Alex JacksonIn California, 29-year-old Alex Jackson has been charged with a murder no one believes he physically committed. He's being charged because four of his pit bulls gruesomely mauled a woman to death.
It happened May 9 when 63-year-old Pamela Devitt was bitten by the dogs as many as 200 times while she was out jogging. She died on the way to the hospital. According to the Associated Press, while Jackson was arrested after the attack, he was then released until DNA tests were conducted. They came back showing that his dogs were indeed the attackers, and he will be arraigned tomorrow.
Authorities say it's a highly unusual case, and it certainly raises plenty of questions about the responsibility of pet owners. Should they really be held criminally accountable for the actions of their pets?
Absolutely they should. Pet owners have a responsibility to train their animals and prevent them from harming others. If the animals do get violent, it's not the animals' fault -- it's the fault of their owners, almost invariably. I'm sure there may be exceptions in which an otherwise well-trained and well-cared-for animal just snaps, but this doesn't appear to be one of them.
Police say there were at least three other reports of Jackson's dogs attacking people this year. That's completely reckless behavior to allow one's dogs to terrorize people like this. While Jackson may not have lifted a finger to physically harm Devitt, her blood is on his hands.
If convicted, he could spend life in prison, and that doesn't sound too harsh. Hopefully this case will send a strong message to other dog owners, to let them know they are responsible for the actions of their pets and can be held accountable for them.
Do you think it's fair that this man was charged with murder for what his dogs did?
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