A Focus on Dog Bite Laws and Dog Bite Prevention
11/17/2008In Chapel Hill as well as a number of other cities around North Carolina, lawmakers and citizens are butting heads over dog tethering laws. While some argue that tethering is necessary and humane, others argue that prolonged tethering can lead to aggressive behavior and is not fair to the dogs themselves. Specifically in Chapel Hill, Orange County officials are proposing a three-hour tethering limit, along with the requirement of proper tethering equipment and a minimum size for enclosures. Four other jurisdictions in North Carolina have already adopted similar tethering laws.
Tethering and dog abuse laws are, as one can imagine, intimately tied to the issue of dog aggression and dog bite injury cases. Dogs on short tethers are historically more dangerous than dogs in fenced yards or kennels and one rule of dog bite prevention is that strange dogs on tethers should not be approached at all.
To help our readers better understand dog bite laws in North Carolina and how you can keep you and your family safe from dog attacks and dog-related injuries, we have added three new library items to our webpage:
- Know which types of dogs are more likely to harm you or your kids, and know which breeds have a history of attacking without warning. The Most Dangerous Dog Breeds – Bites, Mauls, and Deaths.
- North Carolina Dog Bite Laws – What is the One-Bite Rule? What is Strict Liability? Know if your dog bite injury case holds water and learn about the different ways that dogs can be categorized as dangerous in the eyes of the law.
- Dog Bite Prevention Tips. Although it is important to know what to do in the event and in the wake of a dog attack, it is even more vital to understand how to prevent a dog attack before it happens. A few simple guidelines that are simple and clear enough to teach your young children could save you from the anguish, trouble, and cost of a dog-related injury.
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