Proposed legislation to protect people from “potentially dangerous animals” has been withdrawn by State Representative Keisha Waites.
On March 3, Waites decided to withdraw her proposed House Bill 313, otherwise known as “Logan’s Law.”
HB 313 proposed that the Department of Public Health provide information to customers looking to purchase or adopt a certain breed of dog, including the reported number of humans bitten by dogs, the total medical costs related to injuries caused by dogs in the United States and the total amount of damages awarded to victims of dog bites or dog attacks in the United States.
Waites, who represents portions of Atlanta and a portion of DeKalb County, proposed the legislation after a six-year-old boy was killed in a dog attack in January.
The boy, Logan Braatz was on the way to school when he and two other students were attacked by three dogs.
“I am an avid animal lover and proud dog owner, and my pet Chow Chow Sandi is a beloved family member. However, I understand that as a responsible pet owner, I must take the necessary precautions to ensure Sandi does not bite or injure others,” Waites said in a statement after withdrawing HB 313. “Unfortunately, my community has suffered several tragedies as a result of irresponsible dog owners, and we recently lost a little boy, Logan, to a dog violent fatal dog mauling. In the wake of Logan’s death, I introduced a bill that I believed might help in preventing future tragedies, legislation that would simply require dog bite statistics to be distributed upon purchasing or adopting a new pet.”
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