Many states have enacted vicious dog or dangerous dog laws. These laws strive to identify dangerous dogs and prevent personal injuries by mandating that their owners take certain safety precautions. For instance, owners of dangerous dogs may need to confine or muzzle the dog when it’s in public or purchase liability insurance to cover dog bite damages. Owners who breed dangerous dogs by abusing them may have to pay criminal fines and serve jail sentences.
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List of Dangerous Dogs
While there is no set list of dangerous dogs, the following breeds have been found to pose a high risk of serious injury:
- German Shepherds
- Pit Bulls
Some cities have banned possession of several of these breeds or required owners to take strict safety precautions to prevent injury. In some cities, these dangerous dog breeds are not banned; however, the owner must pay a high license fee for owning a specific breed of dog.
Declaring a Dog Dangerous
Animal control officers and dog bite victims also have the ability to have a dog declared “dangerous.” The officer or individual who was harmed or threatened by the dog must first file a formal complaint. Next, a hearing will take place where a judge will hear evidence and determine whether the dog should be classified as “dangerous.” If the dog is found vicious under dangerous dog law, the judge will require the owner to take certain precautions to prevent the dog from harming an individual. These precautionary measures can range from keeping the dog securely confined or having it killed or removed from the city. Owners who violate these requirements may face fines or jail time, especially if the dog seriously harms someone.
If you suffered a dog bite, or if a loved one has suffered dog bite injuries, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries through a dog bite lawsuit. Contact us today to receive a free case review from a dog bite lawyer.