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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

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H.435

Introduced by   Representatives Hutchinson of Randolph and French of Randolph

Referred to Committee on

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Subject:  Public safety; vicious dogs; authority to destroy; waiting period

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to require a ten-day waiting period before a vicious dog is destroyed by a municipality.

AN ACT RELATING TO WAITING PERIOD FOR DESTROYING A VICIOUS DOG

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

Sec. 1.  20 V.S.A. § 3546(c) is amended to read:

(c)  If the domestic pet or wolf-hybrid is found to have bitten the victim without provocation, the municipal officials shall make such issue an 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.  A domestic pet or wolf-hybrid shall not be disposed of under this subsection for at least 10 days following service of the order to the owner.  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.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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