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"First Bite" felony?

Oklahoma_An Oklahoma lawmaker wants to put an end to the epidemic of vicious dogs who bite and then are allowed to bite again.

Representative Paul Wesslehoft of Moore says Oklahoma operates under the "first bite is free" principle. He wants to end that and he believes that a majority of Oklahomans agree.  His bill would make it a felony for a vicious dog to bite someone the first time out.

In order for a bite to be considered a felony, according to Wesslehoft, the bite must be vicious.  It must be serious enough to send a victim to the hospital to be stitched because of muscle damage, tissue damage or multiple wounds.

If the dog's owner is found guilty, he'd have a mandatory year in prison and a 10-thousand dollar fine.

 

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