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Introduced Version House Concurrent Resolution 78 History

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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 78

(By Delegates Anderson, Argento, Azinger, Barker, Beach, Blair,

Border, Butcher, Campbell, Canterbury, Caputo, Cowles, Crosier,

Doyle, Eldridge, Ellem, Ferro, Givens, Hall, Hunt, Hutchins,

Ireland, Klempa, Kominar, Longstreth, Louisos, Manchin,

Marshall, Martin, Michael, Moore, Morgan, Overington, Paxton,

Perdue, Pethtel, Phillips, D. Poling, M. Poling, Porter,

Reynolds, Rodighiero, Romine, Rowan, Shook, Shott, Skaff,

Smith, Stephens, Stowers, Susman, Swartzmiller,

Talbott, Webster, Wells and White)



Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study the need to update the West Virginia Code to include a definition of vicious dog and the confinement of such dogs.

Whereas, There currently are 74.8 million dogs in the United States of America; and
Whereas, A survey by the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta concluded that dogs bit nearly two percent of the United States population - more than 4.7 million people annually. Almost 800,000 bites per year, one out of every six, are serious enough to require medical attention; and
Whereas, The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates half of all children twelve years of age and under have been bitten by a dog. According to the American Medical Association, dog bites are the second leading cause of childhood injury, surpassing playground accidents; and
Whereas, The median age of patients bitten was fifteen years, with children, especially boys aged five to nine years, having the highest incident rate; and
Whereas, Approximately twenty people die every year as a result of a dog attack in the United States. By far, the majority of the victims are children; and
Whereas, The Center for Disease Control reported that twenty- five breeds of dogs were involved in two hundred thirty-eight fatal dog bites from 1979-1998. More than fifty percent of the deaths for which the breed was known were caused by Pit Bull type dogs and Rottweilers; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study the need to update the West Virginia Code to include a definition of vicious dog and the confinement of such dogs; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the Regular Session of the Legislature, 2010, on its findings, conclusions and recommendation, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.
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