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Victim's Husband: 'I Want Stricter Dog Laws'

A Hot Springs Village man is speaking out after a dog mauls and kills his wife.
HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE, AR -- The husband of a woman killed by a dog in Hot Springs Village is demanding stricter dog laws in his community.

Hans Kappen says if those tougher laws existed right now, his wife would still be alive.

While there are laws for dog owners to follow in Saline County, they just aren't very strict.

In the three pages of the county's dog ordinance, it states owners must license their dog and they can't dump their pets, but it says nothing about leashing and fencing dogs.

Police say a bullmastiff mauled 75-year-old Joan Kappen while she was taking her morning walk on Thursday.

Investigators aren't sure what caused the unprovoked attack.

But Joan's husband says with proper leash laws, this could have been prevented.

He also says there should be legislation against what he calls aggressive breeds like bullmastiffs and pit bulls.

"What kind of country is this? What are we going to do? What kind of protection do we have? So, I don't understand it. Something needs to be done," Kappen said.

Kappen doesn't plan to stop fighting against the government until he gets specific-breed legislation passed and stricter leash laws in his community.

As of right now, no charges have been filed against the bullmastiff's owner.

Law enforcement officials we talked to say those charges likely won't happen because the owner was not disobeying the law.

At the request of the family, the dog was euthanized on Thursday.

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