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Proposed Ordinance Could See Harsher Penalties for Irresponsible Dog Owners

The Corpus Christi Council is due to consider a new ordinance that carries heavy consequences for owners of dogs that attack other animals. Currently, dog owners pay a fine if their dog carries out an attack against another animal. The director of Animal Care Services, Mike Gillis, believes it’s time for a change. “It’s more to hold our pet owners accountable right now because right now there is no accountability,” Gillis stated. “If I let my dog out and it kills another dog, big deal. I’m gonna get a ticket because my dog wasn’t on a leash.” Proposed dog ordinance in Corpus Christi The proposed ordinance may result with appearances in court as well as the possibility that a dog owner might have to rehome their dog. The new guideline stipulates that Animal Care Services would respond to the initial call resulting from an animal attack. After, ACS employees would obtain any required paperwork documenting injuries or death resulting from the other animal. The case would then proceed to court where a judge would be tasked with determining if the dog is to be deemed “vicious.” If the animal is found to be “vicious,” consequences will be carried out quickly. “The owners would either have to re-home that animal outside of city limits, or they could have to turn it over to Animal Care Services and then, Animal Care Services would work with rescues and adopters outside of the city to take that dog,” said Gillis. If the dog is to be rehomed or surrendered,...

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Neighbors respond to calls for help from a father as two dogs attack his children

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A horrifying video shows a Texas father screaming for help while holding on to his young children as two vicious dogs attack them, Local12 reports. Details of the violent dog attack Two brothers responded as a man screams for help. They found a father trying to protect his children as two dogs came after them. The frightening dog bite incident happened in Texas, November 2018. The two brothers, Brian, 20 and Brandon, 16, ran out to help their neighbors as the dogs bite the children. They pulled the dogs off the children and rendered first aid once the dogs ran away. Luckily, the brothers said they were trained for such moments through the U.S. Border Patrol Explorer program. Who is responsible for dog bites? Dog bites are often very serious and can lead to severe injuries. Dog owners have the responsibility to keep their animals in check. They must follow the city's law regarding dangerous dogs and even ordinary dogs. A dog owner has the responsibility of keeping his or her pet under control and can be sued for damages if it is proven that he or she was negligent. A dog owner is said to be negligent if:The owner knows the dog could attack someone, often due to its previous aggressive actions, but failed to take necessary measures to protect others from his pet. The animal is allowed to roam around without a leash. There are laws in some areas in Texas that forbid dogs from running free outside its owner's premises...

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Cedar Park boy continues to recover after a vicious dog attack

A 10-year-old boy bitten by a dog child while playing football with a friend continues to recover according to Cedar Park Patch. Details of the Incident The Cedar Park, Texas child was playing with a neighborhood friend when he was attacked by a boxer-terrier mix dog. The incident happened in the early evening of Wednesday, November 28, 2018. The attack was so severe that the dog had to be pulled off the boy by a passersby. According to reports, the dog escaped from its owner's property as the owner retrieved her mail. Police say the dog has no prior history of violence. The owner had since been directed to quarantine the animal. They explained that a pet could only be taken from its owner if animal control officials deemed the animal as being a threat to public safety, otherwise it is returned to the owner after the period of quarantine. The boy's family believe the dog should be put down. Prevalence of Dog Bites According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs every year in the United States leaving approximately 800,000 victims in need of medical attention for their injuries. Roughly half of these people are children. Of those, 386,000 dog bite victims required intensive care in the emergency room. When this happens, a personal injury lawyer that knows dog bite injuries, can help. Why do I need a personal injury lawyer after a dog attack? To get the justice you deserve, you need...

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