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Mandatory Dog Insurance Proposed in New York

A bill that would require all dog owners in the state of New York to carry liability insurance for their pets has been introduced in...
April 27, 2004

A bill that would require all dog owners in the state of New York to carry liability insurance for their pets has been introduced in the state assembly. The proposal would permit legal action by victims of dog attacks while requiring all dog owners to meet insurance and licensing requirements. Among the bill's features: the state Department of Insurance would be required to work with insurers on creating canine liability insurance. The premium would be based on the breed of the canine and data of known dangers of the canine. Those not properly licensed and insured would face fines and eventual impoundment of their dogs. Owners of an insured deemed dangerous would have to post a sign on the door of their domain stating to the public, "Beware of Dangerous Dog." New York State Assemblyman Peter M. Rivera (D) nicknamed his bill Elijah's Law" for a three-year-old boy, Elijah Torres, who was seriously injured in an attack by a Rottweiler in the Bronx in October 2003.

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