Dangerous Dog Bill Advances
Austin, TX - Some months ago, state Rep. Chuck Hopson drafted HB 1389 that increases criminal penalties for dog owners -- from second degree to first degree -- if their dog kills a person under the age of 18 or over the age of 65 and falls under 822.005 (Lillian's Law, which only affects "loose dog" attacks). The bill recently passed the House in a 123-7 vote and is headed to the Senate. The bill in part came in response to the 2009 death of Justin Clinton.
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