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H.186

Introduced by Representative Botzow of Pownal

Referred to Committee on

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Subject:  Internal security and public safety; damage to domestic animals by dogs; municipal liability

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to limit the financial liability of municipalities for damages for domestic animals killed or injured by dogs to no more than $125.00 per animal.

AN ACT RELATING TO MUNICIPAL DAMAGES FOR DOMESTIC ANIMALS INJURED OR KILLED BY DOGS

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  20 V.S.A. § 3742 is amended to read:

§ 3742.  NOTICE OF DAMAGE; APPRAISAL

A person who suffers loss by the worrying, maiming, or killing of his sheep, lambs, fowls fowl, or other domestic animals, by dogs, within twenty-four 24 hours after he learns of such learning of the damage, shall give notice thereof to one or more of notify the selectmen selectboard of the town wherein in which the damage was done, who shall proceed to the premises where occurred.  The selectboard shall investigate the damage was done, claim and determine whether the same was inflicted the damage was caused by dogs, and, if so, appraise the amount thereof and return a certificate of such amount to the selectmen of such town; but if, in the opinion of the selectman, the amount of such damage exceeds $20.00, he shall appoint two disinterested persons, who, with the selectman, shall appraise the amount of such damage and return a certificate of the same to the selectmen of such town forthwith. Such appraisal shall be appraise the damage for the full value of all animals each animal killed, not less than one-half value of all animals or maimed and not less than fifty cents per head for any injury to the remainder of the flock over three months of age, caused by worrying, not to exceed $125.00.



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