Wednesday, September 30, 2015

TATE COUNTY MS - A NEIGHBOR'S PIT BULL ATTACKED T.K. MOORE WHILE HE WAS WALKING TAKING A CHUNK OUT OF HIS ARM - HIS FATHER WAS ATTACKED BY THE SAME PIT LAST YEAR CAUSING HIM TO RECEIVE OVER 100 STITCHES - MISSISSIPPI HAS NO STATE LAWS AGAINST OWNERS OF MAULING DOGS????



A Tate County man is recovering after being attacked by a neighbor's PIT BULL. T. K. Moore almost lost his arm. This wasn't the first time this dog attacked someone. Moore's father was bitten last year.
Because of Mississippi’s dog bite law, nothing happened to the dog after the first attack.
Tate County does not have an animal ordinance. Which means a dog that has attacked someone will be quarantined for the 10 day rabies observation law.  But after that, the owner has the right to come get the animal and take it right back home.
"It tore a chunk out of my arm all the way to the bone,"  says T.K. Moore,
 He unwraps his arm to show us where a neighbor's pit bull attacked him two weeks ago.
Moore said he was taking a walk when his neighbor's dog broke the chain and ran straight for him.
"I couldn't hold him. I grabbed him by the collar but I couldn't hold him," Moore said.
Moore lost a lot of blood. But more than that, he lost the feeling in two of his fingers plus he will be out of work for at least another month.
"If it didn't heal up where they could sew it up or something they was gonna you know skin graph skin off my leg and put on my arm," Moore said.
According to Moore, this was not the first time the pit had attacked someone. Moore said the same dog attacked his dad last year.
"Bit him last year going to the mail box. And like I said they put like 130 something...160 something stitches in him. Bit him on the chest and on the back and on the arm," Moore said.
Tate County Sheriff Brad Lance said the community is upset that the dog was not taken from the owner. Lance said his hands are tied.
Mississippi has what is called a one bite law. Which means a dog basically gets a free bite. If that happens, it turns into a civil issue. The owner of the dog would have to pay the victim's medical expenses if the victim can prove that the owner knew the dog had a tendency to attack. Lance said that rarely happens because it is difficult to prove. So the owner typically gets to keep the animal. It is frustrating for Moore.
"There ain't nothing like that feeling you know. You just helpless. Ain't nothing you can do against it. Ain't nothing you can do about the law you know. The laws the law," Moore said.
According to Tate County Sheriff Brad Lance, there is no state law that gives him the right to seize a dog no matter how many times the dog has attacked someone.
Lance would like that law to change but he does not see it happening. At least anytime soon.

http://www.localmemphis.com/news/local-news/tate-county-man-recovering-after-being-attacked-by-dog


1 comment:

Sweetie Pie said...

Mississippi allows the use of deadly force against human beings if you fear great personal harm to yourself. Check out the law, title 97-3-15, the relevant sections:

"(1) The killing of a human being by the act, procurement or omission of another shall be justifiable in the following cases:
(f) When committed in the lawful defense of one's own person or any other human being, where there shall be reasonable ground to apprehend a design to commit a felony or to do some great personal injury, and there shall be imminent danger of such design being accomplished;
(4) A person who is not the initial aggressor and is not engaged in unlawful activity shall have no duty to retreat before using deadly force under subsection (1) (e) or (f) of this section if the person is in a place where the person has a right to be, and no finder of fact shall be permitted to consider the person's failure to retreat as evidence that the person's use of force was unnecessary, excessive or unreasonable.
(5) (a) The presumptions contained in subsection (3) of this section shall apply in civil cases in which self-defense or defense of another is claimed as a defense.
(b) The court shall award reasonable attorney's fees, court costs, compensation for loss of income, and all expenses incurred by the defendant in defense of any civil action brought by a plaintiff if the court finds that the defendant acted in accordance with subsection (1) (e) or (f) of this section. A defendant who has previously been adjudicated "not guilty" of any crime by reason of subsection (1) (e) or (f) of this section shall be immune from any civil action for damages arising from same conduct.
(5) (a) The presumptions contained in subsection (3) of this section shall apply in civil cases in which self-defense or defense of another is claimed as a defense."

Mississippi law also allows open carry. It's time for someone to shoot this pit bull dead the next time it approaches anyone off its owner's property.