By now everyone has heard about the gruesome mauling of Roy McSweeney in Hawthorne, FL. If you haven't, click here and here. This nightmare has sparked interest in Florida animal control laws among my people.
A link to a 2006 article from The Gainesville Sun landed in my email inbox. After a series of horrific dog attacks, the Alachua county commissioners decided it was time to ban dangerous dogs. Twelve citizens spoke at the public meeting, only two were opposed to the non-breed specific banning of dangerous dogs. And only one of those people was named in the article - TONI DIANE FAIR.
I am always curious about the people who fight against common sense laws, so I consulted The Google. Not only did I find a 2003 DUI conviction, I found that in April 2011 TONI FAIR was cited for FAILURE TO COMPLY W/ DANGEROUS DOG REQUIREMENTS. Well, so much for her one on one training on proper confinement. On June 9, 2011, the day before Roy McSweeney's horrific mauling, TONI DIANE FAIR pled non-guilty. She was fined $71. FAIR paid $50 and the remaining balance of $21.00 was dismissed.