Portsmouth, Virginia Dog Bite & Attack Laws

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

The City of Portsmouth provides information to residents regarding dog ownership, including the definition of both “vicious” and “dangerous” dogs.

Here are several details of importance:

  • A vicious dog is categorized as one that has killed a person, inflicted serious injury, or continues to exhibit behavior that resulted in a previous finding by the authorities that the dog is dangerous
  • A dangerous dog is one that has bitten, attacked, or inflicted injury on a person or another animal.
  • It is unlawful for any person to allow a dog belonging to them, known to be dangerous or vicious, to be free in the city. Any person who violates this regulation will be found guilty of a class 2 misdemeanor.

What to do if you’ve been bitten or attacked by a dog in Portsmouth:

  • 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.
  • Gather as much information as possible from witnesses about the dog.
  • Report the incident. You are required, by law, to report the incident to an Animal Control Officer. It is a matter of public health. Portsmouth Animal Control 757-393-8430.
  • 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, scars, and medical expenses.

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