The terms “dangerous” and “vicious” are made distinct by state law. A dangerous dog is one that causes injury by seemingly minor actions, such as jumping or bumping against a person, or even by being too friendly. A vicious dog is one in which its actions are done with harmful intent and is often based on what other dogs of the same breed have a tendency to do.
Criteria for Labeling a Dog as Vicious
Whether or not the dog was vicious depends on the following criteria:
- the breed of dog;
- the actions and behavior of the dog;
- the dog owner’s actions; and
- other criteria in accordance with the dog’s area of jurisdiction.
There are also hybrid dog owner liability laws in Georgia. If the area has no leash laws, then a “one bite” rule is enforced, meaning that the victim can prove the dog is vicious, even if the dog has never bitten anyone before, such as if the dog displayed vicious behavior before. If there is a leash law, then the victim can claim that the dog was not at heel or on a leash at the time of the attack.
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