Skip to comments.Pets' bad behavior can land owners in doghouse
Posted on 08/15/2009 11:33:05 AM PDT by BBell
Eight days ago, a pair of pit bull-mix terriers attacked Leonard Garrett, 70, and his wife, Beulah, 75, in the front yard of their Metairie home, viciously snapping and chewing on their hands and arms.
"I'm just sick. It was so bad," said Leonard Garrett, who was recovering at home Friday. His wife could remain hospitalized for another week or more.
The dogs' owner, next-door neighbor Marcus Alleman, agreed to turn them over to Jefferson Parish animal control. They were destroyed after temperament tests determined they were unsafe, said Deano Bonano, chief administrative assistant to Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard.
If the attack had occurred eight days later, Alleman could have faced more than just the loss of his dogs. He might have run afoul of a new state statute that takes effect today.
The Luna McDaniel and Michael "Blaise" Landry Act expands the definition of negligent injuring to include injuries inflicted by a dog or another animal. The law carries jail sentences of up to six months and fines of $500.
Named for the 83-year-old Ville Platte woman and the 4-year-old Morganza boy who were mauled to death within the past year, the law also makes fatal dog attacks a criminal offense.
"It puts every pet owner on high alert," said Jeff Dorson, executive director of the Humane Society of Louisiana and a supporter of the bill. "If you have animals who may be dangerous or vicious, keep them away from human beings."
The Garretts survived their Aug. 7 attack, but Leonard Garrett told deputies that day that he recently had a stroke and was afraid of the dogs, which often roamed the neighborhood. Alleman could not be reached for comment, but neighbor Chris Schneider, 60, said she occasionally saw the dogs out
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Someone needs to take the POS Marcus Alleman out in the swamp and use him for alligator bait.
I hate dogs.
I love dogs. Nice ones that is.
It is a fantastic thing to have accountability imposed upon a populace unwilling to be accountable. Dangerous dogs are a threat to everyone and everything around them if not properly controlled.
Good on them.