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instances such as provocation, in most scenarios, an owner has a duty to control and prevent their dog from inflicting injury to people or their property. Your dog’s breed, bite history, demeanor, location of the incident and even time of day are just a few of the considerations when analyzing a liability claim.

If you are involved in a dog bite incident, you should first seek the appropriate medical and/or veterinary care for injuries resulting from the dig bite. After securing the offending dog, you have a responsibility to contact the proper authorities, even if the offending animal is your dog, even if it was provoked. Animal control will likely conduct an investigation and may take custody of the offending dog pending the conclusion of their inquiry. You should participate in documenting the


-- take pictures, get witness contact information and cooperate with the investigating authorities. It is also a good idea to contact your insurance provider and/ or obtain insurance information from the owner of the offending animal.

What can you do to avoid dog bites and minimize your risk? If you own a dog, you should also post a “Beware of Dog” sign in a visible place on your property. Never let your dog out without being on a leash – it’s the law!

Avoid any situation that may be stressful to your dog -- you know your dog best and if they are acting out of character, remove them from the situation. Make sure your dog is up-to-date on all vaccinations and most importantly, properly socialize and train your dog.

The rules and ordinances concerning dogs and dog bites vary from county to county and you should consult your particular county’s ordinances if you have questions. Every situation is different and you should seek the advice of an attorney if you have been involved in a dog bite incident.

If you have any “dog law” questions, please send us an email and we will consider your inquiry when addressing our next legal topic.

Please be aware that the information contained in

this article is general in nature and is not intended to be a substitute for legal analysis or advice, nor does it represent the views of The Triangle Dog. You should not act or rely on information contained on this article without seeking the appropriate professional advice. Furthermore, nothing herein, nor any subsequent email inquiry, is intended to and/or does not create an attorney client relationship with the author or The Triangle Dog.

SPCA K9-3K Dog Walk 2012

Saturday, April 21, 2012 * Moore Square, Raleigh, NC Bianca

Is helping dogs like me YOUR Passion?

At this year’s K9-3K Dog Walk, the SPCA OF WAKE COUNTY wants you to pick your passion. Help raise money to support the SPCA program

that means the most to YOU. Help the animals YOU are most passionate about saving. Learn more online at WWW.SPCAWAKE.ORG.

Not Just Words. You Are Action. Walk the Walk. Pick Your Passion. The Triangle Dog T Volume 2 • Issue 1 41 My name is Bianca and I am a SPECIAL-NEEDS DOG that was

rescued by the SPCA. Iam COMPLETELY DEAF but the SPCA taught me to obey hand commands.I am an AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIER which means I’m more likely to need to stay at the SPCA longer to find a home. I am a member of the SPCA PIT CREW, dedicated to helping special pit bulls like me get a chance at a great home and overcome discrimination.


Photo courtesy of Tara Lynn and inBetween the Blinks Photography

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