Dangerous Dog Bill Heads to Perry's Desk

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AUSTIN, Texas -- The state House Monday sent to Governor Rick Perry a bill to provide for possible prison time for owners of pets that attack people.

The measure provides for charging a dog owner with a third-degree felony if the dog makes an unprovoked attack and seriously injures the person. The felony would be punishable by up to two to ten years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

If the victim dies, the charge could be a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

The Senate approved the measure last week.

The legislation was in the spotlight this legislation session because of a fatal dog attack in the Austin area on 76-year-old Lillian Stiles. She was attacked by six dogs after getting off of her riding lawn mower at her home near Thorndale.