STRICTER LAWS AND PENALTIES AGAINST OWNERS WITH A DANGEROUS ANIMAL
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STRICTER LAWS AND PENALTIES AGAINST OWNERS WITH A DANGEROUS ANIMAL

    1. Petition by

      Chantal McCulligh

      Canada

A monetary amount won't teach owners how to care for, and train a dog properly. People should be fully aware of, and be scared of, the harsh penalties that they deserve. A small fine won't do any justice whatsoever.

 

My roommate was mauled by a bull mastiff this past week. This very dog has attacked another dog and went after 2 other people prior to this one. My roommate sustained severe injuries from the attack, including 2 bites around her neck, missing her jugular vein by 1 inch, a bite on her arm, head as well as her side. After meeting with the SPCA, we were sadly informed that the owner would only have a $300 fine and she could have kept the dog had she decided to do so after this last attack. The owner left my roommate after the attack and went up to her apartment, and never came down nor has she inquired about her state. We need stricter laws and penalties against owners with a dangerous animal. This dog has a record of aggression! This is assault with a deadly weapon and should be treated that way in the justice system. The owner knew very well that the dog was dangerous, said the dog has been through vigorous training for all the previous reports and we could very well be at a funeral right now! If this was a child, they wouldn't have had a chance. Why did the dog get 4 chances and the owner gets to walk away with a $300 fine?? SIGN FOR STRICTER LAWS AND PENALTIES AGAINST OWNERS WITH A DANGEROUS ANIMAL.

 

Bad owners make bad dogs. 

 

WHAT WE SPECIFICALLY WANT CHANGED

-minimum $300 fine if dog is off leash 1st offense

       -minimum $500 fine if dog is off leash 2nd offense

       -minimum $1000 fine if dog is off leash 3rd offense

-minimum $5000 fine after an attack on another animal

-minimum $10000 fine after an attack on a human being

-CREATE LAW: if a dog has attacked or shown aggression to the point that it has been reported to the SPCA, it is required for the owner and animal to partake in professional training classes at the owners expense

-CREATE LAW: If no attacks, but has been reported to SPCA to be vicious, required for the dog to be removed and evaluated and only returned once ruled safe. 

-CREATE LAW: If an animal draws blood from a bite, it's considered an attack - no questions asked

We want these changes, because the fees for not having a dog on a leash is currently $95. If a dog is on a leash, it has less of an opportunity to attack. If the dog attacks another dog, it is aggressive enough to attack again which is why the fines need to be increased.

 

IF WILDLIFE IS IN THE COMMUNITY, SPCA KILLS IT. IF A DANGEROUS DOG IS IN THE COMMUNITY, SPCA HANDS ARE TIED. 

IF YOU COMMITANIMAL CRUELTY, YOU CAN BE FINED $60,000 - BUT IF YOU ENABLE YOUR DOG TO BE AGGRESSIVE ENOUGH TO COMMIT ASSAULT, YOU GET $300? 

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    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. Roommate has yet to return to her own apartment

      Chantal McCulligh
      Petition Organizer

      She is emotionally unable to enter the building and relive the moment of the attack and live 2 doors down from the owners.

    3. 5 days after the attack, the owner has shown "concern" through SPCA worker

      Chantal McCulligh
      Petition Organizer

      Where's the remorse? We live 2 doors down, and in an apartment where she has not inquired once about the situation of my roommate. It took her 5 days to show "concern" through the SPCA worker.

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    • carol Ⓥ crunkhorn AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
      • about 2 years ago

      If a dog is aggressive, there is usually a very good reason for it - a bad owner.

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    • Nicole Alex NACOGDOCHES, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      I was bit by a dog in the face and almost lost my life. i was unconscious and in emergency surgery for a week when i was three years old. I know how it feels.

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    • Marlene R KITCHENER, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm the room mate who got mauled by the dog. It's been two weeks of attempting to get back to a normal life, which has been challenging. I can't enjoy the sports that I love playing because even a simple walk results in a headache that pulsates all day long. Driving, walking, light duty work, simple every day activities are now accompanied by headaches. I've never experienced long suffering headaches in my lifetime. The mauling could've been easily prevented if the dog had been wearing a muzzle. It was a matter of seconds from the time I walked to the building, to when the dog owner walked out, to when I was attacked from behind and taken down by the dog. The experience was beyond terrifying. I thought I was going to bleed to death on the floor in the hallway of my apartment building. I feel so lucky to be alive. I would not want any person to feel the terror I lived through that night. Perhaps by enforcing stricter penalties on dog owners who forego the laws meant to protect us, we can prevent another person from living the nightmares I have experienced.

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    • Sarah Martin DELAWARE, OH
      • over 2 years ago

      Unfortunately, it is not the dogs fault, its the owners. It's all on how an animal is raised/trained. Ownership comes with responsibility, none of which this lady seems to have. But any animal that gets out of control like this needs to be taken care of properly, whether removal from the owner for rehabilitation or euthanization. I read your blog Chantal and was horrified to hear about the attack. Please send my speedy recovery wishes to Marlene!

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      • over 2 years ago

      I completely agree that stricter laws must be set for pet owners with a dog they have allowed or taught to be aggressive. If you would like to own a pet then you should make sure it is well taken care of and not a danger to society.

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