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Lawmakers Seek to Take Bite Out of Dangerous Dogs

The state Senate approved a bill Wednesday that would make the owners of aggressive dogs financially responsible if their pets attack someone.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The state Senate approved a bill Wednesday that would make the owners of aggressive dogs financially responsible if their pets attack someone.

The bill would require the owners of aggressive dogs to submit $5,000 to the local clerk of court, get a bond of a similar amount or get liability insurance on their pets. The measure also would require animal control offices statewide to establish a Dangerous Dog Board, which would determine the individual dogs considered to be a threat to society.

If a dog is deemed dangerous and the owner fails to provide proof of financial responsibility, the legislation would give local animal control officers the right to seize and euthanize the dog.

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