At The Animal Law Firm, we see lots of amazing, well-meaning owners who find themselves on teh receiving end of a citation from Denver Animal Control for a dog bite.
You may do what you can to make sure your dog never attacks a person, but these incidents happen all the time, and it can happen even with a dog that has never bitten before. If your dog is accused of biting someone or another dog, you should know that you could be held liable for a dog bite injury. Therefore, you should know what steps you should take right away.
It is critical that you retain your cool if your dog gets into a fight with another dog. It is easy to immediately want to defend your dog or get confrontational in these high-energy incidents, but, as the saying goes, “cooler heads prevail.”
Get contact information from any witnesses that saw what happened.
Witnesses can help identify whether your dog was provoked or not, thus increasing your chances of a good defense if this goes to court.
If animal control reaches out to you, cooperate with them and provide vaccination records and licensing records, if and when you are asked. If you do not have them on hand, let the officer know you will contact your vet and provide and copy as soon as your vet gives it to you. DO NOT MAKE ANY STATEMENTS to the animal control officer about what happened. The LESS YOU SAY, THE BETTER! If animal control is contacting you, it is likely because he/she is about to issue you a citation for dangerous dog or animal attack. If you make incriminating statements at this point, it could be fatal for your dog.
If you receive a citation from animal control, call our Colorado animal lawyers at The Animal Law Firm at 303-623-4000 in Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Aurora, and surrounding areas.