How Does Gilchrist County (Trenton) Florida Define a Dangerous Dog? – Dog Bites and Rights of the Injured Person

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Pursuant to section 14-31 of the Code of Ordinances, Gilchrist County defines a dangerous dog as any dog, that according to the records of the division and/or any other law enforcement agency, has:

1. Aggressively bitten, attacked or endangered or has otherwise inflicted severe personal injury on a human being, whether on public or private property;

2. Killed or injured a domestic animal while of its owner’s property (more than once);

3. When unprovoked, chased or approached a person upon private or public property in a menacing fashion or apparent attitude of attack (actions must be attested to in a sworn affidavit by one or more persons and dutifully investigation). “Unprovoked” means the victim was conducting himself or herself in a peaceably and lawful fashion when attacked or otherwise chased; or

4. Been used primarily or in part for the purpose of dog dog fighting or is otherwise trained for dog fighting.

Exceptions: See sec. 14.121
– The threat, injury or damage was sustained by a person who, at the time, was unlawfully on the property;
– The threat, injury or damage was sustained by a person who, at the time, was lawfully on the property, but was tormenting, abusing or otherwise assaulting the dog or its owner;
– The dog was protecting or defending a human being from an unjustified attack or assault.

Once a dog has been classified as dangerous, the owner of the dog must obtain a certificate of registration for the dog, which shall be renewed annually. See section 14-121.

If the dog that is classified as dangerous is to go outside a proper enclosure, the dog must wear a muzzle, be restrained by a substantial chain or leash and be under the control of a competent person.