Overview of State Leash Laws
Secondly, despite what the code says, many courts have decided that dogs can be unleashed as long as they are "under the control" of their owner. You won't find that by searching through the legal codeFinally, many states only restrain loose dogs during the nighttime hours, likely out of a concern that such dogs become a nuisance. (See Kentucky and North Carolina for examples). Again, it is important to note that while a state may not formally prohibit the running at large of dogs, most local municipalities have adopted a restraint ordinance. In most states, local units of government inherently have the ability to enact such laws as part of their police powers. A few states have this power to regulate dogs and other animals specifically from state legislation.
Thirdly, even if leashed, you are still responsibile for your dog. The fact that your dog attacks other dogs is, under the law, proof that your dog is NOT under your control.
Finally, you are not doing you or your dog any favor by conditioning your dog to be aggressive. It will only lead to your dog becoming more aggressive, possibly towards other people, in which case, your dog might be confiscated and destroyed.
Face it!! Your dog is aggresive. If it becomes known that your dog has a history of attacking dogs, you could be held criminally liable, in addition to being sued. Your dogs aggression is covered under your states "Dangerous Dog" statutes. Being on a leash does not relieve you of your potential liabilities
North Carolina Dangerous Dog Laws
Under the law, a dangerous dog is ANY dog thatThese North Carolina statutes comprise the state's dangerous dog and dog bite laws. Among the provisions include misdemeanor penalties for an owner if a dangerous dog attacks a person and causes physical injuries requiring medical treatment in excess of one hundred dollars ($100.00) and strict liability in civil damages for any injuries or property damage the dog inflicts upon a person, his property, or another animal. Another statute provides that any person brought to receive medical treatment for a dog bite must report it to the local health director and the animal must be confined for a ten day observation period.
The law also saysWithout provocation has killed or inflicted severe injury on a person;
Obviously, you are not muzzling your dog(a) It is unlawful for an owner to:
(1) Leave a dangerous dog unattended on the owner's real property unless the dog is confined indoors, in a securely enclosed and locked pen, or in another structure designed to restrain the dog;
(2) Permit a dangerous dog to go beyond the owner's real property unless the dog is leashed and muzzled or is otherwise securely restrained and muzzled.
§ 67-4.3. Penalty for attacks by dangerous dogs
The owner of a dangerous dog that attacks a person and causes physical injuries requiring medical treatment in excess of one hundred dollars ($100.00) shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.
Added by Laws 1989 (Reg. Sess., 1990), c. 1023, § 1. Amended by Laws 1993, c. 539, § 533; Laws 1994 (1st Ex. Sess.), c. 24, § 14(c), eff. March 26, 1994.
§ 67-4.4. Strict liability
The owner of a dangerous dog shall be strictly liable in civil damages for any injuries or property damage the dog inflicts upon a person, his property, or another animal.
Added by Laws 1989 (Reg. Sess., 1990), c. 1023, § 1.