Chesapeake Dog Bite and Attack Laws

If you’ve been injured by a dog in Chesapeake, you should know the laws and regulations concerning animal attacks – including your rights should you become a victim.


The City of Chesapeake provides several passages regarding dog bites and dog attacks, including laws and how these situations are dealt with. Here is what you need to know:

  • Code 10-42. Dogs are required to stay in their own yard unless accompanied by an owner or another individual. Dogs and cats must be restrained by a collar and on a leash when not in their own yard.
  • Any dog that bites or scratches a human is required to be quarantined for a period of 10 days. Chesapeake Animal Control is responsible for overseeing this activity. An owner who fails to comply with this law can face criminal charges.


If you have been attacked by a dog in Chesapeake, follow these steps:

  • Report the incident to the proper authorities as soon as possible. You can contact the Chesapeake Animal Services Unit by calling 757-382-8080.
  • Seek immediate medical attention, even if you don’t think you have been injured. Remember, there is no way of knowing if the animal is vaccinated against rabies.
  • Speak with any witnesses about the dog, while also asking each person for their contact information.
  • Contact a Virginia dog bite attorney.


Typical damages that dog bite victims can receive compensation for include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of earnings while unable to work
  • Future loss of earnings if you cannot return to work
  • Disfigurement – If the injury causes scarring or other unsightly marks
  • Medical Expenses


Virginia Dog Bite Lawyer

Dog bites are serious, scary and potentially fatal incidents. The matter is serious enough that the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled in two separate instances on various dog bite matters. There is no excuse for allowing your dog to roam freely and potentially injure someone, especially when that dog is known to be vicious or dangerous. My Virginia personal injury law firm specializes in dog bites and attacks. If you’ve been injured from a dog bite attack, you should be aware of your legal rights and the compensation you may be entitled to due to your injuries.

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