Sunday, November 27, 2005

Dogs in the News

Ever since Diane Whipple was mauled by her neighbor's dogs in San Francisco, I have had a morbid fascination with these incidents. The most recent one, Lillian Stiles in Texas, has me truly amazed: "The dogs were found at the home of Stiles' neighbor, Jose Hernandez.
The sheriff's department will send the findings of its investigation to the Milam County District Attorney's Office, which will decide if any criminal charges will be filed against Hernandez."

Now, it really does say, "IF", doesn't it. I have a very hard time understanding exactly how the owner of the dogs would not, in some way, be responsible. If they are dangerous, then shouldn't the owner be liable if they get out. I would expect that he must be required to keep them on his property or under his control at all times. Or he should only be allowed to own pugs and chihuahuas that would not be able or inclined to take down a person.

Just a thought.

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