"Vicious Dog" hearing
Client's American bull terrier, with no history of antagonistic behavior whatsoever, bit the neighbor as dog was being walked. I suspect the neighbor startled the dog, which was partially under the bush she was trying to prune at the time.
Bottom line: One bite, which did not even tear the woman's jeans, but took out a jaw-sized patch of skin and required a trip to the hospital. This triggered the immediate seizure of the dog by Animal Control, and a hearing before three Animal Control Officers. The penalties could include mandatory insurance ($1350/yr.), as well as other conditions.
While the dog was deemed "vicious," the board did NOT impose the liability insurance requirement, and allowed the dog to be walked outside, albeit on the mandatory 300-lb. test leash, with a muzzle, and not in front of the neighbor's house.
The client's got their dog back the day after the hearing, and are thrilled:
"Highly professional Attorney, did a great job to resolve complicated case regarding the dog bite. He is a pleasure to work with, extremely patient with clients, very detail oriented and easy to communicate. Anyone will be lucky to have Mr.Langer as a lawyer. Highly recommended!"
Practice area(s): Animal Law