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Rhode Island Bar Journal Article

"Dangerous Dogs"

Posted by Keith Langer | Jun 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

I was one of three presenters from the Animal Law Committee at this year's RI Bar Association annual meeting. My subject was "dangerous dogs."

RI has specific criteria for determining what a "dangerous dog" is, how that determination can be made, and the responsibilities and consequences of having one. If you have such a dog, or are accused of owning one, you need to be familiar with them.

Remember the phrase, "a short leash?" How short is "short?"

In RI, it's three feet - one yard. And that chain has to have a 300-pound tensile strength, with the owner on the other end. 

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Keith Langer

Keith G. Langer, Attorney at Law SERVING NORFOLK COUNTY, MA, AND SURROUNDING AREAS Solo practitioner concentrating in civil litigation, collections, family law and administrative law, particularly firearms licensing.Professional Qualifications: One of the longest-serving member of the Firear...

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