Virginia Beach Dog Bite and Attack Laws

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

 

The Virginia Beach city code regarding dog bites and dog attacks contains many provisions regarding proper ownership of one’s pets.

  • Code 5-531, the “leash law,” covers dogs only. When a dog is being walked on any city sidewalk, city street or public right-of-way, it has to be on a lead or lead at all times. Also, dogs being walked on a leash must also be wearing a city pet license.
  • Code 5-530 stipulates that no animal may be free to run “at large” within the city limits; that means a dog is supposed to be properly contained within one’s residence, either within the house or on a tie-out or chain—whether or not it is known to be vicious or dangerous.
  • But what constitutes a vicious dog, or a dangerous one? Code 5-520 maintains that a “dangerous dog” is one which “has bitten, attacked or inflicted injury” on another person, or even another animal. A “vicious dog” is one that has killed or inflicted severe or serious bodily harm on a human being, as well as one who has continually exhibited dangerous behavior as previously found by a court. The difference between a dangerous dog and a vicious dog is determined by the severity of the attack, in other words.

 

If you’ve been attacked by a dog in Virginia Beach:

  • 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.
  • Report the incident. You are required, by law, to report the incident to an Animal Control Officer. It is a matter of public health. Virginia Beach Animal Control: 757-385-4444
  • Gather as much information as possible from witnesses about the dog.
  • 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

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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.

Our Virginia dog bite attorneys operate under a no fee promise. This means that you are not responsible for any legal fees unless we win or settle your case. Contact us to learn more about your legal rights 877-544-5323