If you were bitten by a dog, the dog may have been defined as a dangerous dog under a local ordinance. Here we discuss a few of these city laws.

What Are Local Dangerous Dog Breed Ordinances?

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Being bitten by a dog can be a terrifying experience. Some vicious dogs can maul and kill a person. In Washington, dog owners can face strict liability for the injuries their dogs inflict on innocent victims under Washington’s dog bite law. In addition, Washington law specifically defines a dangerous dog as a dog that does one of the following:

  • Inflicts severe injury on a person without provocation on public or private property
  • Kills a domestic animal without provocation when the dog is not on his owner’s property
  • Has previously been found to be potentially dangerous because of an injury to a person and the owner had notice of this

In addition, a potentially dangerous dog is defined as one that has bitten a person or animal, chased or approached a person in a menacing fashion, or has a known tendency to attack or injure when unprovoked.

Local municipalities have also recognized the dangers of some breeds of dogs and have enacted ordinances to protect their citizens. Here, we take a look at some local ordinances in the State of Washington.

Local Dangerous Dog Breed Ordinances

If you or a family member was injured by a dog, it is a good idea to check to see if the local government has any ordinances regarding dangerous dog breeds. The owner of the dog that bit you may be in violation of one of these laws. If so, this can strengthen your claim for compensation. Here are some ordinances regarding dangerous dogs enacted by cities in Washington:

  • Seattle. Seattle’s animal control ordinance defines a dangerous animal as one that when unprovoked inflicted severe injury or killed a person or animal on private or public property. It specifically provides that a dog’s breed should not be considered in determining if the dog is a dangerous animal.
  • Auburn. This city has one of the most comprehensive list of fighting breeds that are potentially dangerous. They include the Akita, American pit bull terrier, bull terrier, Italian mastiff, pit terrier, and more.
  • Bridgeport. Pit bulls are banned under city ordinance. In addition, potentially dangerous dogs can be confiscated under certain conditions.
  • Everett. The City of Everett classifies pit bulls as potentially dangerous dogs and includes a number of breeds within this definition. Owners are required to keep these dogs confined inside or in a securely enclosed locked pen or structure and to be microchipped.
  • Othella, Rosalia, Selah, Sumas, Tekoa, Tieton.  These communities are just some of the cities and towns that completely ban pit bulls.

Other communities may not have a dangerous dog ordinance, but may have other regulations, such as requiring dogs to be on leashes, that may have been violated when you were attacked by a dog. If you or a loved one suffered injuries as a result of a dog bite, you could be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced dog bite attorneys.

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