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Maine representative planning to propose dog-attack legislation

The bill would make it a felony with jail time for dog owners who leave a scene after their dog has attacked someone.

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- Maine District 86 Representative Matt Pouliot (R) held a press conference today to announce a bill he plans to propose in the next legislative session.

The bill would make it a felony with jail time for dog owners who leave a scene after their dog has attacked someone.

Pouliot says he was inspired to make the bill after meeting Cynthia Roodman, a woman who was violently attacked by a dog while in a Gardiner parking lot in July.

“I’m not the first, I’m not the last, and I’m by far not the worst victim of a dog attack,” Roodman said. “Mine was brutal. Mine was vicious. But I want to be a voice for people who have gone through this.”

The punishment for said crime is currently $250.

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