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"Aggressive Dog Owner's Responsibility Law"
Our beloved miniature poodle, Fabian, was killed by an unleashed pit-bull on September 5, 2009. Fabian was on his owner’s leash, in his driveway, when the neighbor’s aggressive dog ran out of their backyard, from across the street, and viciously attacked Fabian. Minutes later, Fabian was rushed to an emergency animal hospital but did not survive.
The owner of the aggressive dog could not be held civilly or criminally liable for Fabian’s death because there was no current law or ordinance to hold a dog’s owner accountable for a “dog-on-dog” attack.
In 2009 when Fabian was killed, there was 580 "dog-on-dog" attacks. In 2010, this number has nearly doubled with 900 "dog-on-dog" attacks, and 5,825 dog attacks upon human's, in Maricopa County alone.
Two ordinary people, Richard and Sally Andrade of Glendale, Arizona turned a tragic event and championed for legislation for an “Aggressive Dog Owner Responsibility Law”, after their dog Fabian. This statewide Law is dedicated, not only to Fabian, but to all dog owners who have either been victims of or have lost their pet due to a “dog-on-dog” attack. Fabian's Law is also for the people who have been victims of dog attacks.
The five areas of Fabian’s Law are:
· Aggressive dog
· Reasonable care requirement
Since 2009, we had been advocating Legislation to hold irresponsible dog owners both civilly and criminally responsible for their pet’s actions, especially when it involves in a dog-on-dog attack.
Since Fabian’s death, between September 5, 2009 and June 5, 2010, there had been more than 3,100 dog related bites, with 755 dog-on-dog attacks, just in Maricopa County.
In 2010, before we established Fabian’s Law, HB2044 passed overwhelmingly in the House of Representatives, but died in the Senate, because a Senator believed “is there not already enough government intervention” in our lives. Knowing these statistics, would this same Senator think these “attacks” do not impact our lives?
Despite this initial setback, on April 25, 2011, Governor Janice Brewer signed HB2137 into law ‑ “Fabian’s Law.”
To read more about the legislative history to Fabian’s Law, visit our "Legislative Process" page.
Fabian’s Law is not, has not, and never has been about Breed Select Legislation.
Fabian’s Law is about protecting the rights of Responsible Pet Owners who comply with State Laws and punishing those that allow their “aggressive dogs” to attack that result in either injury or death to a Person or Domestic Animal.
A Person Who Owns Or Who Is Responsible For The Care Of An Aggressive Dog Shall Take Reasonable Care To:
· Prohibit The Dog From Escaping To The Outside Of A Residence Or An Enclosed Area, Yard Or Structure.
· Control The Dog In A Manner That Prevents The Dog From Biting Or Attacking A Person Or Domestic Animal At All Times While The Dog Is Off The Owner’s Or Responsible Person’s Property.
· “Aggressive Dog” Means Any Dog That Has Bitten A Person Or Domestic Animal Without Provocation Or That Has A Known History Of Attacking Persons Or Domestic Animals Without Provocation.
Fabian’s Law is not only about our furry family members but also about our Grandparents, Parents, Brothers and Sisters and most importantly, our Children.
Every year in the United States, approximately 4.5 million people are victims of dog bites. More than 300,000 people are admitted to hospitals annually for treatment for dog-bite wounds. Almost one half of all dog-bite victims are children under age 12.
We are not done, we will assist victims from other States that are trying to enact Fabian’s Law, which will protect the rights of Responsible Dog Owners.
If you or a loved one has become a victim of an "Aggressive Dog" and you need help, Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Richard & Sally Andrade, Fabian’s Law