Some States Legislating "Bite and Run"

Michigan is looking to pass a law that would make it a misdemeanor for a pet owner to flee the scene of a biting incident, punishable by a $500 fine and possible jail time. It’s not a bad idea for New Jerseyans, either. There are numerous incidents involving dog bites where the victim is unable to identify or locate the owner of the dog resulting in a total lack of recourse. As a practical matter, the owner’s presence at the scene of a dog bite may help the victim when he or she seeks treatment, because the owner will be able to attest to the dog’s health and vaccination records. For more information about the Michigan law, click here.

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