What do I do if I know someone is breaking the dog breed restrictions?
If you believe someone is keeping a dangerous dog or is guilty of a dog breed restriction violation, you’ll want to report it to the authorities. You can inform your local animal control so they can investigate.
What are your local dog breed restrictions?
Each state and city provides their own dog breed laws. In some townships, owners may be required to do the following.
- Keep the dog safely confined.
- Keep the dog leashed when not in confinement.
- Register the dog with the city.
- Keep immunization records.
- Keep liability insurance.
- Put a tracker chip in the animal.
Some local governments have no dog breed restrictions while others have multiple. You can ask animal control about what the laws are for keeping dogs in your area, and what determines a dog breed restriction violation.
For example, in LaGrange, Pit Bulls are the one breed singled out by law, as “the unique and demonstrated history, nature and characteristics of dogs known as “Pit Bulls” warrant special regulation in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the City.” (Section: 10-30-40)
In other areas, numerous breeds are considered potentially dangerous, and their owners subject to dog breed restriction violations. College Park regulates not just Pit Bulls, but American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Rottweilers, Doberman Pincers, and German Shepherds.
Why should you report dog breed law violations?
Dangerous dog breeds are deemed such for a reason: they are more likely to injure or kill humans. If someone is violating a dog breed restriction, reporting it will alert the officials and help rectify the situation before it’s too late.
If you or a loved one were injured by a dog in Atlanta or the surrounding areas, call the Law Offices of Jason Schultz. Contact our office today at 404-474-0804 for a free, no-obligation case evaluation and to discuss how to collect compensation for your injuries.
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