New Dog Law to Require Bite History
A fatal dog attack in Virginia Beach may lead to new legislation surrounding the adoption of pets in the state of Virginia. A new proposal from a Virginia Beach lawmaker would require animal shelters and other agencies to alert potential adopting families of the pet’s bite history. Any organization that fails to do so would be charged a $1,000 fine. Local legislators call it a common sense approach to regulating animal adoptions.
The call for increased regulations comes after the horrific attack on a Virginia Beach senior citizen earlier this year. The woman adopted a pit bull from a local animal rescue without knowing the dog had a violent history. The same day he was brought home, the dog viciously attacked the woman. She died as a result of the attack.
Why are we sharing this story?
As dog lovers, we know how much joy pets can bring families. We also know about the thousands of animals in need of homes. By connecting families with dogs that have no bite history, both people and pets can have safe and happy homes. The tragic attack on the senior citizen earlier this year highlights the need for change in our state.
How can I avoid bringing home a violent dog?
Until this legislature is passed, there is no way to know for sure if a dog is violent. Animal experts recommend spending time with the dog before bringing them home and never leaving children unattended with the pet.
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If the owner of the dog was careless, and their negligence led to your injury, you may be able to make a claim against the dog owner. If they knew of their pet’s propensity for violence and did nothing to prevent the animal from attacking, they can be held liable for the incident. If you’ve been attacked, you should contact an experienced Virginia dog bite lawyer to discuss your situation. We offer free consultations and our no fee promise means that you don’t owe us any legal fees unless we win.