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Dangerous Dog Laws

Increasing attacks by dogs have forced the authorities for making dangerous dog laws. “Vicious dog” or “dangerous dog” laws help to impose legal restrictions on dog owners from owning dogs that are officially declared as dangerous and a threat to public. All of the dangerous dog laws emphasise on the prevention of the public from owning dangerous dogs. By focusing on few particular dangerous dogs the law protects people from owners who illegally choose to own dangerous dogs, and crack down on these irresponsible owners.

Under certain acts as enforced by the laws, it is illegal to own any of the specially controlled dogs without taking specific exclusion from the court. These types of dogs have to be kept stifled and kept on harness in the public areas. They have to be specially treated like they should be registered under law, insured, sterilised, tattooed and should have received the microchip implants. Even if these dogs are on the index of exempted dogs, the act bans the sale, breeding and exchange of these dangerous dogs. A dog can only be considered as “dangerous dog” when:

  • It threatens someone, unprovoked by anyone in the public places
  • Has a normal tendency to other domestic animals or otherwise endanger people
  • Bites, injures or attacks another animal or person without any provocation on any of the public or private property.
  • It is not licensed
  • Kept for dog-fighting and trained for the same

If a person has been threatened or attacked by a dog, the person has the right to file a complaint with the concerning agency or court against the dog. The dangerous dog laws are different for every state so it depends on the laws that who will handle the case a sheriff, health department or animal control department. In most of the cases local court is responsible for handling these types of cases.

Warning for a dangerous dog is only given once, if the dangerous dog is allowed to live and the owner does not follow the restrictions imposed by the judge there would be no second chance given. If the dog after getting the label of a vicious dog causes some kind of injuries to any person or a domestic animal then the owner is liable to pay the double or triple of the damages to the effected person and a fine is charged which has to be paid to the court.

Mrs A was a cook at a large hospital, she was injured when she tripped on a piece of vinyl flooring which had become raised. She suffered a soft tissue knee injury that brought forward pre-existing arthritis by 3 years and she was awarded £4,300.00 within 9 months of instructing Cooks.
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