‘Padi’ the Dog inspires change in Florida law

Padi with his owner, veterinarian Paul Gartenberg, file photo

Bradenton, Fla. (WFLA) — A beloved Bradenton black lab that made global headlines over the summer has inspired a new Florida law.

‘Padi’s law’ was signed into law by Governor Rick Scott on Tuesday.

The law would allow discretion over dog bite cases. The bill was inspired after an incident law summer, when a young boy was playing with Padi at the office of the dog’s owner, Dr. Paul Gartenberg.

Gartenberg said the boy lunged at Padi, and the dog attacked him, biting off part of his ear.

Under the Florida statutes, Padi was supposed to be euthanized even though the attack was provoked.

The story generated passionate anger from all over the world, with activists demanding a change in the law to prevent this from happening again.

Manatee County officials worked alongside State Representative Greg Steube, who filed the bill that has now been signed into law.

Dr. Gartenberg and animal activists are thrilled that no other dog will have to endure what Padi has gone through.

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