Brian O'Neal McDonald, 29, of Chappell Hill, Texas, has been indicted for animal attack causing serious bodily injury, a third degree felony. On January 10, 2009, William Whiddon Jr., 49, was mauled by McDonald's dogs, which included a German shepherd, a pit bull and one dog of an unknown breed. (To read more, click here.)
Texas has some of the most severe criminal laws against dog owners whose dogs injure people. (See Texas.) Despite its readiness to punish dog owners, however, the state adheres to the ancient one bite rule, which makes it difficult for innocent dog bite victims to make necessary insurance claims.