Some Bronx politicians propose bill to help dog attack victims get compensation

Some Bronx politicians are working to help victims of dog attacks.

Bronx politicians say under a current law, if a dog bites a cow its owner is penalized more than if it bit a child. Assemblyman Ruben Diaz Jr. (D-Bronx) has proposed a law that would increase fines for dog owners whose canine attacks. The proposal would also help victims get compensation for lost wages, medical bills and counseling.

Diaz says the proposal targets Bronx residents who train dogs to be used as weapons. Many Bronx residents say steeper fines will encourage dog owners to be more responsible for their dogs and prevent attacks.

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