No ‘dangerous dogs’ roam Rapp

RICHMOND – You may have your own definition of what constitutes a dangerous dog. But Virginia law lays out a clear legal definition of what a dangerous dog is, and there are four in Richmond.

Luckily for Rappahannock, no “dangerous” pooches are prowling the county.

“ ‘Dangerous dog’ means a canine or canine crossbreed that has bitten, attacked or inflicted injury on a person or companion animal that is a dog or cat, or killed a companion animal that is a dog or cat,” the law states.

In 2006, the General Assembly passed legislation requiring all dogs deemed dangerous by local animal control authorities to be entered into an online database. Local officials must provide information about each pet, including its name and the owner’s name and address.

There are more than 400 dogs in the database, from Snickers in Virginia Beach and Blondie in Richmond to Wolf in Powhatan and several named Bear.

The database lists each dog’s breed and its color and markings. It also contains information from the court trial that caused the dog to be declared dangerous, such as: “ ‘Bear’ attacked ‘Roco’ while both were on leash, causing serious injury (broke right rear leg) which required surgery.”

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