City Council Amends Animal Control Ordinance for Dangerous Dogs

News posted Mar. 01, 2016 - 3:30 pm

The Raleigh City Council today approved amendments to the City’s animal control ordinance. The amendments clarify and simplify the definition of “dangerous” dogs and specifies actions the Animal Control Division of the Raleigh Police Department should take once a dog has been determined to be dangerous.

The amendments to the ordinance define the term dangerous dog as any dog that:

  • The Animal Control Division has determined that it has killed or inflicted serious injury to a person without provocation;
  • Is owned primarily or in part for dog-fighting or any dog trained to fight;
  • Has inflicted a bite on a person that has resulted in broken bones or disfiguring lacerations or required cosmetic surgery or hospitalization;
  • Has killed or inflicted serious injury on a domestic animal when not on the owner’s property; and,
  • Approached a person when not on the owner’s property in a vicious or terrorizing manner in an attitude of attack.

The definition will not apply to a dog that has been subject to provocation or a dog responding to a trespass on the owner’s property.

The amendment establishes clear restrictions for keeping a dog that has been declared dangerous and defines what actions Animal Control can take when a dog has been declared dangerous and is found at large or inflicts serious injury on a person or animal. The amendment also establishes an appeal process when a dog has been declared dangerous or when a determination has been made that a dog should be destroyed.

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