Saturday, May 14, 2011

MOBILE AL - 1983 - AN 8-YEAR-OLD BOY WAS MAULED BY PIT BULL - HIS FAMILY TALKS ABOUT "ONE FREE BITE LAW"

"YOU DON'T GET ONE FREE ACCIDENT WHEN YOU HAVE A CAR ACCIDENT!!!!


July 17, 1987 - TIMES DAILY - (AP)  Mobile Al - Michael Coley was 8-years-old in 1983 when he was attacked by a PIT BULL while playing football with his friends. The wounds to his head and back have healed but the psychological scars are still with him, said  his parents, Sue and Jerry Coley.

Jerry Coley says his son would not go outside his house for a year, not even to the mailbox, and he had trouble in school. The other kids called him "SCARHEAD" so he wore a hood all the time. The family sued the dog's owner, but before the case went to trial, the court ruled the Coley's  were not entitled to any money other than what the owner's insurance policy would cover -- $1,000.  The Alabama Supreme Court affirmed the decision in a 5-4 opinion.  The trial court based its ruling on the state's current dog-bite law, which Mrs. Coley referred to as the "ONE FREE BITE LAW".  The law states the dog owner is co-liable for the acts of the dog unless the owner had knowledge of the vicious propensities of the dog.

The Coley's want to change the dog-bite law.  "We want it to be specific and name certain dogs such as Pit Bulls, German Shepherds, and Dobermans that have been known to be vicious.  Those dogs would have to be chained or kept behind an adequate fence. "There's got to be some protection for the VICTIM," Mrs. Coley said.

"YOU DON'T GET ONE FREE ACCIDENT WHEN YOU HAVE A CAR ACCIDENT!!!!

The Coleys have asked their state representative for help in amending Alabama's dog-bite law, and Mobile City Councilman, John Peavy, recently asked City Attorney, Rick Stout, to review the City's vicious dog ordinance to see what can legally be done to control specific breeds with violent natures, such as Pit Bulls.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=6WEeAAAAIBAJ&sjid=xMgEAAAAIBAJ&pg=4799,2272661&dq=alabama+dog+bites&hl=en


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