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Dangerous Dogs In Fairfax County

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I’m so glad to learn that upon searching, there are no dangerous dogs in Fairfax County.

Now I can sleep at night.

I’m sorry. This is idiotic. Who is going to go here to search. How much did Virginia spend on this?

Oh, I get it now.

The state is requiring liability insurance for dangerous dogs. Wonder who is insuring that?

Here’s the code section:

Virginia Code § 3.1-796.93:1. Control of dangerous or vicious dogs; penalties.

F. All dangerous dog registration certificates or renewals thereof required to be obtained under this section shall only be issued to persons 18 years of age or older who present satisfactory evidence (i) of the animal’s current rabies vaccination, if applicable, (ii) that the animal has been neutered or spayed, and (iii) that the animal is and will be confined in a proper enclosure or is and will be confined inside the owner’s residence or is and will be muzzled and confined in the owner’s fenced-in yard until the proper enclosure is constructed. In addition, owners who apply for certificates or renewals thereof under this section shall not be issued a certificate or renewal thereof unless they present satisfactory evidence that (i) their residence is and will continue to be posted with clearly visible signs warning both minors and adults of the presence of a dangerous dog on the property and (ii) the animal has been permanently identified by means of a tattoo on the inside thigh or by electronic implantation. All certificates or renewals thereof required to be obtained under this section shall only be issued to persons who present satisfactory evidence that the owner has liability insurance coverage, to the value of at least $100,000, that covers animal bites. The owner may obtain and maintain a bond in surety, in lieu of liability insurance, to the value of at least $100,000.