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Can I have some advice on my friend's neighbor who wants his dog to be euthanized?

Q:

Hi, I am asking for a friend of mine. He has a greyhound and has never had a problem with him. A couple months ago a woman moved in next door. He was working in his yard and his dog saw the new neighbors dog (small dog) and accidentally got out of the yard and ended up biting the little dog. He took the neighbor and her dog to the hospital and paid instantly for the dogs injuries. This happened yesterday and the dog is home from the hospital. The new neighbor has threatened my friend stating that she would kill my friends dog and she knew exactly how to do it. She said that my friend has three days to get rid of his dog or she would go to the media and have his dog euthanized. He loves his dog and it never hurt anyone before. He has lived in his neighborhood for years. Do you have any advice?

A:

Dangerous dog laws generally provide mechanisms for a hearing where the evidence is presented and the magistrate determines whether or not a dog should be declared dangerous. If after a hearing the dog is determined by the magistrate to be dangerous, the magistrate usually can require the owner of the dangerous dogs to take certain actions. While the laws differ, remedies often include spaying/neutering, procurement of insurance, muzzling, confinement, or euthanasia. The magistrate generally can order one or more actions be taken. Dogs who harm another companion animal are rarely ordered to be euthanized. The dangerous dog laws in some areas do not even address dog attacks on other companion animals.

Cruelty to animals is against the law in every state. Your friend’s neighbor could be prosecuted if she intentionally kills or injures your friend’s dog, unless the neighbor does so to defend herself or her dog at the time she or her dog is being attacked. To protect his dog and his neighbor's dog, your friend should take better precautions to ensure that his dog does not accidentally get out of his yard.


Submitted by Anonymous
Answered by Elinor Molbegott

 

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