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    Dog owner responsibility

    Over here we've had a recent incident where a dog escaped its yard, broke into the neighbours house and killed a 4 year old. Under current laws all the dog owner receives is a fine, and there's a debate over whether the owner should receive jail time or not. So what do you think, should there be a charge of negligent homicide or something like that for owners who allow their dogs to escape and cause death?
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    Re: Dog owner responsibility

    Can a mod (except Redress) fix the spelling mistake in the poll?
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    Re: Dog owner responsibility

    Yes. In my town, there are charges brought when an animal injures or kills, human beings or other animals. I forget the actual charge, but it is something along the lines of what you are asking. The animal, will more than likely be put down as well.

    People are responsible to keep control of their animals. Accidents happen, but obviously, if a dog kills or severely injures, they are a danger to the community.
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    Re: Dog owner responsibility

    That's a tough call. There should be some punishment, how severe probably depends on the situation. I mean if the dog owner took reasonable actions to keep the dog contained I don't know that jail time would be correct. Then again, man, that was a tragedy. Sounds as if the dog was wild and out of control.

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    Re: Dog owner responsibility

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    Over here we've had a recent incident where a dog escaped its yard, broke into the neighbours house and killed a 4 year old. Under current laws all the dog owner receives is a fine, and there's a debate over whether the owner should receive jail time or not. So what do you think, should there be a charge of negligent homicide or something like that for owners who allow their dogs to escape and cause death?
    The dog managed to escape it's own yard and break into a house? I don't know how any dog owner could ever reasonably be expected to foresee something like this. I'd like to know more about the animal and whether the owners had reason to believe this dog capable of such horrific things.

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    Re: Dog owner responsibility

    just awful, poor little girl. it was very distressing to see the scene when the story broke. without all the details of whether the owner took reasonable precautions regarding the dog, i'm not sure how to reply Spud.

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    Re: Dog owner responsibility

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    Over here we've had a recent incident where a dog escaped its yard, broke into the neighbours house and killed a 4 year old. Under current laws all the dog owner receives is a fine, and there's a debate over whether the owner should receive jail time or not. So what do you think, should there be a charge of negligent homicide or something like that for owners who allow their dogs to escape and cause death?
    Negligence requires the incident to be forseeable. I would ask whether or not the dog owners were training the pitbull to be vicious against humans or other animals - I would guess yes, given that the breed does not have a predisposition for aggression towards people. If they were training it to attack people, and it got out and mauled someone, then it needs to be a negligence-based crime. If not, then it cannot be criminal negligence, although, of course, they need to be civilly liable.

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    Re: Dog owner responsibility

    I voted that he should get jail time because I assumed that the owner was negligent. Now I'm not so sure that he deserves jail time without knowing the details of the case. So you can just pretend there is one less jail time vote for now.
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    Re: Dog owner responsibility

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    Over here we've had a recent incident where a dog escaped its yard, broke into the neighbours house and killed a 4 year old. Under current laws all the dog owner receives is a fine, and there's a debate over whether the owner should receive jail time or not. So what do you think, should there be a charge of negligent homicide or something like that for owners who allow their dogs to escape and cause death?
    Not unless it can be shown that they were negligent, or raised the dog to be vicious, or should have known better than to leave it unattended. They should be subjected to civil penalties from the victim's family and possibly a lesser criminal charge. But negligent homicide is a bit extreme unless there are aggravating circumstances.
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    Re: Dog owner responsibility

    I voted for jail time. I'm no fan of the pit bull, and IMO, if people insist on owning one, they need to be strictly liable for keeping it under control.

    That poor family; they had just lost their home a month before in a fire, or none of them would have been there.

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