New law goes into effect this Saturday involving dog attacks

by Ken Kalthoff

Texas is giving teeth to laws that prosecute the owners of vicious dogs.

A new law that goes into effect Saturday will send the owners of dangerous animals to jail if they are involved in attacks.

The new law comes in the wake of the fatal mauling of a 76-year-old Central Texas woman.

Owners could face felony charges even on an animal's first attack.

Animal control officers said irresponsible dog owners who breed vicious dogs or allow their animals to run free are the problem.

Before the change, misdemeanor charges for pet owners were commonplace.

Experts said the new law will be one of the toughest in the nation.