Broward Dog Face Death Penalty for Fatal Bite

labrador_death_row.jpgOur South Florida criminal defense lawyers have learned about a case involving a 9-year-old Labrador mix named Gigi who faces the death penalty for fatally biting another dog. The confrontation occurred in Weston on May 1. Broward County’s “one bit and you’re out” policy for dogs means that Gigi could be euthanized by lethal injection.

Gigi’s owner, an attorney, paid $500 to file an appeal. The owners of the dog was killed are pushing for the death penalty, since they’ve heard from other people that Gigi has had other run-ins involving smaller dogs. Her owner denies any violent history, saying he’d gladly keep her muzzled while outdoors if she were given a second chance.

Broward’s “dangerous dog” ordinance went into law two years ago, and it’s controversial, because it’s so much stricter than Florida state law, which allows two fatal attacks on animals before mandating euthanasia. The ordinance was upheld by a Broward Circuit judge and challenged by a ruling through an appeals court in West Palm Beach. Gigi remains in the custody of animal control.

Source: Does dog deserve death penalty for fatal bite?, South Florida Sun Sentinel, May 12, 2010
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