On Tuesday, the Miami-Dade County Commissioners voted 9-1 to create an online registry of dangerous dogs to help prevent dog attacks.
Owners of dogs deemed dangerous will be required to post photos and details about their animals on the registry.
The law also expands the type of acts that are considered cruel to animals, creates new regulations for aggressive dogs, and places new restrictions on irresponsible owners, doubling the fine for violations to $1,000.
Kathy Labrada, the chief of shelter operations and enforcement for Miami-Dade Animal Services, told the Miami Herald: “The online registry of dangerous dogs will basically just be putting information at the fingertips of residents of Miami-Dade County.”
Commissioner Sally Heyman said the new law ” isn’t going to be criminal sanctions such as jail, but there’ll be an increase in the fines that matches the Florida statute.”
Under the new law, a dog could be declared dangerous for attacking or causing severe injury, the death of a domestic animal more than once, for attacking a person or approaching a person in a menacing fashion.
The law will allow individuals to access information online related to dogs that have been deemed aggressive or dangerous for their attacks.
Another bill would require owners of “dangerous” dogs to carry $50,000 worth of insurance, and it would allow police to confiscate dogs, which Animal Services currently does, The Miami Herald reported.
In California, the law protects dog attack victims, even if the dog does not have a history of biting people. The owner is responsible for his or her dogs’ actions as well as keeping their dog on their property with fences, walls, etc.
If you or someone you love has been bitten by someone else’s dog make sure to document the injuries you incurred and consult an experienced attorney to see if you have grounds for a claim. The time you have to file a lawsuit is limited so it’s important that you do this without delay following a dog bite injury.
Feel free to contact our Los Angeles Law Firm via email at Info@ArashLaw.com or call us at 800-890-7375. One of our lawyers will be happy to assist with your personal injury or dog biting case.
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