I was quoted accurately in Newsday as saying that these changes have been escalating around the USA. (Click here to read the Newsday article.) It makes sense because in the 1600s there were no pit bulls, the practice of dog fighting had not been invented, there was no insurance industry to spread the risks, and there was no USA with its focus on fairness and human rights. All those things have changed, and that is why dogs have lost their right to bite in most states.
The news is that New York’s highest court is, once again, faced with a disfigured dog bite victim who needs to make an insurance claim, but who cannot unless the laws are changed. The judges have another shot at getting it right. Let’s see how they rule, in the next few months. (To read about the case, click on the link in the prior paragraph.)