On September 12, 2008, a 4-month-old baby girl in North Las Vegas was killed by her parents’ pit bulls. This infant was in her stroller, watched by her grandmother. The dogs were in the backyard and they somehow got into the house. When they attacked the girl, the grandmother wrestled her away from them. But they managed to get the baby away from her, and finished the child off. (Click here to read the article.)
This happened in Nevada, a one bite state. These states tell dog owners that they don’t have to worry about liability for dog bites until their dogs have actually hurt someone or clearly demonstrated the desire to do so. Until then, dog owners don’t have to take any extra precautions.
Is that all we expect from dog owners? From parents? Most American states have modified the one bite rule in some way, and even replaced it with strict liability laws. Isn’t it time for the entire USA to repudiate this old English rule?
How many children have to die before we tighten the leash on dog owners?