New Dog Registry Allows Virginians to Find Dangerous Dogs | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

This month the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services brought to the public the new online dog registry in Virginia (VA). This registry is for dogs deemed dangerous by a judge. Using the website,, you can find dogs in your area by simply typing in your ZIP code. Many dog owners however feel that it is unfair to bunch dogs that have killed people with ones that have only caused minor damage. They also hate that they have to go through such great lengths to keep their dogs, such as acquiring insurance for up to $100,000 as well as abiding by the registry requirements which include: paying the state $100 and local government $35 annually. If these fees are not paid, owners are liable to receive up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine. Dog bite injuries are a serious problem. Many times the victim of these accidents is a child and the resulting medical problem is a facial injury and scarring. As a firm, we have helped Virginia (VA) families with these often tragic cases. The new Virginia (VA) registry may help us win these dog bite lawsuits by increasing the available proof of notice of danger to the owners and the available insurance.

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