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The DC Code: § 8-1903 Consequences of a dangerous or potentially dangerous dog determination.

Index8 Environmental and Animal Control and Protection (Refs & Annos)
a
If the Mayor determines that a dog is a potentially dangerous or dangerous dog, the owner shall comply with the requirements of §§ 8-1904 and 8-1905 and any other special security or care requirements the Mayor may establish.
b
If a potentially dangerous or dangerous dog has been impounded and determined to pose a threat to public safety, the Mayor may only return the dog to its owner if the owner has:
1
Met the registration requirements of § 8-1904;
2
Agreed to comply with the requirements of § 8-1905, where necessary; and
3
Met or agreed to comply with any additional security or care requirements established by the Mayor.
c
The Mayor may humanely destroy a dog if:
1
The dog has been determined to be a threat to public safety if it is returned to the owner;
2
The owner fails to comply with the registration requirements of § 8- 1904, the requirements of § 8-1905, or any special security or care requirements established by the Mayor;
3
The owner fails to reimburse the animal control agency for the costs and expenses of the dog's impoundment as required by § 8-1902(d)(2); or
4
The owner forfeits the dog for humane destruction.

Historical and Statutory

Prior Codifications 1981 Ed., § 6-1021.3. Effect of Amendments D.C. Law 17-281 rewrote the section which had read as follows: "If a determination is made that a dog is a dangerous dog under § 8-1902, the owner shall comply with the provisions of §§ 8-1904 and 8-1905 and any other special security or care requirements established by the Mayor, and in accordance with a time schedule established by the Mayor. A dangerous dog determined to constitute a significant threat to the public health and safety if returned to its owner may be humanely destroyed." Emergency Act Amendments For temporary amendment of section, see § 2(d) of the Pit Bull and Rottweiler Dangerous Dog Designation Emergency Amendment Act of 1996 (D.C. Act 11-257, April 16, 1996, 43 DCR 2156). For temporary amendment of section, see § 3(d) of the Dangerous Dog Designation Emergency Amendment Act of 1996 (D.C. Act 11-351, August 12, 1996, 43 DCR 4553). Legislative History of Laws For legislative history of D.C. Law 7-176, see Historical and Statutory Notes following § 8-1901. For Law 17-281, see notes following § 8-1801. DC CODE § 8-1903 Current through December 11, 2012

Credits

(Oct. 18, 1988, D.C. Law 7-176, § 4, 35 DCR 4787; Dec. 5, 2008, D.C. Law 17-281, § 105(c), 55 DCR 9186.)