A Seattle dog bite lawyer shares tips with how to talk to a neighbor about his or her dangerous or aggressive dog – and what to do next.

Talking to Your Neighbor about a Dangerous Dog

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This May, in our legal library, we wrote about four different actions to take when faced with a dangerous or aggressive dog in your neighborhood. The first action we suggest could make many people uncomfortable: knocking on their door and talking to the pet’s owner. How can you do so without being too aggressive? How can you get your point across? And what should you do if they are uncooperative?

Here are a few tips:
  • Don’t assume they are aware of the problem. Some dog owners are deliberately careless and even cruel. Others are simply ignorant that there is a problem. Talking to the owner of the aggressive dog in your neighborhood makes certain that they are aware of the issue and understand change needs to take place. 
  • Be clear that you expect to see action. Instead of just saying, “Your dog keeps getting out of your yard and snarling at my children,” add, “I want to know what you will do to stop this from happening.”
  • Bring along another neighbor. One person complaining about the dog could be written off, but if you have another neighbor join you, your voices may be louder and clearer. 
  • Let them know what actions you will take next. Don’t threaten your neighbor – you want to be as neighborly as possible – but do let them know that you will take steps to protect your family from the dangerous dog if the owner does not. These actions could include calling animal control or even the police.

Far too many Washington State dog attacks take place when consistently aggressive neighborhood dogs escape from their yards and harm others. If you or a loved one has been injured in such an attack, a Seattle dog bite lawyer may be able to help you secure compensation. Call Andrew Kim today.

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