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.
A recent finding by animal control officials in Florida’s Lake County shows why dangerous dog laws are necessary to protect the public from injury.
A 3-year-old American bulldog named Goliath has been labeled dangerous by the municipal Animal Service department after biting and injuring a 7-year-old on January 9, according to reports in the local Orlando Sentinel newspaper. This victim was the second person bitten by the dog within three years. The injuries were not as severe as some other local cases but they were significant enough to get the attention of local public officials.