Local legislators are proposing legislation that will increase criminal penalties on owners of dangerous animals.

Just owning a dangerous animal won’t get a person prosecuted, however, when the animal attacks another person, that’s a different story.

Since November 2017, two people in Jackson and Marshall counties have died due to animal attacks. That’s not to mention others who have suffered injuries.

The fact is owners have to be held responsible and accountable when it comes to their animals.

“I am confident we can craft a bill that protects the public and encourages owners to prevent their animals from doing harm,” said House Majority Leader Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville).

The proposed legislation would bring criminal charges to an owner of animal that attacks someone.

And it’s not just a local issue. During 2017, dog-mauling attacks killed 57 individuals in the U.S. and Canada.

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