If you’ve ever been bitten by a dog, you know that the law sometimes requires that the animal is put to sleep. This is for your protection and for the protection of others.
In some cases, the owner may argue that the dog isn’t usually aggressive or that a person provoked it. That kind of argument won’t undo the damage that has already been done; the fact is that the dog attacked and the owner needs to be held accountable.
A judge in Florida has struck down a law that would have required a 4-year-old dog to be put down recently, though, and though the family is satisfied with the ruling, they still want to hold the owner accountable for their son’s injuries. The judge claims that the law was unduly oppressive; under the terms of the law, the dog would have been terminated.
The dog, a 4-year-old black lab mix had been involved in an incident with a young child. According to the story, the dog bit the boy’s ear, and the boy then needed stitches and reconstructive surgery. The dog’s owner, a well-known vet, stated that there was no leeway in the law for the circumstances of the attack. He claims that the boy provoked the dog, which resulted in the attack. The owner has stated that his pet is not dangerous and that the state’s current laws didn’t allow the animal control authorities to determine how severe the consequences should be for the dog that attacked. Now, the decision will hold in three counties in the state, and the family will continue to sue the owner directly.
Source: Fox News, “Dog gets stay of execution after Florida judge strikes down dog-bite law,” Dec. 18, 2015