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June 6, 2012 Poll Results

Should dog owners be required to have liability insurance?

Yes 39% 115 votes
No 60% 178 votes
Total: 293 Votes

Note: This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


June 7, 2012
7:30 p.m.

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How many 'quality' citizens are keeping untrained unregistered dogs of questionable temperament in their homes or backyards? Chances are this type of dog owners lack basic homeowners or renters insurance to start with, much less the financial means to compensate a victim in case of an attack involving physical harm.
That leaves Joe Citizen out in the cold if 'killa' or 'bad rover' escaped his logging chain, or hap hazard backyard fencing and decided to eat a small child or the mailman.
Sometimes the government has an obligation to legislate common sense and simple humanity when it comes to protecting innocent citizens. We need to get a handle on these bad owners, and the people who supply the dogs to anyone who has a few hundred bucks to buy them, but no intent to train, maintain and care for them in an adult and responsible way.
It's another level of government, but it is absolutely the right thing to do.

June 8, 2012
3:06 p.m.

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airedale - Interesting thoughts, but insurance would be required not just for owners of "dogs of questionable temperance", as you put it. There would likely be different levels of insurance depending on the breed of dog, but everyone who owns a dog would have to prove their dog is insured. And,for intance, is the dog spayed/neutered? If not, additional coverage will be required for each puppy by the time they reach 90-days of age, etc.

The worse thing is found in your last sentence. You say you believe the way to tackle the occasional nasty dog problem would require another level of government, and that it "is absolutely the right thing to do."

Some would say that's pure craziness. I might agree.

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