Incidents in the Town of Parker involving dangerous dogs have risen dramatically in recent years. These incidents include threatening behavior and attacks on people and other animals and have serious impacts on the community. Not only have people and other animals been injured and traumatized, the dogs committing these offenses and their owners can suffer serious consequences, as well.
A dog running at large can become a dangerous dog unexpectedly. When people and other animals react to a dog at large, the situation can escalate quickly. Please take some simple steps to keep your dog and your community safe. These precautions can prevent you from facing criminal charges and a possible civil lawsuit.
Many incidents begin with a dog accidentally getting out of a house. To avoid this:
- Securely shut all yard gates and maintain yard fences at all times.
- If your dog is able to jump a fence, provide additional means to ensure they are secure.
- Make sure your dog is unable to run from the house when a door is opened.
- Do not open both a door to the garage and the overhead garage doors at the same time.
- Educate children and house guests to keep dogs from escaping the home.
Dogs must be on a leash at all times when not in a secure yard or designated off-leash dog park. Make sure the person holding the leash is able to control the dog at all times. Many dangerous dog cases occur when a dog breaks free from a child holding a leash or an adult not properly monitoring their dog.
Training and Socialization
Dog training and socialization can prevent a dangerous dog situation. Invest in the safety of your dog and the community by training and socializing your dog.
Consequences and Penalties
If a dog acts in a dangerous manner, the owner is subject to criminal charges. Possible penalties include:
- A fine of up to $999.00.
- Community service hours.
- Damages/restitution to a victim, including medical bills and veterinary bills.
- Registration of the dangerous dog with law enforcement.
- Removal of the dangerous dog from the owner.
- Euthanasia of the dangerous dog.
- Restrictions on future possession of animals.
An owner of a dangerous dog can also face civil litigation for a victim’s damages and suffering.
Protect your dogs and your community. Train your dog, check your doors and hold the leash!