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'Dangerous' Dog Bill up for vote in Texas Senate

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 3:41pm

Dog lovers could face serious time in prison if their pet kills an infant or an elderly person.

East Texas Representative Chuck Hopson filed the Dangerous Dog Bill back in February, and Wednesday, it's facing a final vote in the Texas House.

If House Bill 1389 becomes law, owners could face life in prison, if they're deemed 'dangerous' dog fatally attacks someone. 

Right now, if a 'dangerous' dog attacks and injures a person, it's a third degree felony, which comes with a 2 to 10-year prison sentence. But if the dog kills, it's a second degree felony and the owner serves up to 20-years behind bars.

The House approved the bill on a 123-7 vote.

Following a procedural vote, the measure will go to the senate for consideration.
 

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