As a representative of a rural area, Mr. Getty said a lot of his constituents have livestock and animals for protection.
“Dogs are not inherently dangerous,” he said.
Ms. Mizeur said the House bill’s approach was “reverting the common law back to the one-bite rule, except if a dog is running loose.”
Prior to the court’s ruling, liabilities related to dog bites were the same for every breed.
“We don’t want to do something that tries to fix one problem and unknowingly create a whole other cast of problems,” she said.
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