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Canine Companions and Responsibility

11/23/2009
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The laws labelling dogs “dangerous” have been tightened in Palm Beach County and across the nation. When a dog is declared dangerous it must be kept away from public places, on a walk it must be muzzled and on a leash and such canines cannot be left to roam freely in their yards.

No one really knows when they get a puppy or adopt a dog that it might have traits that could cause it to be labelled dangerous. This can happen to any breed of dog and is not limited to just the breeds classified as the “main offenders.”

Owning a dog is a responsibility that should not be taken lightly. All dogs should be socialized when young with both other animals and with humans. Take your dog to a basic obedience class to minimize the chances of it becoming a problem to other pets or humans. Any dog, under the right circumstances, can be a destructive and dangerous force.

If you are the victim of a dog bite, report the incident to your local authorities. Although the attack may have been an isolated occurrence that will not happen again, it may also be an alert to a dangerous problem. If by chance you are the victim of a dangerous dog attack there are also civil remedies that can be sought to compensate for your injuries.

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