Dangerous and Vicious Dogs

(Excerpts from Code of the City of Muscatine Title 6, Chapter 8, Section 9)

  • A dangerous dog is defined as any dog that, while on public or private property (including the owner's property)
    • Behaves in a manner that a reasonable person would believe poses a serious and unjustified imminent threat of serious physical injury or death to a person or domestic animal, chasing or approaching a numan upon the streets, sidewalks, or any public or private property in a menacing or threatening manner, and in an apparent attitude of attack without provocation.
    • Causes injury to a domestic animal.
    • Has caused a bite injury and is not a vicious dog
  • A vicious dog is defined as any dog that, while on public or private property (including the owner's property) without provocation or justification bites or attacks a person and causes serious injury or death or is declared vicious under other provisions of Title 6, Chapter 8.
  • A dog may be declared dangerous or vicious based upon
    • A complaint of a person
    • Dog bite report filed with an animal control officer
    • Actions witnessed by an animal control officer or law enforcement
    • Other substantial evidence

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