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Cumberland County passes $500 fine for dog bites

Posted May 4, 2015

Hallie Hall shows the injuries she received during a pit bull attack.
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— The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners voted 6-1 Monday morning to approve a $500 fine for owners whose dogs bite.

According to the revised Animal Control ordinance, the owner of a dog faces a $500 fine for any bite that results in the victim needing medical attention.

Officials say about 1,400 people have reported dog bites in Cumberland County in the past year. That's up about 40 percent from the average in the past few years.

Officials say packs of dogs have been reported in rural parts of the county.

Commission Chairman Ken Edge said he hopes the new ordinance would be a deterrent for owners of dangerous dogs.

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  • Shannon Robbins May 5, 2015
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    A fine, yes. For ANY bite? No. My property, properly confined and/or restrained and someone is trespassing, they do so at their own risk. Walking the dog and someone (regardless of age) tries to aggravate the dog, they do so at their own risk.

  • Marley Higgins May 5, 2015
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    boy. that headline makes it sound like they're going to start fining dogs. it's about time...

  • Michael Hunt May 5, 2015
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    In normal counties you have the ability to have a civil suit. Cumberland County is so poor they have to pay upfront because $500 is the max you'll get out of someone...

  • Melvin Denis May 5, 2015
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    It should be $500 + all medical cost.

  • Elizabeth Deaver May 5, 2015
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    Bite victims can be reimbursed for the medical expenses. The problem is that the victims (or their guardians) have to go through the court system to get relief.

  • Chris Vet May 5, 2015
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    Uh-- how about making the owner pay all medical bills too??

  • Matt Wood May 5, 2015
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    "Officials say packs of dogs have been reported in rural parts of the county."

    So who's responsible for them? Gonna be hard to charge a stray dog $500...

  • Sammy Macloud May 5, 2015
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    a $500 fine is great BUT I think the owners should be required to pay ALL the medical costs of the one bitten IF proven the victim bears no responsibility for causing said bite.