Have you been summoned for a Dangerous Dog hearing? A dangerous dog proceeding can be brought to the local court in several ways. A private individual can complain to the local Animal Control Office (ACO) about your animal and file a complaint, the ACO can bring an action if he or she has reason to suspect your dog as being “dangerous” or the Judge/board can make a dangerous dog determination on its own should facts warranting such a determination come before the Judge/board. If this is the first time you are ordered to appear for a dog hearing, here are a few things you should consider to protect your family’s pet and yourself:
This ticket is SERIOUS, this is a real court, these are real charges, the consequences of these charges and a finding (or plea bargain) that your dog is dangerous can result in the judge imposing one or all of the following:
- Muzzling your dog
- Erecting a costly fence on your property
- Purchasing expensive and difficult to obtain liability insurance for your dog
- Court ordered euthanasia of the dog (putting to sleep)
- Preventing contact between your dog and certain persons
- Having your dog spayed or neutered at your expense
- Ordering you to attend obedience classes with your dog
These penalties have a direct affect on you, including the possibility of: higher home owner’s insurance premiums, a loss of homeowner’s insurance coverage, out of pocket expenses and the possibility of the court ordering your dog euthanized should it commit another “dangerous” act in the future.
Our attorneys aggressively defend:
- Dog/pet owners who are accused of abusing or neglecting an animal
- Dog/pet owners whose animals are impounded following an alleged attack, aggressive behavior or failure to restrain.
We pride ourselves on educating you about your rights, as well as current Maryland State laws and regulations. The legal issues you may be facing are best assessed on a case-by-case basis. Call us today for your initial free consultation at (410) 539-0042