What Happens if My Dog is Deemed “Dangerous”?

5 things you must do to if your dog is deemed “dangerous” to protect yourself, others and your dog.

Keep the dog in a proper enclosure. While on the owner’s property, the dangerous dog must be securely confined indoors or in a securely enclosed and locked pen or structure. This structure must be suitable to prevent the entry of young children and designed to prevent the animal from escaping. The pen or structure must have secure sides as well as a secure top to prevent the dog from escaping over, under or through it.

Use proper restraints when walking or moving the dog.  If a dangerous dog is taken out of its proper enclosure, the dog must generally be muzzled and on a chain or leash at all times.

Notify any friends or family you leave the dog with.  Make sure they understand the measures needed to keep the dog secure instead of risk yourself, their liability and another victim.

Notify the authorities immediately if the dog escapes.  The owner must notify animal control authorities immediately if the dangerous dog escapes its enclosure, if it bites someone again, if there is a change in ownership of the dog or if it dies.

Consequences of Non-Compliance
It is important to be aware that owners who do not comply with the requirements relating to dangerous dogs can face substantial fines and even jail time. Additionally, if someone is injured by a dog known to be dangerous and there is evidence of the owner not taking the steps required by statute, the dog bite victim could make a claim for punitive damages.


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