Connecticut Lawmakers Ban Breed Specific Legislation

Due to the devastating injuries that can result from a Connecticut Dog Bite, it is important to ensure there is legislation to hold owners responsible for the actions of their animals. Some areas in the state have attempted to enact breed-specific legislation that bans certain types of dogs from residing within a municipality’s boundaries.

Take the case of a Dunbar Hill neighborhood, highlighted in an article from the Middletown Patch, which attempted to ban pit bulls after an animal resembling the breed attacked another dog. In response to concerns regarding these attempts to pass breed-specific legislation, the state legislature passed a bill this week prohibiting such laws from being enacted.

Officials cited numerous studies showing targeted breeds to be no more dangerous than any other. Another study from 2010 showed that to prevent hospitalizations due to dog bites, a city or town would have to ban more than 100,000 animals. That number of banned animals must also double in order to prevent another hospitalization from occurring.

The Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyers with Carter Mario Law Firm points out that regardless of the breed, a dog bite can leave a victim with serious injuries and staggering medical bills. The firm encourages anyone who has suffered such an injury to contact an attorney to discuss your legal options.