Newport News, Virginia Dog Bite & Attack Laws

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


The Newport News Animal Services Division (ASD), lists several regulations regarding dogs:

  • Leash Law Enforcement- Newport News required dog owners to keep thier dog under their immediate control any time the dog is taken off their property (Sec. 6-25).
  • Dangerous & Vicious Dogs – A dog will be classified dangerous when it has bitten, attacked, or inflicted injury on a person or companion animal. “A dog can be classified as vicious when it kills or inflicts serious injury to a person, including multiple bites, serious disfigurement, serious impairment of health, or serious impairment of a body function.”


If you’ve been attacked by a dog in Newport News, Virginia:

1. Report the incident to Newport News Animal Services Division (ASD) 757-595-7387

2. 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.

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

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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