June 24, 2019
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Bill would require owners to help victims when their dogs attack

CBS 13 | BDN
CBS 13 | BDN
Alicia Mitchell of Rumford describes a dog attack that sent her and her two teenage daughters to the hospital in an interview with CBS 13 last August. A new bill would require owners of dogs who attack to take specific steps to help the victims.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Maine legislative committee has signed off on a proposal that requires dog owners to assist people who are attacked by their animals.

The bill requires the owner of a dog that assaults a person to get aid for the injured person, contain the dog and provide a name and contact information to the injured person.

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The rules would apply when a dog injures a person to the point where the wounds require medical attention.

The proposal from Republican Sen. Matt Pouliot, R-Augusta, states that leaving an injured person without taking the appropriate measures would be a crime. Pouliot says he submitted the bill on behalf of a resident who was mauled by two dogs in a parking lot and received no help from the dogs’ owner.

 



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