Q. Recently I read an article in your paper about a police horse that was been bitten by a dog. The owner was charged with a criminal offense. Two months ago, myself and my dog were bitten by an unleashed dog with no rabies vaccination. It was a long nine days to see if I had rabies and the medical bills really weren’t in the budget. I was told all the action I could take would be in civil court. My question is: Why when a dog bites a police horse the owner of the dog was charged with a criminal offense, but when a dog bit me, a person, nothing happened?
A. According to Lt. B.C. Evers of the New Hanover County Animal Services Unit, the owner of the dog that bit you did not receive a citation or charge because he was deemed to not have been neglectful. Apparently, the dog was originally on a leash, which had slipped off. Such a situation did not meet the standards for a loose dog.
Since the owner had only owned the dog for a short period, he was not sure if it had been vaccinated. He turned it over to the Animal Services Unit to find out. The dog was confined and after 10 days was put down due to aggressive behavior.
Lt. Evers confirmed that the only action the victim could take would have been in civil court. He also indicated that New Hanover County Animal Services Unit has no jurisdiction over medical bills.
In the event of the dog that bit the police horse on March 20, 2013, its “owner was charged on a citation for City Code Violation of not having a dog on a leash,” said Officer Lucy Crockett of the WPD.
Date posted: April 30, 2013
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