A plan in the state Legislature to open up dog owners to liability the first time their dog bites someone has been killed in a state House committee.
Lawmakers said it would drive up the cost of homeowners insurance too much.
State law says generally that dog owners can only be held responsible for the first attack if they knew the dog was dangerous. The proposed change would have opened up a homeowners' liability even if the dog had never attacked before.
Manitou Springs Representative Michael Merrifield says hesponsored the bill after seeing photos of the two victims including a 41-year-old Elbert County woman who was attacked and killed by³three pit bulls.
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