Panama City Police and Bay County Animal Control are investigating another alleged dog bite on a child perpetrated by Marley the dog, which had been at the center of a dispute that received national attention. An animal bite report from the Florida Department of Health states 12-year-old Troy Banks told investigators he was bit Sunday afternoon as the adults in the house on High Avenue, including the dog's owner and his mother, were sleeping. The report states the boy suffered "moderate punctures on his arm, a bunch of scratches on his leg and more surface punctures." The case was reported by the boy's father, Peter Banks, who had dropped his son off at the home to be with his mother. The incident occurred at 2 p.m. Sunday, reports state, and when Banks went to pick up Troy that night, he noticed the puncture marks on his arm. He then took his son to the hospital. The boy told officers he was sitting on the couch and petting Marley's head Sunday when the dog bit his left wrist and scratched his legs.
Recently we posted about a tragic incident where a young boy was attacked by a dog. According to WJHG Channel 7, there has been a rise in dog bites on children in Bay County. In May, Bay County Animal Control says there were ten reported dog bites on children. Last year, 414 dog bites were reported to Bay County Animal Control. Currently in 2016, 187 bites have been reported.
There was a horrible attack by a pitbull last month in Panama City that left a 4 year old little boy hospitalized with several bites. At first, authorities had a hard time finding the dog because the little boy's mother's boyfriend hid the truth from authorities. Finally, the story came together between what the 4 year old told his biological father and what they learned from others. Now, the pitbbull has been euthanized. Sheriff's officials believed the boy, was attacked while his mother's boyfriend stopped by a garage sale. When the 4 year old was released from the hospital, he told his biological father he was playing with puppies when attacked. Deputies learned the boyfriend had actually taken the boy to a friend's house who owned several large dogs, including the attacking pitbull, who had just had puppies. Deputies arrested the boyfriend for Perjury and Child Neglect. We've also learned the pitbull's owner Has also been arrested. The owner gave the dog over to Bay County Animal Control to be euthanized a couple weeks ago. They say this is not the first incident with the pit bull. They have had two complaints about the dog this year with one of those complaints involving a bite to the leg.
Jessica Tedrow filed suit in April 2013 against Jimmy Cannon under Florida's dog-bite statute. Tedrow asserted that her daughter was injured by Cannon's dog during a party at Cannon's home in April 2012. The dog bite statute states that "the owner of any dog that bites any person is liable for damages suffered by persons bitten." But it also provides that if the owner "had displayed in a prominent place on his or her premises a sign easily readable including the words 'Bad Dog,' " the owner is only liable if "the damages are proximately caused by a negligent act or omission of the owner . Thus, Cannon responded to the complaint with a motion for attorneys' fees, arguing that Tedrow's complaint had no basis and that Cannon "had displayed in a prominent place an easily readable sign including the words, 'Bad Dog.'" After 21 days, Cannon filed the motion for attorneys' fees with the circuit court, and answered the complaint asserting that he could not be held strictly liable under the statute because he had displayed a "Bad Dog" sign. Discovery was conducted and ultimately in August 2014, Tedrow filed a notice of voluntary dismissal without prejudice, and the circuit court dismissed the case in January 2015. The next month, Cannon filed a motion for attorneys' fees and costs, citing his earlier-filed motion for attorneys' fees pursuant to section 57.105. The motion also asked the court to permit depositions on the issue of whether Tedrow's counsel acted in good faith in filing the lawsuit. Following a hearing, in July 2015 the circuit court granted Cannon's motion, specifically ordering Tedrow's counsel to produce whatever photographs and other documents formed the basis for filing the lawsuit. The circuit court cited Florida Supreme Court case law for the proposition that "the 57.105 motions survive the dismissal of the case." Tedrow and her attorney sought review to the Florida Second District Court of Appeal.