A Florida representative is proposing to amend the dog bite law to allow owners more options after their animal bites a person, according to reports on October 9.
Representative Greg Steube (R-Sarasota) argued that some situations in which dogs bite people should not result in the animals being automatically put down. For example, a dog who attacks a burglar breaking into their owner’s home was certainly provoked, and should be spared for trying to protect it’s owner in that situation.
Current Florida dog bite law indicates that any dogs that pose a risk to other people are to be euthanized. If a dog causes injury to a human that results in the need for sutures or medical attention, the legal process does not allow judges or juries to hear evidence or circumstances explaining the situation. Rep. Steube stated that there should be a process to determine what triggered a dog to attack and determining if the animal is truly a danger to people.
There have been two cases so far in which the court has ruled the new law unconstitutional.
The Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A. lawyers in West Palm Beach understand that many people suffer serious injuries inflicted by dangerous dogs who have not been provoked in any way. In these situations, victims of dangerous animals should consider seeking compensation for their injuries. To learn more about your legal options, call our office today at (561) 689-8180 to discuss your case with our attorneys.