Normally, a dog bite is not considered a crime. It is normally a civil action for negligence or failing to supervise or control your animal. There are certain circumstances where a dog bite may be a crime if the dog’s had a prior history of dog bites or were a certain type of breed that is known as more aggressive or more vicious. It depends on the laws within your particular state that would govern whether or not this may be a crime.
What happens when Animal Control is called for a dog bite?
When Animal Control is called for a dog bite they normally open a file and begin an investigation. They interview the dog owner or the person who is in control of the dog. They try to determine if the dog is up-to-date on their shots, whether they have rabies, and they also look to see if the animal has had any prior history of aggression toward anyone else. Animal Control will then complete an investigation and that information from the investigation will be available to you or your lawyer in the event you wish to make a claim.