If a dog is “deemed dangerous,” several requirements are placed on its owner, such as purchasing insurance, keeping the dog restrained at all times (even at home) and muzzled when in public, posting dangerous dog signs on property, and many other stringent conditions. Penalties for violation of any one of those requirements involve hefty fines and possible jail time. Thus, many owners opt instead to settle the matter by having their dog euthanized.
Dogs may bite for a variety of reasons, some of them justified, as in the case of cruelty and abuse. In most dog bite cases, the dog is not truly “dangerous.” However, it takes just one second for an unexpected bite to occur, and your life and your dog’s life could be changed forever. Abide by the law and leash your dog at all times.