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Do you think pet owners should be punished if their animal harms a person?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on June 20, 2002

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“Yeah. My wife has been bitten. … If people can’t control their pets or train them to be unaggressive, they should be responsible for it.”

“If they know the animal is a threat, then yes, I think they should be.”

“Yes, I do, but I don’t think they should punish all pet owners, like the leash law. … I have a golden retriever, and I can’t throw him a stick.”

“Yes. They’re responsible for their animal. It’s not the dog’s fault. Dogs can be disciplined, and so can people.”

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