State Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, has sponsored a bill that would stop the practice of automatically euthanizing dogs after they bite and cause serious injury. A legislative subcommittee recently passed the bill with unanimous support. The current law mandates euthanasia for any dog that bites causing serious injury. Steube's bill would add exceptions to the law requiring euthanasia, providing for cases where the injured person was acting unlawfully, or where the dog was defending a human; the exceptions would not apply if a death occurred. Steube proposed the bill in response to the currently pending case of Padi, a 4-year-old male Labrador mix who is now facing euthanasia after he bit off part of a child's ear; the child allegedly cornered the dog under a desk at a veterinarian's office. Steube's bill has two more committee stops before it can reach the House floor; a similar measure is pending in the Senate.
For more information, see:
Kate Irby, Bradenton Herald, "Florida House subcommittee unanimously approves state Rep. Greg Steube's severe dog bite bill," October 7, 2015, http://www.bradenton.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article38060094.html
Lloyd Dunkelberger, HT Politics, "Steube's dog-bite bill advances in the House," October 7, 2015, http://politics.heraldtribune.com/2015/10/07/steubes-dog-bite-bill-advances-in-the-house/