Dogs may lose right to bite

Dogs may lose right to bite

There are 192 comments on the Newsday story from Feb 19, 2008, titled Dogs may lose right to bite. In it, Newsday reports that:

Dog owner Juan Abel Mendez, said he was "beside himself" when his pet bit an 8-year-old girl's face in 2003.

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Candy

Rockaway, NJ

#1 Feb 19, 2008
GOOD.
already taxed out

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#2 Feb 19, 2008
ok,, but let's make things FAIR

CATS should be on LEASHES
cats if they SCRATCH or bite should follow this rule too

and people too,, you you bite or mame, or kill,,that's it your done.
Not Impressed

Milford, CT

#3 Feb 19, 2008
This is retarded! Lawyers should loose the right to sue, only then will we all be safer.
Not Impressed

Milford, CT

#4 Feb 19, 2008
BTW, dog bites are not on the rise, just people who sue for getting bit.
chandler

Huntsville, AL

#5 Feb 19, 2008
NO!!!!!!!!!! i wouldn't recommend this!!! dogs bite to defend themselfs!!!
Pit Bull owner

Caldwell, NJ

#6 Feb 19, 2008
this law would essentially outlaw dog ownership

I hope none of you people enjoy going to your kids baseball of softball games
baseball and softball are the number one cause of emergency room visits
More people are murdered by baseball bats than are killed by dogs
Certainly this cannot continue
baseball is an antiquated game that has no place in current society
21st Century human beings cannot be trusted to own blunt heavy objects that can be used to bludgoen other people to death
Even though this case is not about a fatality
on average 20 people a year get killed by dogs
45,000 people a year get killed by automobiles
40% of those are alcohol related
so clearly 21st Century man is not capable of controlling such machinery and those machines need to be banned
400,000 people a year die from smoking cigarettes
ban smoking
350 people drown in their own bathtub
ban bathtubs

It's time for another Revolution when people think it is good to remove Constitutionl right of presumption of innocence
How about people should be responsible for their children
so if you have a child and that child kills himself and one of his friends in your car
than you should be imprisoned in his or her place
How does that sound Candy
maybe there should be a license or aptitutde test
if you can't pass the aptitude test you should be spayed or nuetered and not allowed to reproduce

or maybe it is time for another Revolution or Civil War in this country

Human Beings and Dogs have co-existed for 10,000 years

I hope Danielle and her Shiester father get killed in an accident on the way to court

I love how the article points a finger at Pit Bulls, when this case has nothing to do with Pit Bulls
Pit Bulls are 17th on the list of problem biters
Labs are number 1

the dictionary defintion of the modern American:
Sheeple, spineless shells that resemble once proud bi pedal hominids
defined by a total lack of common sense and responsibilty for their own actions
Hang Carol Weiner
Pit Bull owner

Caldwell, NJ

#7 Feb 19, 2008
to those who don't know who Carol Weiner is
she was the adult human being who was Danille's guardian that day and who should have set the guidelines on what is considred petting
getting in a dog's face and hugging him while he's tethered in his own territory, might be construed as an assertion of dominance by an animal, and the animal reacted because the adult human beings did not
Pit Bull owner

Caldwell, NJ

#8 Feb 19, 2008
and Danielle if this law passes
unlike your close circle of support
EVERY dog owner in America will HATE you if this law passes
I hope you pay attention to how many dogs get turned into shelter the next day and get killed
because their blood is on YOUR hands

you did something wrong too
what you did goes beyond just petting the dog
your guardian that day did not adequately protect you
did you sue her also ?
She is just as responsible for this as the dog owner

I've owned Pit Bulls for 25 years
none of my dogs has ever bit anyone
but I pay attention when people interact with my dog
Joey Walnuts

Port Washington, NY

#9 Feb 19, 2008
So much for the doctrine of "one free bite".
Held Responsible

Fishkill, NY

#10 Feb 19, 2008
Finally the day has come when dog owners are held responsible and can't just simply get away with the old cliche "my dog would never....."

And when the dog does attack the owner or other sympathizers stoop to extreme lows in their own personal and feeble attempt to justify what basically, simply and primitively amounts to nothing less than ANIMAL BEHAVIOR.

I'd say its a good time to step up to the plate dog owners and protect our children.

Like the commercial says....

COULD'VE SEEN IT COMING LIKE AN ATOM BOMB........
karl

Palm Harbor, FL

#11 Feb 19, 2008
MORE POLICE STATE tactics!!!!!!! Could it have been that the "darling" 8-year old actually PROVOKED the dog????
Rover

Bronx, NY

#12 Feb 19, 2008
Between lawyers and stupid people in general this country is going down the tubes. If you are a parent and you let your child get close to a strange dog you are stupid. If you are a lawyer - well - most are the scum of the earth. I've owned dogs all my life and never had one attack someone. Another poster brought up cats - I've been scratched and bitten by people's cats....will the law apply to them also? Is it OK for a cat to come strolling in my yard to take a dump in my garden while my dog has to be leashed and kept off of other people's property?
Rover

Bronx, NY

#13 Feb 19, 2008
Candy wrote:
GOOD.
You're very eloquent.....you must be a cat owner.
Dogs

Danbury, CT

#14 Feb 19, 2008
Dogs Bite Cause they dont know any better.. I got bit by a SMALL dog .. I did NOTHING but try to pet the dog its a nice dog someone in the family owns it .. I have marks on my hand now that will not go away people need to control their own dogs.... if they continue to bit they should be Sue'd or the dogs should be put in a shelter or put down
Held Responsible

Fishkill, NY

#15 Feb 19, 2008
Pit Bull owner wrote:
and Danielle if this law passes
unlike your close circle of support
EVERY dog owner in America will HATE you if this law passes
I hope you pay attention to how many dogs get turned into shelter the next day and get killed
because their blood is on YOUR hands
you did something wrong too
what you did goes beyond just petting the dog
your guardian that day did not adequately protect you
did you sue her also ?
She is just as responsible for this as the dog owner
I've owned Pit Bulls for 25 years
none of my dogs has ever bit anyone
but I pay attention when people interact with my dog
Wow! Such animosity, vitriol, and hostility that was just conveyed by you to the world.

Its hard to believe that your Pit Bulls have so far not bitten anybody. Especially considering that it is widely believed that domestic animals, particularly of the canine variety, will mimic their master's behavior/demeanor.
Michael Upper Echelon

Hempstead, NY

#16 Feb 19, 2008
The vast majority of people deserve to be bit
New York Groove

Stony Brook, NY

#17 Feb 19, 2008
karl wrote:
MORE POLICE STATE tactics!!!!!!! Could it have been that the "darling" 8-year old actually PROVOKED the dog????
Thank you!!!. Can't tell you how many times that I have seen that "darling" child provoking a dog. Parents, keep a better eye on your kids
ban pets period

Tucson, AZ

#18 Feb 19, 2008
When we let our brother starve, but feed Fido, something is wrong with the world. People should have plants and that's it. I have yet to have one of my precious ferns attack anyone.
ejbnme

Woodside, NY

#19 Feb 19, 2008
Have one less cup of coffee, Massapequa
Pit Bull owner wrote:
this law would essentially outlaw dog ownership
I hope none of you people enjoy going to your kids baseball of softball games
baseball and softball are the number one cause of emergency room visits
More people are murdered by baseball bats than are killed by dogs
Certainly this cannot continue
baseball is an antiquated game that has no place in current society
21st Century human beings cannot be trusted to own blunt heavy objects that can be used to bludgoen other people to death
Even though this case is not about a fatality
on average 20 people a year get killed by dogs
45,000 people a year get killed by automobiles
40% of those are alcohol related
so clearly 21st Century man is not capable of controlling such machinery and those machines need to be banned
400,000 people a year die from smoking cigarettes
ban smoking
350 people drown in their own bathtub
ban bathtubs
It's time for another Revolution when people think it is good to remove Constitutionl right of presumption of innocence
How about people should be responsible for their children
so if you have a child and that child kills himself and one of his friends in your car
than you should be imprisoned in his or her place
How does that sound Candy
maybe there should be a license or aptitutde test
if you can't pass the aptitude test you should be spayed or nuetered and not allowed to reproduce
or maybe it is time for another Revolution or Civil War in this country
Human Beings and Dogs have co-existed for 10,000 years
I hope Danielle and her Shiester father get killed in an accident on the way to court
I love how the article points a finger at Pit Bulls, when this case has nothing to do with Pit Bulls
Pit Bulls are 17th on the list of problem biters
Labs are number 1
the dictionary defintion of the modern American:
Sheeple, spineless shells that resemble once proud bi pedal hominids
defined by a total lack of common sense and responsibilty for their own actions
Hang Carol Weiner
ejbnme

Woodside, NY

#20 Feb 19, 2008
I had to leave 2 parks today just because some idiots feel it's ok to have their dogs OFF THE LEASH. I was beside myself. Next time I will have a bat & pepper spray (for the owners)

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