Friday, May 25, 2012

LAFAYETTE IN - 3 DOGS RUN LOOSE IN A NEIGHBORHOOD AND ONE OF THEM BITES A 9-YEAR-OLD GIRL THAT WAS SITTING ON HER PORCH - HER MOTHER IS UPSET ABOUT THE "ONE-BITE LAW"


Mother upset with Lafayette's response after dog attacks daughter, 9
Friday - May 25, 2012 - On  the third of May   3 DOGS (SEE THE VIDEO TO DETERMINE BREED OF ONE OF THE DOGS)   ran loose as Denise Loveless and her three daughters were riding their bikes in front of their house .The dogs chased her daughter Hannah and then one dog scooted under her fence and bit down on the leg of Josie, her 9-year-old, sitting on their porch.  Josie was pulled off the porch as the dog was shaking her  Then it bit her on her arm. She was taken to the emergency room.

"SHE IS SCARRED FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE,"  SAYS DENISE LOVELESS.   "SCARRED MENTALLY, PHYSICALLY, AND EMOTIONALLY."

Animal Control responded to the initial call and helped get the dogs back inside the fence, but nothing else had been done.  "It upsets me a lot.  I feel like something more should be done about the situation."

Lt. Brad Bishop with the Lafayette Police Department is also the Animal Control Director.  He says in general they could always improve and they could have communicated a little better in this case.  But it is up to the discretion of the animal control officers to issue a dangerous animal agreement with the owner.  The agreement makes the owner responsible for containing an animal that has bitten someone or making sure it's properly restrained if it's not in the owner's yard.  The ordinance is written with both dog owners and potential victims in mind.  To be considered as a dangerous dog, he or she must be out of its own property and not on a leash.  Bishop said most cases involve a bite to a human, but a vicious attack to another animal could also be considered.

Lt. Brad Bishop also said, "IF GIVES THE DOG ANOTHER CHANCE.  IT GIVES THE DOG OWNER ANOTHER CHANCE TO PROVE THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE AND CAN TAKE CARE OF THAT DOG AND MAKE SURE IT DOESN'T HAPPEN AGAIN."

After Channel 18 got involved and contacted police late Tuesday, Animal Control came out to the owner on Wednesday, May 23, and issued a "dangerous dog agreement" with the owner.  So if the dog bites somebody else, it can be seized by the city. Bishop said in the Lovelace case, the gate had been left open accidentally.

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BUT DENISE LOVELESS SAID THE "ONE-BITE LAW " SHOULD NOT APPLY IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES......

"WHAT OTHER NEIGHBOR NEEDS TO BE TORN APART TO JUST GIVE THE DOG A SECOND CHANCE"

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She would like to see the dog that attacked Josie put to sleep.  In addition, she thinks the other dogs need to be muzzled and under adult supervision when they are outside.  She also wishes city code would require a taller fence, too.


1 comment:

Your Quiet Neighbor said...

Denise, you just don't understand. Haven't you gotten the memo that dangerous dogs are much more important than other dogs, pets, or even humans? We *have* to give them a second chance.