Introduced by Representatives Ancel of Calais, Chen of Mendon, Louras of Rutland City and McFaun of Barre Town
Subject: Safety; vicious dogs; right to control
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to provide municipalities with mechanisms to prevent injury to humans, in addition to other animals, by vicious domestic dogs.
AN ACT RELATING TO PREVENTING INJURY TO HUMANS BY VICIOUS DOMESTIC DOGS
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 20 V.S.A. § 3546 is amended to read:
§ 3546. INVESTIGATION OF VICIOUS DOMESTIC PETS OR
a domestic pet or wolf-hybrid has bitten or threatened to bite a person
while the domestic pet or wolf-hybrid is off the premises of the owner or
and the person bitten requires medical attention for the
attack, such person may file a written complaint with the legislative body
of the municipality. The complaint shall contain the time, date, and
place where the attack or threat occurred, the name and address of the
victim or victims, and any other facts that may assist the legislative body in
conducting its to conduct an investigation required by subsection
(b) of this section.
legislative body, within seven days from receipt of the complaint, shall
investigate the charges and hold a hearing on the matter. If the owner of the
domestic pet or wolf-hybrid
which that is the subject of the
complaint can be ascertained with due diligence, said that owner
shall be provided with a written notice of the time, date, and place of
hearing and the facts of the complaint.
the domestic pet or wolf-hybrid is found to have bitten the victim without
provocation or sufficiently threatened the victim such that bodily harm was
likely, the municipal officials shall make such order for the protection of
persons as the facts and circumstances of the case may require, including
without limitation, that the domestic pet or wolf-hybrid is be
disposed of in a humane way, muzzled, chained, or confined. The order shall be
sent by certified mail, return receipt requested. A person who, after
receiving notice, fails to comply with the terms of the order shall be subject
to the penalties provided in section 3550 of this chapter.
(d) The procedures provided in this section shall only apply if the domestic pet or wolf-hybrid is not a rabies suspect. If a member of the legislative body or a municipal official designated by the legislative body determines that the animal is a rabies suspect, the provisions of subchapter 5 of this chapter and the rules of the department of health shall apply.
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