There are three criteria that a dog may be declared under the law:
- Inflicted a bite on a person that resulted in broken bones or broken skin or required cosmetic surgery or hospitalization
- Killed or inflicted severe injury upon a domestic animal when not on the owner’s real property
- Approached a person when not on the owner’s real property in a vicious or terrorizing manner in an apparent attitude of attack
Victims and dog owners should inquire at the office to complete paperwork for the Initial Panel to review in these determinations.