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Dog Breed-Specific Laws in Colorado

Dog Breed-Specific Laws in Colorado

Some dogs are known for being more aggressive or dangerous than others. For this reason, many local governments have banned certain dog breeds in an attempt to prevent serious or fatal dog attacks. The laws vary by state, and in some cases, by county as well. Here’s a look at the dog breed-specific laws in Colorado:

Dog Breed-Specific Laws by City

Many Colorado cities have established bans on certain breeds of dogs, including:

  • Aurora
  • Broomfield
  • Castle Rock
  • Commerce City
  • Denver
  • Fort Lupton
  • Louisville
  • Lone Tree
  • Town of Simla

All of these cities currently have banned pit bills, which are known as one of the most aggressive and powerful breeds. This means no one within these cities is allowed to own, keep, transport, or sell a pit bill. There are several exceptions to this rule, however. For example, an owner can bring a pit bull into one of these cities if the dog is participating at a dog show. But in general, these dogs are not permitted in any of the cities listed above.

Some cities have gone even further with their breed-specific bans. Lone Tree has banned all fighting breeds, including pit bulls, American bulldogs, canary dogs, Japanese mastiffs, and other breeds known for their aggressive nature.

Dog Bites & Banned Breeds

If a dog bites someone, the dog’s owner is typically held liable for the victim’s injuries. This is true regardless of the dog’s breed or its history of aggression.

But, what happens if someone is attacked by a dog that is supposed to be banned from the city? The owner will still be liable for your injuries. In fact, the owner may be ordered to compensate you even more.

Owners must comply with all laws related to dog ownership, including the laws that outlaw certain breeds. Failing to comply with local breed-specific laws can be seen as negligence. If the court believes the dog’s owner acted with extreme negligence, the court may award the victim punitive damages in addition to economic and non-economic damages. As a result, the dog’s owner will end up paying dearly for her failure to comply with the dog breed-specific laws.

Have you been attacked by a dog? If so, speak to a personal injury attorney at Reisch Law Firm today. We will work tirelessly to hold the dog’s owner liable and recover the compensation that you deserve. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.

How to Protect Your Kids From Dog Bites

How to Protect Your Kids From Dog Bites

It’s estimated that dogs bite around 4.7 million people every year, and nearly half of these victims are children between the ages of 5 and 9. Kids are too young to understand that dogs may be dangerous, so it’s up to parents to teach them how to behave around unfamiliar dogs. Protect your kids from dog bites by teaching them these tips:

Ask for permission.

Tell your children that they should never approach or touch an unknown dog before asking the owner for permission. If your child quickly reaches out and tries to pet a dog without asking for permission, the owner may not have time to warn him that the dog is aggressive.

Don’t escalate the situation.

Make sure your child knows how to avoid provoking a dog that already looks agitated. If your child encounters an aggressive-looking animal, be sure that he knows not to make any sudden movements. Children should also refrain from yelling, throwing something at the dog, or hitting the dog in an attempt to get him to go away. It’s best if the child remains completely still or slowly and quietly backs away from the animal if in this situation.

Look for warning signs.

Dogs may not be able to speak, but their body language can speak volumes. Dogs that are showing their teeth, growling, or snarling are preparing to attack. Other signs of aggression may not be so obvious. For example, dogs that are excessively yawning or licking their lips may also be tense and getting ready to attack. Look at the dog’s back to see if any of his fur is raised. The fur on the back and neck of a dog may begin to rise when he feels threatened, so this is another warning sign that your child should take seriously.

Don’t treat a dog like a toy.

Parents need to make it clear that dogs are living, breathing creatures and should not be treated like toys. If you don’t take the time to explain this to your kids, they may not understand that it’s not appropriate to tug on a dog’s tail or ears or to take a toy from his mouth.

Give him alone time.

Most dogs are friendly, but there are certain times that they want to be left alone. Tell your children to never bother a dog as he is eating or sleeping. Approaching a dog that is eating or sleeping may catch him off guard and cause him to attack.

Even if your child follows all of these tips, there’s a chance that a dog could still attack. If your child has been bitten by a dog, contact Reisch Law Firm today to learn how we can help you recover compensation. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.