O'Hara Law Firm
Pit Bull Mix and Border Collie Kill Child and Injure Others
This year in a suburb of Atlanta, two loose dogs killed a six-year old child and critically wounded two other children. The dogs’ owner has been charged with reckless conduct. During the morning, parents and neighbors rushed outside after hearing children screaming. One resident rushed outside with his gun and found the mother of the dead child crying over the limp body of her child. The resident picked up the boy and carried him to the ambulance, but the child’s injuries were too severe.
The owner of the dogs claims that they were raised with children and had not shown aggression in the past. He claims he did not know how the dogs escaped from his yard. He was arrested and released on bail.
This tragedy has created a debate in the community regarding whether pit bulls and other “dangerous breeds” should be allowed in the community. Others argue that there should be tougher laws regarding dog ownership in general to force people to be responsible. Georgia like Texas has legislation that prevents local governments from banning pit bulls. However, local communities may regulate issues involving “vicious dogs” and “stray dogs.”
Texas has legislation regarding dangerous dogs. A dog may be declared dangerous by the local government if the dog “makes an unprovoked attack on a person that causes bodily injury and occurs in a place other than an enclosure in which the dog was being kept and that was reasonably certain to prevent the dog from leaving the enclosure on its own.” After a dog has been declared dangerous, an owner must followed specific regulations including obtaining liability insurance for the dog in case it injures another person.