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    Re: Dog owner responsibility

    Quote Originally Posted by lardbeetle View Post
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    K9 attack dogs are attack dogs. I hardly think that an attack dog that does its job is a fair representative of the canine species as a whole, in terms of willingness to attack humans.
    even K9 attack dogs will not attack without reason. either they are told to do so by the trainer or the person exhibits behavior that the dog has been trained to interpret as threatening or dangerous.
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    Re: Dog owner responsibility

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarB63 View Post
    yeah and the punk kid who was throwing rocks at my neighbor's dog swore up and down that the dog attacked him for no reason too. easy to claim "the dog attacked for no reason" since the dog can't give its side of the story.
    I dont deny things like that occur...but when you get nailed at your mailbox by two pitbulls and the attack continues long enough for your wife to hear you yells and call 911 and when the sheriff deputies arrive they have to shoot and kill both dogs after they attacked them...its not hard to see that a kid throwing rocks wasnt the cause....that incident with that man being attacked going to his mailbox happened and was reported less than two weeks ago here....

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    Re: Dog owner responsibility

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Incognito View Post
    Strict liability doesn't apply to domestic dogs.
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    Re: Dog owner responsibility

    Quote Originally Posted by lpast View Post
    I dont deny things like that occur...but when you get nailed at your mailbox by two pitbulls and the attack continues long enough for your wife to hear you yells and call 911 and when the sheriff deputies arrive they have to shoot and kill both dogs after they attacked them...its not hard to see that a kid throwing rocks wasnt the cause....that incident with that man being attacked going to his mailbox happened and was reported less than two weeks ago here....
    I have had a lot of dogs over the years, I trained every one of them NOT to bite,dogs need to be controlled by thier owner if not the owner should be held liable for what every the dog does. I live in a neighbor hood where dog owners think that just having a dog on a leash means the dog is controlled, I have had large dogs drag thier owners when they wanted to get to me and or my dog, I now carry an emergency boat horn, a can of pepper spray and an aluminum bat. I use the horn to turn an attacking dog,if it does not stop I would use the pepper spray and if that fails I would use the bat first on the dog but the real problem is not the dog it is the owner, a dog in the wrong hands is just as bad as a gun in the wrong hands. Owners should be held liable and suffer the consequences of thier actions

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    Re: Dog owner responsibility

    I can't answer the question because, as previously stated, we don't know all the circumstances. Was the dog trained for violence? Did the owner make reasonable attempts to constrain the dog? Had the owners of the home ever provoked the dog? Has this dog ever been reported for inappropriate behavior?

    There are just too many questions about this case to be certain as to the proper penalty. However, I would say, that in general you are responsible for your pets. ALL ANIMALS HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BE VIOLENT! They are, after all, animals. They have instincts and those instincts can and do over power even the best training. Dogs are very good at escaping confinement and it is unfortunate that someone lost their life, but as a dog owner your responsibility is to keep your dog confined so as to prevent a situation where instincts take over and the unthinkable happens. Most likely this owner should face a charge equal to or similar to involuntary man slaughter.
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    Re: Dog owner responsibility

    Quote Originally Posted by ksu_aviator View Post
    I can't answer the question because, as previously stated, we don't know all the circumstances. Was the dog trained for violence? Did the owner make reasonable attempts to constrain the dog? Had the owners of the home ever provoked the dog? Has this dog ever been reported for inappropriate behavior?

    There are just too many questions about this case to be certain as to the proper penalty. However, I would say, that in general you are responsible for your pets. ALL ANIMALS HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BE VIOLENT! They are, after all, animals. They have instincts and those instincts can and do over power even the best training. Dogs are very good at escaping confinement and it is unfortunate that someone lost their life, but as a dog owner your responsibility is to keep your dog confined so as to prevent a situation where instincts take over and the unthinkable happens. Most likely this owner should face a charge equal to or similar to involuntary man slaughter.
    Theres alot of common sense in this post...and each case has to be thoroughly investigated and there shouldnt be a cut and dried law t hat says any dog that hurts a person the owner gets shafted...there are mitigating circumstances in all cases....

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    Re: Dog owner responsibility

    I hate dogs... truly hate them....

    I hate them when I see them walking/running loose when I am on my bike... I hate them when people are walking them unleashed around the park (illegal where I live) and getting in the way where I and others are running... I hate the dogs on the floor below mine that bark during the night... I truly hate and loathe the creatures...

    If your dog does something to harm another person, you have responsibility for that harm done... end of story...
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    Re: Dog owner responsibility

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    I hate dogs... truly hate them....

    I hate them when I see them walking/running loose when I am on my bike... I hate them when people are walking them unleashed around the park (illegal where I live) and getting in the way where I and others are running... I hate the dogs on the floor below mine that bark during the night... I truly hate and loathe the creatures...

    If your dog does something to harm another person, you have responsibility for that harm done... end of story...
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    Re: Dog owner responsibility

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    I have kids, and I have always had dogs - nice, friendly, family dogs. But, dogs of any kind can and will hurt people given the right set of circumstances. It may vary dog-to-dog, but if they are cornered, if their "pack" is threatened, or, if like many people over the years they just "snap", they can do some serious damage. When I was a kid, a great dane in our neighborhood put an adult former football player in the hospital. We all used to pet that dog all the time.

    Personal responsibility is rapidly becoming an antiquated idea in our country. Should dog owners be held responsible for their dogs? Of course! The government doesn't force you to own a dog. Should it be criminal? - good question. It depends on degrees of intent, negligence, etc. But, given a certain degree of intent and negligence, jailtime should be on the table.

    At the same time, accidents happen. Not to sound too heartless, but what if a raccoon had "broken" into the house and mauled the child to death? The existence of dogs lowers the chance of other types of tragedies from happening. Of course, so does shutting the door to your house before you go to sleep. Should a parent be held negligent for not reasonably protecting their child against animals? Details matter on both sides. What happens if a farmer's cow walks into the road in front of oncoming traffic? Was there a fence? Was the driver drunk? All punishment (civil and criminal) should be on the table, but reason has to be applied to the facts as they can be determined.
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    Re: Dog owner responsibility

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    I hate dogs... truly hate them....

    I hate them when I see them walking/running loose when I am on my bike... I hate them when people are walking them unleashed around the park (illegal where I live) and getting in the way where I and others are running... I hate the dogs on the floor below mine that bark during the night... I truly hate and loathe the creatures...

    If your dog does something to harm another person, you have responsibility for that harm done... end of story...
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