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House panel puts muzzle on dangerous dogs after ‘gruesome’ attack on mail carrier

January 31, 2024

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The Bobby Payne bill comes after an incident in Putnam County last year.

A committee in the House moved forward a potential legislative solution to a canine conundrum.

Rep. Bobby Payne’s measure (HB 873) advanced unanimously by the Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee, would impose new parameters on how the state handles so-called dangerous dogs. He noted Virginia and Pennsylvania already have similar laws.

The bill requires the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to create a statewide Dangerous Dog Registry, which would rely on information provided by local animal control agencies.

Owners of potentially dangerous dogs would have to preemptively confine the dog in a fenced yard or a kennel to protect the public.

The legislation would also mandate that dogs being investigated be seized by the local animal control authority for the course of the probe.

Dogs protecting a home or an owner are exempt from this designation.

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