Dangerous Dogs Harass Families in Roanoke, Virginia

A number of aggressive dogs are harassing and threatening neighbors in Roanoke, Virginia, the Roanoke Times reports.

The dangerous animals have been known to escape their owner’s yard and terrorize residents before, according to the report. The dogs have attacked other dogs before, but they recently became aggressive towards a woman who was allegedly attempting to protect her dog while on a walk. As a result, local authorities—who have been aware of the dogs’ running about in the past—took the dogs away from their owner and charged him with “two counts of having a dog at large, two counts of animal nuisance and two counts of having a dangerous, vicious dog,” the last of which is a civil violation.

Unfortunately, police are often limited in what action they can take against such animals—in order to quarantine the dogs, officers or animal control officials have to wait until the dogs actually bite someone. A “dangerous dog,” under Virginia law, is one who has bitten a human or kills a companion animal; after a dog has been deemed vicious and if it attacks again, it is deemed “vicious,” and subsequently put down.

Since the beginning of the year, there have been over sixty reports of a dog biting or attacking a human in Roanoke County; in Roanoke City, there have been 136 such reports.

Dangerous dogs are a public nuisance and a threat to anyone’s safety; it is incredibly important that the owner of such animals ensure that his or her pets are not allowed to roam freely, jump their fences or harm anyone. If you’ve been attacked by such an animal, I know how terrifying the experience is, and how much injury it can inflict. It’s important to be aware of your rights in such an event. My Virginia-based personal injury law firm has extensive experience handling dog bite cases, and my team of attorneys and I know how to fight for you if you’ve been injured by a dog due to an owner’s negligence. A dog bite is a serious injury; you deserve compensation for your medical bills, your lost wages, and the trauma such an event can inflict.

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