Wednesday, February 28, 2018

ALABAMA - "EMILY'S LAW" WILL HOLD THE OWNER OF A DANGEROUS DOG ACCOUNTABLE AND RESTRAIN OR EUTHANIZE THE ANIMAL IF IT COMMITS AN ATTACK




                   http://blog.dogsbite.org/2018/02/2017-us-dog-bite-fatality-statistics.html

The House of Representatives passed the final vote on a bill Tuesday that will hold the owner of a dangerous dog accountable and restrain or euthanize the animal if it commits an attack. Sen. Steve Livingston, a Republican, sponsored and named the bill "Emily's Law" after 24-year-old Emily Colvin. She was attacked and killed by a pack of dogs in front of her Jackson County home in December 2017.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

It is unfortunate that it takes a tragedy to correct laws that protect owners of dangerous dog breeds. With that said, I am proud that Alabama is doing the right thing, and not sweeping this important issue under the rug. If only ALL jurisdictions would follow suit BEFORE anyone else is killed!

Decatur AL livin nt to 4 pits said...


I'm hopeful but not convinced. It does state that owners will be held responsible if the dog attacks...as in...the monster has already attacked!!! I guess it takes care of the one free bite, or two free bites or ever how many free bites owners can get before they are held responsible. Even if they are held responsible on the first bite, the victim may have already had their face bit off, their limbs removed, or their lives taken. You can put the owner in jail for a few years but the victim can never recover from an owner that has no property or insurance and is judgement proof. What's a few years in jail to a drug runner? Where am I going wrong here?

Anonymous said...

Personally, I think pitbull owners are some of the worst dog owners. They don't seem to care about the welfare of their dogs, their dogs' puppies, anyone else's pets, or any human beings. They have no money. They have no concern about paying for damages. I doubt if many of them would worry about going to jail due their dogs' actions. Although this law may be better than no law, I do not believe that it will affect how pitty owners control their dogs. I think BSL would be better, if enforced, to greatly lessen the number of these dogs. No pitbulls equals no pitbull bites.

Decatur AL livin nt to 4 pits said...


Then there is this social phenomenon - PIT BULLS/OTHER SELECTIVELY BRED FOR FIGHTING DOG ADVOCATES TAKING OVER ANIMAL CONTROL !!!!! THEN IT BECOMES ANIMAL UNCONTROL !!!!! Emily's mauling death was witnessed and they knew who owned the pits. Some maulings are whitewashed: accusations that the toddler provoked one of grandma's five 90-pound wiggle butts as he tried to crawl around on the floor among the dog food bowls, the child was running and playing and squealed and stepped 2 feet inside the pit owners property line and so his pit had a right to maul the child, so on and so forth...I see years of lawyers fighting out dog cases in court not so clear-cut maulings. More and more pits being bred everywhere everyday. I see no end to this...I hope I'm wrong!

Anonymous said...

Pitbulls have extremely high prey drive, and they routinely maul after unconsciousness and after death. They are fixing their dinner. Whereas the police-trained German Shepherd will release its bite if the perpetrator stops fighting, the pitbull will sink its teeth into an inanimate object such as a tire and hang on. This type of dog is truly special but not in a good way for anyone but dog fighters and other criminals.

Anonymous said...

I am Anon 2:08, and I fully support Breed Specific Legislation. My jurisdiction, in Illinois, did nothing when we had a serious mauling of a young boy back in 2005.

We had a town hall meeting and the nutters showed up in droves. We were told repeatedly by the board that we could not implement Breed Specific Legislation. At the time I didn't understand why. Now I know it's because Ledy vankavage, super nutter extraordinaire, preemptively changed our laws to prevent BSL.

Basically, my county did nothing. Not only that my county has weakened any trace of accountability for irresponsible nutter owners. We get the same response about waiting for animal control officers to witness attacks, running at large, or barking complaints. The police do show up if you call about a pit bull.

I have a pit bull on every street where I walk, sometimes 2 per household. The pit bull population has exploded since 2005. It's only a matter of time before we have a lethal mauling. I hope it's not me!

Decatur AL livin nt to 4 pits said...

I'm sitting here in deep thought on this beautiful sun shining Sat morning. I'm going to bring up a question that I've asked for over 8 years now since my dog problem began and see if anyone will see this and give me an answer .. HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE..Our Nationwide Insurance agent came out to our house several times in the past 22 years we have lived here and they inspect..They noted our roof and among the other things they noted that we had 2 basset hounds that were kept in our house and we had a secure fence. We told him that when these dogs died that we would have no more because I refuse to have a pet with pit bulls next door. I will never watch a pet of mine being eviscerated by a pit bull. I miss all the animals I've had, especially my peek-a-poo who was once attacked by a Rottweiler/German Shepherd mix, my rabbit, bird, and I really miss my basset hounds. We asked our insurance agent how we could go about reporting our neighbors to their insurance co for having multiple HUGE pit bulls that lunge, growl and bark at us and we are really afraid of them. If my insurance co inspects our property before they give us a contract, why does my neighbor's insurance company not do the same? How can an ordinary citizen hold their neighbors accountable for having animals that are as dangerous as lions, tigers, alligators, etc??? AND NEXT I'M GOING TO ASK THIS QUESTION: HOW DOES A PROPERTY OWNER ON A SMALL CITY LOT SAFELY DISPOSE OF 4 OR MORE LARGE DOGS DAILY FECES AND PEE WITHOUT IT WASHING DOWNHILL ON TO THEIR NEIGHBOR? IS THIS A HEALTH PROBLEM?