- Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A measure that could spare the lives of dogs that cause severe injuries to people is headed to Gov. Rick Scott.

The Florida Senate passed the House version of the bill (HB 0091) on Thursday. It allows for certain cases where a dog may be returned to its owner - such as defending a human or if someone is illegally on a property - instead of being euthanized. It also provides for discretionary, instead of mandatory, quarantine or impoundment.

If a dog has not been declared dangerous, it may be taken by animal control and placed in quarantine for 10 business days after the owner is notified. The owner can request a hearing during the quarantine period and is responsible for all costs and fees.

The bill also exempts police dogs from dangerous dog laws.

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