Jackson's Law= Responsible Pet Ownership
Jackson, a 5lb Morkie was killed Easter Morning April 24, by a Pit Bull from an attack initiated by two 6lb poodles. He died on the way to the Emergency Vet. He was 18 months old.
The Story behind "Jackson's Law":
Please note that Jackson's Law is neither breed nor size specific. Our goal is to increase responsible pet ownership for all dogs regardless of breed or size.
On Easter, Dr. Jon Epstein was returning from walking our 5lb Morkie terrier and was actually about to enter our home, when our neighbors opened their door. What ensued was an attack on Jon by one of their smaller dogs and the owners had added a third dog, a large pit bull. The pit bull was not on a leash, was in violation of the Condominium’s bylaws and to our horror , her handlers allowed her out of the condo into the common area. Jon tried to get our dog Jackson out of harm’s way but since he was being attacked as well, our dog unfortunately succumbed to an aggressive, out of control and deadly attack by the pit bull. One of the residents resorted to punching the dog in the head to get it to release Jackson from its jaws.
We both witnessed the event and tried to save Jackson but he died on the way to the emergency vet. His skull had been crushed by the jaws of the pit bull and he lost almost ½ of his body weight in blood…although his injuries did not end there.
Jackson was not just a pet, or a dog, he was a member of our family, a trusted companion and my best friend. The tragedy is twofold, losing Jackson and knowing that the event of his death could have been avoided.
For three days we had to live within 10 feet of a dog that had killed our friend in front of us. We lived in fear that either we could be harmed or a neighbor could be bitten or the 18month child living in the residence could have been the next target.
Three adults, three dogs and one child resided in an 1100 square foot condo. The two dogs originally in residence had been showing aggressive behavior for a year, had attacked Jackson twice, bitten Jon twice and had also bitten our upstairs neighbor. We consistently warned our neighbors to train their dogs, we always waited to walk our dog so he was never around them, and other neighbors did the same. It was grossly negligent for our neighbors to introduce a third dog thus creating a pack environment when they had consistently demonstrated they were incapable of controlling 2 6 lb poodles.
Please note we do not blame the dog or the breed- the dog was following pack behavior, however we do hold the owners accountable for NEVER properly training their dogs and not having the foresight to properly handle a Pit Bull.
We would not wish this tragic experience on any other family. We believe that with some very simple changes to the laws in place, tragedies like this can be avoided and the next life that could be saved could be a child or adult.
Under “Jackson’s Law” : Jackson’s Law will protect those who cannot protect themselves.
**Any dog that kills another dog under this law will be deemed a dangerous animal. (unprovoked attacks)
** The dog must be removed from the premises and evaluated. (while under evaluation the owners will be responsible for paying any fees associated with the upkeep while in county custody)
**The owners must attend mandatory dog training and handling classes before obtaining their dog .
** There will be a fine and the funds will be given directly to the Humane Society and/or Animal Control.
** The dog must pass a Canine Good Citizenship Test.
** Owners are required to have the dog evaluated by a vet for possible physical causes for aggressive behavior and if treatable, must treat any issues.
We also feel that these changes will help financially support the Animal Control offices and the Humane Society, so that instead of costing taxpayers money, the fines, etc. will go back to the very organizations that are out there every day trying to make a difference but are understaffed and over worked.
PLEASE NOTE: Jackson's Law has recently teamed up with Fabian's Law which was passed in the state of Arizona. We ask that you visit their site to learn more.