LANDMARK LAW: Landlords are also held responsible for tenants' failure to curb menacing or aggressive behavior of pets or to properly confine them, under the new law.
Many may jump to conclusions about this new ordinance. It does not have to mean that Landlords will not rent to people with dogs. What it does mean is that should a landlord allow dogs they must at the very least provide a "A proper confined" area. Simply put FENCE THE YARD as all responsible pet owners should do.
If a Landlord is unwilling to provide proper fencing, then the Tenant Dog Owner should be responsible and bear the expense of fencing, Offer to split the cost of fencing with their Landlord OR move. Putting other people's lives at risk is not a fair exchange to say the least whether you are a Renter or a Home Owner.
This is about the RIGHTS OF VICTIMS. Responsible Dog owners take measures to protect their dogs and treat them like family. On the other hand IRRESPONSIBLE Dog owners neglect their animals, many are untrained, unmanageable and half the time do not even know where their dog is, as it runs a muck in the neighborhood.
Most lump sum payments are hard to get considering most Renters do not have their animals insured in the event there is an attack. However regardless of income - A Court Ordered Restitution Payment takes priority over any other expenses, A convicted individual has. The intent of the court is that the amount awarded to the Victim is paid swiftly and on a regular basis. In my case it could range in upwards of Payments $450.00 per month.
States impose a variety of other consequences for defaulting on a Restitution Order:
- Suspension of a driver's license or motor vehicle registration, or prohibiting the reinstatement of a license or registration previously revoked, where restitution is outstanding.
- Ineligibility for expungement of criminal records (removal of permanent criminal records) if restitution is outstanding. In a Plea bargain Jail Time is excused if the terms of the probation are met. During the time the Criminal is paying Restitution it is Probation. If Restitution is not paid the Criminal losses the terms of the Plea Bargain and will serve the original Jail Sentence in Tiffaney's case it could be up to 5 years.
- Ineligibility for restoration of voting rights where restitution is not paid.
- Ineligibility for public benefits. One who defaults in the payment of restitution may not receive public assistance. Housing, food stamps, Medicaid etc.
- Arrest. A warrant may be issued for the arrest of a misdemeanor defendant who has defaulted in payment and failed to respond to other efforts to address the delinquency. The bond on the warrant is cash, and is set for the total amount due.
- A visit to the defendant's home might help the defendant to identify assets that can be sold, or major new purchases that indicate an offender has undisclosed income.
- Wage attachment.
- One low cost collection method is a wage attachment or garnishment order. Some states issue an order at the time restitution is ordered; others permit courts to issue an order when a defendant defaults. In some jurisdictions, a wage attachment is entered at the time of sentencing, although it may not be enforced until the defendant defaults. Installment Payment Agreement form includes the defendant's agreement to an assignment of wages in the event of default.
- Income tax refunds and other sources of collection.Eighteen states now allow outstanding victim restitution orders to be collected from a defendant's income tax refund. In addition to those states,
- Income tax refunds have proved to be an important source method of collection.
In all of the defaults outlined above, if collection procedures are initiated due to default additional. fines, penalties and interest in then incorporated to cover expenses the State incurs.
I continue to gathered information and present this same Law in my community. Under the circumstances this is perfect timing in my case and I will be trying to get this law incorporated into my County, you should too.
To raise more awareness about the potentially fatal scenario, the
Here is A Community approach to dog bite prevention Guide PDF From American Veterinary Medical Association Task Force on Canine Aggression and Human-Canine Interactions: https://www.avma.org/public/Health/Documents/dogbite.pdf
How big is the problem? Dog bite statistics WHY LAWS NEED TO BE INCREASED
- An estimated 4.7 million dog bites occur in the U.S. each year
- Nearly 800,000 dog bites require medical care
- Approximately 92% of fatal dog attacks involved male dogs, 94% of which were not neutered
- Approximately 25% of fatal dog attacks involved chained dogs
- Approximately 71% of bites occur to the extremities (arms, legs, hands, feet)
- Approximately two-thirds of bites occurred on or near the victim’s property, and most victims knew the dog
- The insurance industry pays more than $1 Billion in dog-bite claims each year
- At least 25 different breeds of dogs have been involved in the 238 dog-bite-related fatalities in the U.S.
- Approximately 24% of human deaths involved unrestrained dogs off of their owners’ property
- Approximately 58% of human deaths involved unrestrained dogs on their owners’ property
- In response to these statistics, many communities have enacted breed-specific legislation (BSL) that prohibits ownership of certain breeds, such as pit bulls, Rottweilers and others. DO NOT CONDEMN THE DOG PROSECUTE THE
- Any breed of dog can bite, and research suggests BSL does little to protect the community from dog-bite incidents.
- In fact, BSL can often have unintended consequences -- such as black-market interest and in discriminant breeding practices -- resulting in subsequent breed overpopulation that leads to increases in the number of homeless, stray and euthanized dogs.
- Enforcement of BSL has been shown to be very costly and extremely difficult to enforce. One county in Maryland spent more than $560,000 maintaining pit bulls (not including payroll, cross-agency costs and utilities), while fees generated only $35,000.5
- Responsible breeding and ownership, public education and enforcement of existing laws are the most effective ways of reducing dog bites.
- American Humane supports local legislation to protect communities from dangerous animals, but does not advocate laws that target specific breeds of dogs.
- 50% of dog attacks involved children under 12 years old
- 82% of dog bites treated in the emergency room involved children under 15 years old
- 70% of dog-bite fatalities occurred among children under 10 years old
- Bite rates are dramatically higher among children who are 5 to 9 years old
- Unsupervised newborns were 370 times more likely than an adult to be killed by a dog
- 65% of bites among children occur to the head and neck
- Boys under the age of 15 years old are bitten more often than girls of the same age