Is Your Dog in Danger of Being Declared Vicious?
If your dog is accused of being “vicious”, the requirements that you may face as a responsible owner can be tremendous. Fines, added security, and litigation costs as a result of a “vicious” dog can contribute to extreme stress. If you own a dog, these useful guidelines can help you manage the situation effectively and prevent any future occurrences. In the meantime, it is recommended you equip yourself with Canine Liability Insurance to protect against any possible litigation claims.
To prevent against possible attacks while outside of your property, keep your dog on a leash at all times. Obedience training is also recommended for dogs that have attacked or bitten anyone in the past. If not, this schooling is still beneficial as will assist in acclimating your dog with its home environment as well as with common security threats such as visitors, mailmen, delivery people, etc. Further, ensuring your dog is spayed or neutered will decrease the chances of aggression, as well.
If your dog is impounded or you are sued as a result of your dog’s actions, you may need to take a few extra precautions in order for the courts to see you as a responsible guardian. As some hearing officers can order for your dog to be euthanized, these precautions are imperative.
First, confine your dog in an adequately fenced area or keep them inside with you. While you should never let your dog roam freely throughout the neighborhood, it is important that your keep your dog on a leash and muzzled, if necessary. Providing ample references that can vouch for your dog’s behavior such as friends, neighbors, and veterinarians is a great resource to have, as well. Lastly, having your dog’s temperament evaluated by the American Temperament Test Society and proving your dog’s nonthreatening disposition will increase the likelihood of your dog’s life being salvaged.
It is also advised that you write a polite letter to the judge prior to your hearing date. Animal Legal Defense Fund recommends giving your word that you will follow any and all restrictions they might require in order for your dog to be returned to your custody.
With our Canine Liability Policy, your dog and his or her actions will be covered in the event of an attack. We insure every dog, including the “dangerous” breeds in order to give you peace of mind. For more information, contact us today at (855) 534-6495.