Dog ownership is an important responsibility. Ensuring the animal’s well-being both physically and emotionally is paramount. Yet, some owners are not as diligent as others who take their duties seriously, resulting in dogs running loose and potentially attacking people.
Dog bite laws
When it comes to dog bite laws in Connecticut, several regulations govern what happens should a canine attack someone. First and foremost, leashes are mandatory to prevent dogs from running freely around a neighborhood, an occurrence that is dangerous and illegal. Violations of the law will result in punitive measures against the owners.
Loose dogs can terrify people, particularly small children. While many growl, others will attack and bite. The owner of the dog is liable for property damage or injuries. Should someone who feels threatened by a possible attack kill the dog, they will not face civil or criminal court consequences.
Vicious dog laws are not about certain breeds more prone to attack. Those canines reside in that category when their owners’ have been convicted for not leashing the dog within the past year. Alleged “victims” who tease, torment, and abuse the dog will not lead to any action against the dog or owner.
Consequences of attacks
Following an attack, dogs are placed into mandatory quarantine in a public pound, veterinary hospital, or other location approved by the DOAg commissioner for 14 days. The “lockdown” is not about punishing the dog but ensuring that the animal does not have rabies and taking the opportunity to observe the dog’s demeanor before it is potentially released. However, certain circumstances could lengthen the time a dog is detained.
Dog attacks go beyond physical injuries. Victims are left terrified of all breeds, with many developing a severe phobia of the animals. Holding owners accountable is essential to keep communities throughout Connecticut safe.