I wonder if this requires the victims to file charges? If the charges have to be filed by the victims and they choose not to file the charges, either out of the kindness of their hearts or out of fear of retaliation or fear of adverse opinion from the public, then what else can be done?
From what I understand Howard already has vicious dog laws on the books and no, it doesn't take the victim filing charges. If the police were notified of the bite, then they enforce the vicious dog law, whatever that may be. And for all anyone knows, the owner may have been given a ticket or fined. That's generally the laws regarding dog bites depending on the severity and if the dog has prior offences.