Montgomery County, Virginia Dog Bite and Attack Laws

If you’ve been injured by a dog in a Montgomery County, you should know the laws and regulations concerning animal attacks—and your rights after such an event.

Montgomery County code outlines the finer details of what is expected of dog owners in the area, as well as the protocol should an attack occur. Here is what you need to know:

  • Running at-large : it is prohibited for the owner to allow any dog to run or be at large within the county. “At large” means roaming, running, or self-hunting off the property of its owner or custodian.
  • A dangerous dog is categorized by a canine which has bitten, attacked, or inflicted injury on a person or companion animal, or killed a companion animal.
  • A vicious dog means that a canine
    • has killed a person,
    • inflicted serious injury to a person, including multiple bites, serious disfigurement, serious impairment of health or serious impairment of a bodily function, or
    • continued to exhibit the behavior that resulted in a previous finding by a court that it is a dangerous dog

If you’ve been attacked by a dog in Montgomery County:

1.  Seek medical attention immediately. You do not know whether or not the animal has been vaccinated against rabies. Even if they have, you are still at risk for infection.

2. Report the incident by calling the Montgomery County Animal Control at 540-382-5795.

3. Gather as much information as possible from witnesses about the dog and the incident.

4. Contact a Virginia dog bite lawyer.

An animal that has bitten someone must be quarantined for a ten-day period at least. The victim should attempt to identify the animal so that authorities can act accordingly.


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

Our attorneys are available to assist all Montgomery County residents including: Blacksburg and Christiansburg.

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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