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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, the owner has 10 days in which to do so. At his previous position in Austin, Mr. Gillis enforced the same ordinance. He believes it is vital to hold pet owners liable for their dog’s behavior.

In remarks regarding the need to hold pet owners liable, Gillis “If I was on the other side of that and I’m out walking my dog on a leash and an unrestrained dog were to attack my little 14-pound dog, I’d be devastated.”

The proposed ordinance was read by the council members. If it is passed, the ordinance will have to be approved upon its second reading.

Legal risks associated with dog attacks are not confined to only dog attacks carried out against another animal. Dangerous dogs that have not been properly trained or cared for pose a significant risk to others. If you or a loved one have been injured or attacked by a dog, it’s important that you contact a dog bite injury attorney as quickly as possible. In Texas, the injured party must establish the owner of the dog knew or should have known, their dog was at risk of injuring the victim. We’re here to help you through the process and to obtain the compensation you deserve while you are on the road to recovery.

If You Have Been Attacked or Bitten by a Dog

  • Identify the Owner

    • If the owner is present, collect the owner’s name and contact info. If possible, request proof the dog is up to date on its rabies vaccination.
  • Collect Information

    • This includes pictures of the bite or any injuries and a picture of the dog that attacked you.
  • Seek Medical Help ASAP

    • It’s important that any wound resulting from a dog bite be cared for by a medical expert in order to avoid infection.
  • Call The Patel Firm PLLC 

*This blog is for informational purposes only and is not intended to, and should not be construed as legal advice.

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