Colorado dog bite lawsuits are covered by CRS 13-21-124. The civil limitation period for bringing an action is generally two years after the offence. Note that a victim can also file a civil lawsuit under Colorado`s dog bite laws. Colorado`s dog bite laws allow victims to sue for damages. If you own a guard dog or domestic dog and are being prosecuted for illegal possession of a dangerous dog (or vicious dog, aggressive animal, or any other type of language), call our experienced animal advocates at Animal Law Firm today at 303-623-4000; We are happy to help! Our pets can be great sources of joy in our lives. However, some people forget that as a pet owner, you have a responsibility to care for your pet, as well as a legal obligation to take care of the safety of others by properly socializing your pet and restricting it if necessary. Otherwise, there may be a lawsuit for bodily injury if an attack takes place. You may be thinking, why would they offer a license for guard dogs when a guard dog is not licensed in the state under dangerous dog laws? The answer is that legislators are not practicing lawyers or judges, they are just people who react to situations and do not always fully educate themselves and therefore cannot see the profound consequences of the laws they draft. The best way to change things is to lobby (anyone can lobby, you don`t have to get paid or give a lot of money) to your state legislature to change the law. In addition to taking the necessary steps to prevent an attack, dog owners need to be aware of local and state laws regarding their pet. In some jurisdictions, you can apply for a “watchdog license.” This means that if your dog has been trained as a guard dog, you can (usually) register your dog with your county to get a license stating that your dog is a guard dog. There are certain requirements for this, such as putting up signs, a secure fence, leaving your name and contact details at the jurisdiction where you register your dog, among others. Some people think it`s a good idea because they think their dog will be protected if something happens.
Unfortunately, this is not the case. In fact, if your dog bites someone on your property, your “watchdog license” will be used against you. It will not protect you. The first thing the accusation will point out is that you knew your dog had dangerous tendencies because you bred him to do so; They even went so far as to alert the government that your dog had dangerous tendencies and registered him as a watchdog. So, while it may seem like you`re doing the right thing by registering your guard dog as a watchdog, it won`t do anything to protect you or your dog, and could hurt both of you if charges are laid. (4) For the purposes of this section, a person is deemed to be lawfully on public or private property if the person complies with an obligation imposed on the person by local, state or federal law or regulation, or if the person is on property or on the person`s own property at the express or implied invitation of the owner of the property. § 33-4-101.3. Black bears – Statement of intent – Spring hunting ban – Take-out ban – Penalty In determining whether a person has breached a duty of care, the jury will consider the following: Division 30. Powers and functions of counties. General. Article 15 Police Force Regulations. Part 1.
Pet control and licensing. (3) A Colorado wildlife officer or other peace officer may capture or kill any dog that he or she believes is harassing wildlife. The provisions of this subsection (3) do not apply to dogs that are under the direct personal control of a person. Title 24. Government — State. Staatsgeschichte, Archive und Embleme. Article 80 History, archives and emblems of the State. Part 9. State emblems and symbols (4) If an owner is detained for an alleged violation of this section or a subpoena and complaint is issued to the owner in accordance with the Colorado Rules of Criminal Procedure and 16, S.C.R., Part 1, section 4, S.C.R., the owner`s dangerous dog may be detained and taken to a public shelter.
at the expense of the owner, until the final disposition of the charge against the owner. In the event that, in accordance with the Colorado Code of Criminal Procedure and 16, S.C.R., section 4, Part 1, the court fixes bail for the release of an owner pending the final decision, the court may require, as a condition of bail, that the owner`s dangerous dog be housed by a seizure authority. as defined in Article 18-9-202.5(5), at the expense of the owner in a place chosen by the foreclosure authority, including a public shelter, an approved boarding house or a veterinary clinic, until the final decision on the alleged violation of this Article is made. The owner is responsible for the full cost of feeding and caring for a dog in accordance with this subsection (4). (b) The regulation and control of dangerous dogs is a national concern. And if you plead guilty or are found guilty by a judge or jury, or if you receive a deferred judgment or prosecution for a violation resulting in bodily injury, grievous bodily harm, or death of a person, you are responsible for restitution to the fullest extent permitted by law. (1) The General Assembly shall declare, decide and declare that: (2) A person or a personal representative of a person who suffers serious bodily harm or death as a result of being bitten by a dog while lawfully on public or private property shall have the right to bring a civil action for economic damage against the owner of the dog, regardless of the dog`s wickedness or dangerous inclination or the knowledge or ignorance of the dog owner. the wickedness or dangerous tendencies of the dog. Sections 25-4-610 and 25-4-611 apply only in counties, counties or parts of counties or counties where an order is in effect requiring the vaccination of all dogs, cats, other pets or other mammals. If you knew your dog was dangerous, there`s often not much you can do about the charges, other than having your lawyer negotiate with the prosecutor. (c) at the time of the attack by the dangerous dog that injures a person or causes the death of a person, the victim of the attack has committed or attempted to commit an offence other than a minor offence against the owner of the dog and the attack did not take place on the owner`s property; The penalty for possession of a dangerous dog may take the following forms: (2) A veterinarian may, with the written consent of the owner of an animal, issue a written waiver in accordance with the regulations of the health authority, exempting an animal from rabies vaccination if the veterinarian determines, in his or her professional opinion, that rabies vaccination is contraindicated because of the veterinarian`s medical condition. (III) Participates or is trained in animal fighting as described and prohibited in Article 18-9-204.
5. For the purposes of this section, “bait” means the placement, release, deposit, distribution or dispersal of salt, minerals, grain, animal parts or other food to provide bait, attraction or lure to black bears on or over an area where hunters attempt to capture black bears.