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Dog bites and the law

In countless areas around the globe, dogs are best friends, protectors and even members of the family. A dogs are generally loyal in nature and serve as a major source of stress relief, it makes sense that most would associate the animal with utmost companionship. However, in some tragic cases, dog bites and attacks have led to severe injuries and even death. In Connecticut, a law regarding dog bites and injuries is currently being reconsidered to ensure the safety of all residents.

According to New Haven Register News, The Board of Alders has recently considered changing city dog ordinances after receiving recommendations from the public safety panel. The panel suggests making provisions similar to those of New Britain; the provisions include adjusting the definition of "dangerous" dog and placing restrictions on such canines. The recent Public Safety Committee meeting may forward information to the Legislation Committee for further consideration. Not only would these new updates concern vicious dogs, but dangerous animals in general. If a dog were defined as "vicious," one or more of the following restrictions would occur:

  • Micro-chipping the dog
  • Signs posted where the dog lives
  • Registration as a "vicious or dangerous" dog with animal control officials

The Connecticut General Assembly states that if a dog does any damage to either the body or property of any person, the owner or keeper, or, if the owner or keeper is a minor, the parent or guardian of such minor shall be liable for the amount of such damage. An exception for this law is if the person attacked was committing a trespass or other tort, was teasing, tormenting or abusing such dog. There are a number of other factors involved in this law, and include minors, law enforcement dogs and exclusive control over an animal. 

 

     

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