Austin dog owner can keep dogs that bit neighbor

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Dog owners have a responsibility to keep their pets from biting or otherwise injuring other people. Some dog owners are extremely conscientious, only allowing their dog out with a muzzle when it's on a leash or keeping it secured within a fenced area. However, other dog owners are not as responsible. For one Austin, Texas, man, three dogs that got out from a residence at the corner of Pointer Lane and Payton Gin Road ended up causing him injury. The dog attack happened on July 17 and involved a man just down the street from where the dogs lived. The owner says that the dogs, which are pit bulls, ending up scratching the man on his neck and biting his face. The man attempted to get away from the dogs by striking them with his hands even as he felt the teeth of one dog on his face. He managed to get inside his home. His roommate got a bat and swung that the attacking animals. The dogs ran away. The police responded to the incident, and one of the pit bulls has been placed in quarantine. However, the dog will be returned to its owner. He will be able to keep the other dogs as well. There have not been any criminal charges filed as of yet, although the animals could be classified as dangerous dogs. Dogs with that classification must be registered, and an insurance policy of at least $10,000 must be purchased by the owner. Should an animal be involved in a second biting incident, the owner could face criminal charges and a possible fine of up to $10,000. Dog bites can be serious or even fatal. Texas residents who have been bitten should seek appropriate medical attention and ensure that they know their legal rights when it comes to compensation. Source:  KTBC Fox 7 Austin, "Owner allowed to keep dogs accused of attacking man" Jul. 23, 2014

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