Vicious Dog Laws

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Vicious Dog Laws

There are certain dogs that are classified as vicious or dangerous. As such, depending on the states and cities that those dogs reside, the owners may have extra sets of dog laws to govern the safekeeping of their dogs.

How Is a Dog Declared Dangerous?

A dog is declared dangerous by a judge. Generally, a person who has been injured by the dog will make a formal complaint at the animal control office. An investigator will then investigate the complaint and determine whether it has dangerous propensities, and if so, a court hearing is required. At the hearing, the judge will then give an official ruling stating whether the dog is vicious and whether the dog is allowed to live.

In some jurisdictions, when a person makes a complaint, the court may hold the dog until the hearing date. The idea behind this is to prevent the dog from biting members of the public.

What Do I Need to Do If My Dog Is Dangerous?

Again, this depends on the state. Most of the time, a judge will have the authority to place restrictions on the ownership of the dog. For example, the judge may require owners to place "Beware of Dog" signs on their property, lock or leash the dog at all time, and buy liability insurance.

For some situations, where the dog causes serious bodily injury or even death, the law may dictate that the vicious dog be euthanized.

What Will Happen If My Dangerous Dog Is Accused of Injuring Someone?

Another hearing will be held, and the likely aftermath is that the judge will order the dog to be euthanized.

Further, you may be liable for double or treble damages that resulted in the injury. For some states, you may be found guilty of a crime.

Do I Need a Lawyer?

An experienced animal or personal injury lawyer will be able to represent you in court and help you lower the charges against you.

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Last Modified: 06-19-2014 04:30 PM PDT

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