Tommy: Who is responsible when a pit bull attacks?
When I saw the latest on that tragic pit bull attack in Houma, I was shocked. It's not a horror movie, but "pit bulls on steroids" are becoming part of the investigation into the fatal incident. Does owning a dangerous pet come with the same responsibility as owning a gun? How do you determine what makes a pet "dangerous?”
Another question I wanted to find an answer to was “Who’s at fault here?” When a dog attacks someone, is the person watching the dog the one responsible; or is the owner responsible as well?
I asked our guest, Loyola Law Professor Dane Ciolino; and he told me, ““If the mother was negligent in letting the child go near the dog, or not watching the child in the presence of the dog, then both the mother and the dog's owner could be charged with negligent homicide possibly, or cruelty to juveniles." He continued, "It’s the mother’s duty to watch this 4 year old child. And if she breaches that duty, she can be – just like the owner of the dog – criminally responsible.”
So that’s what the expert thinks, but what do YOU think? Listen to the whole interview and let us know in the comments.
FULL AUDIO: Tommy talks to Loyola Law Professor Dane Ciolino about pit bull attack
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