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Florida Lawmakers Expected to Review Dangerous Dog Law in February

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on February 8, 2012

Orlando personal injury lawyer James O. Cunningham and other attorneys throughout Florida will be monitoring news out of Tallahassee this coming February when lawmakers are expected to vote on a bill in the Florida House that would abolish a dangerous dog ordinance in Miami-Dade County. Florida’s current dangerous dog law was passed in 1990 and allows local governments to take appropriate action against dogs deemed dangerous after a complaint is made and served on their owners. Owners can appeal the dangerous dog classification in county court and, depending on the county’s ruling, may be required to register animals with their county’s animal control department. If an animal’s actions warrant it, the county can issue an order to have the animal impounded and/or destroyed.

The current law prohibits local governments from regulating specific breeds of dogs, but bans on pit bulls and other breeds with reputations for aggressiveness in Miami-Dade County and several municipalities were allowed to continue, as they were in place before the law went into effect. County lawmakers passed the Miami-Dade ban in 1989, after a pit bull viciously mauled an eight-year-old girl, leaving her permanently disfigured.

The proposed bill slated for review in February would abolish longstanding bans on pit bulls and other dangerous dog breeds in Miami-Dade County and other locations in Florida. Mr. Cunningham and other personal injury attorneys in Central Florida hope that legislators veto the bill and allow local ordinances to continue keeping residents safe from dangerous dog breeds.

Mr. Cunningham has been helping people injured in dog attacks since 1977 and fully endorses any laws that ban dog breeds with reputations for aggressiveness and unprovoked attacks. He knows very well that young people and the elderly are especially likely to be seriously injured by pit bulls and other dangerous dog breeds, as he has successfully helped them seek damages against negligent dog owners. These damages help injured people cover hospital care, expensive plastic surgery and lost wages, and they compensate them for pain and suffering and other costs caused by attacks. If you or a close family member has been injured in a dog attack and you would like to explore your legal options, call Mr. Cunningham at 888-425-2004 or 407-425-2000 to schedule a consultation. Call today to get an experienced Orlando personal injury attorney with a proven record of success in these cases on your side.

James O. Cunningham

James O. CunninghamSince 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.

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