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?