liability but an exception for trespassing. It will be interesting to watch as things unfold to see if someone will try to prosecute and, if so, how the court will rule.

    Also, the Facebook comments were enlightening with discussion of the dog's size (and head size) and how he scares people but is Stephens' daughter's sweet baby. It's incredibly sad how often people make these assertions about their dogs only to then see the dogs viciously attack and even kill. Of course, those with dogs that are of any breed other than a small handful can pretty confidently say their sweet dogs would never seriously hurt anyone.

  6. This is bad news for the victims family

    These towing businesses are heavily connected to the police, and it is likely they will be shielded from prosecution

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