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Dangerous dog hearings held

San Juan County Sheriff's Office has held several dangerous dog hearings in the past few months because there has been an increase in dog bites in the islands.

Three dogs have been labelled as "Potentially Dangerous" and one dog was labeled "Dangerous". According to the Sheriff Office many of these cases could have been avoided if the dogs were on a leash and under control of the owner.

Should your dog be labeled dangerous or potentially dangerous, there are a number of restrictions that the dog owner will need to follow:

Having a valid dog license

Keeping the dog in a secure enclosure and posting signs on the property

Having your dog on a leash at all times when outside the secure enclosure

Not to leave the dog in a vehicle unattended

Microchip identification

If your dog is deemed a dangerous dog, you must provide proof of a surety bond for $250,000 and register the dog as dangerous and use a muzzle at all times.

Failure to comply with any of the above or allowing your dog to threaten or bite another person or animal is a Gross Misdemeanor.

The Sheriff is asking all pet owners to do the responsible thing and protect your animals by using a leash.

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