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Senate Bill 0420


Senate Bill 0420

ARCHIVE (2007)

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL


Dog bites. Specifies that a dog owner may be held civilly liable if the owner's dog attacks a person who is carrying out a duty imposed by state law, federal law, postal regulations, or a local ordinance or under the authority of a public utility. Provides that a dog owner who knowingly or intentionally fails to restrain the owner's dog or fails to post a warning sign on the dog owner's property commits a Class B misdemeanor if: (1) the dog bites a person on the dog owner's property; (2) the person bitten was carrying out a duty imposed by state law, federal law, postal regulations, or a local ordinance or under authority of a public utility; and (3) the person bitten incurs serious bodily injury. Establishes enhanced penalties for repeat offenses or if the person bitten dies. Requires a person who has a duty to enter a dog owner's property but who cannot enter the owner's property because of the presence of the dog to obtain a court order or notify the property owner by certified mail of the person's inability to enter the dog owner's property.
    Current Status:
     In Committee - first House
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