Dogs deemed aggressive may have more rights, according to MO bill

It does not matter whether the dog is a chihuahua or a mastiff – being bitten can be frightening as well as harmful. However, there is more of a focus on larger breeds when it comes to legislation controlling dangerous dogs, since big dogs can cause much more harm when they attack. Even so, many dog owners in Missouri and elsewhere feel that breed-specific legislation is unfair and stigmatizes entire breeds, when not all dogs of those certain breeds are vicious.

According to KOMU News, a bill that was recently introduced – HCS HB 297 – aims to keep Missouri residents safe from dangerous dogs while not penalizing entire breeds. Many communities or landlords ban certain breeds, such as pit bulls or German shepherds, regardless of an individual dog’s history. If passed, the bill would allow cities and counties to uphold leash laws and make other pet-specific safety laws, but not to target entire breeds.

Forbes explains that numerous large dog breeds have been responsible for the most fatal attacks in the United States, including pit bull terriers, rottweilers, German shepherds, mastiffs, boxers and others. This has prompted breed-specific laws in many states, as well as rules that exclude certain breeds from rental homes, neighborhoods with homeowners’ associations and home insurance coverage.

Many people are understandably frightened of dogs. Regardless of whether the bill passes, dog owners should know their responsibilities in training and socializing their pets, as well as preventing them from biting others. A negligent dog owner may be held liable for injuries.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Have A Legal Issue To Resolve?

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Email Us For A Response
Kelly,Symonds & Reed LLC
Free Initial Consultation | Se Habla Español

114 SW Third Street
Lee's Summit, MO 64063

Phone: 816-347-1818
Fax: 816-347-1854
Lee's Summit Law Office Map