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New law from dog attack

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Despite the trauma she suffered, at least some good resulted from an 81-year-old Calico Rock woman's December 2006 dog attack.

March 5 a law allowing dog owners to be held criminally responsible for vicious dogs unanimously passed through the Senate 35-0.

If the bill drafted and sponsored by Rep. Eddie Cooper and Sen. Paul Miller, both of Melbourne, is signed into law, dog attacks would bring misdemeanor charges against the dog's owner and be punishable by a maximum $1,000 fine and up to one year in jail.

This bill also allows owners of vicious animals to pay restitution for injuries.

The bill was ignited by concerns heard from Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence after as many as four dogs inflicted multiple bites to Sue Kizzia's legs and backside Dec. 20.

At the time of the attack, Calico Rock did not have a viscous dog ordinance, only a leash law, which the city council has been working to strengthen and better enforce since the incident.

The dogs' alleged owners, Wesley and Donnisa Parker, were charged with second degree assault. Though they had a trial before Izard County District Judge C.B. Barksdale in February, it was not until March 23 that the judge declared the Parkers were innocent of all charges.

The Parkers have already paid $476 for the 51 days four of their dogs were impounded. They still have all nine of their dogs.

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