Author: Kenneth M. Phillips

Bad Dog Registries Are Sorely Needed

There is no way to see how many bad dogs live in a neighborhood (without encountering them, unpleasantly, yourself). There are no online “crime blotters” or maps showing the locations of dog bite incidents and irresponsible dog owners. The time has come to make this information available to the public. That’s why some cities are […]
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Umbrella Insurance Can Increase Medical Payment Coverage

An appellate court in New Jersey issued an important opinion a few months ago, holding that a homeowners insurance policy on a house in one city provides coverage for a second house in another city that was underinsured. Significantly, the umbrella policy covering the first house applied to the medical payment limit, thereby increasing medical […]
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An Ordinary Day of Mayhem in Pitbull-Land

Today’s headlines about pit bulls: People Magazine: “Iowa Woman Loses Legs and Needs Facial Reconstruction Surgery After Being Mauled by 3 Pit Bulls.” City Watch Los Angeles: “Pit Bull Attacks: Is the Breed, the Owner, or a Lack of Law-Enforcement to Blame?” Atlanta City Press: “Atlantic City man beat pit bull with pipe, police say.” […]
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Impairment and Disability – How They Differ

Courts and insurance companies might treat two dog bite victims with the same injuries very differently. The difference may be based on the distinctions between impairment and disability. The injuries might produce the same impairments, but one victim might be disabled while the other might not. For example, a young person with a good education […]
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A Day in the Life of the Pit Bull Owner

The headlines, like the nature and temperament of this type of dog, do not change from day to day, week to week, year to year. The type of dog we call a “pit bull” was meticulously bred for sudden, dedicated violence. The goal of this type of dog is not to bite, but to shred, […]
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Shelters Can Be Forced to Tell the Whole Truth

“The Pit Bull Meat Grinder Case” (Alvarado v. City of Los Angeles) Will Force Shelters to Tell Adopters in Writing the Whole Truth about a Dog’s Bite History and the Circumstances of Any Bite. In September 2020, 70-year-old Argelia Alvarado became another victim of our nation’s animal shelters which, simply to boost their own reputations, trick […]
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Be a Foster, Not a Sucker!

Take a dog on your terms, not the shelter’s terms. The paperwork they want you to sign contains a waiver of all your rights if that dog mauls you or your family. Don’t sign it! A group of dog fosters wrote to me after one of their members (named John) was attacked by a dog […]
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