Sunday, March 15, 2009

The legal limbo of conflicting animal control laws...

In a case typifying the problem when state, county and local animal control laws are at odds with each other... one 2-year-old Rottweiler named Samson has spent nearly half his life in a local shelter. As more owners are willing to go to the mats for their companions, the growing legal battles are bringing discrepancies in the laws into sharper focus.

In Samson's case:
The state of Florida and city of Pembroke Pines abide by a "one-bite rule," meaning that if a dog bites another animal once, owners get a "slap on the wrist," and the dog's life is spared. Broward County, on the other hand, calls for any dog that causes severe injury or death to a domestic animal to be euthanized on the first offense.

"The space between the two laws has created 'a real Catch-22'" according to the lawyer for Samson's owner, animal law attorney Jennifer Dietz.

What exactly happened to Samson and where does his case stand now? Click for the rest of Amy Lieberman's Zootoo article.

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