Criminal Charges Against Dog Owners in Plano

Criminal Charges Against Dog Owners in Plano

We believe that dogs can be the best pets. Some breeds are extremely intelligent and as long as a dog has been raised right, most of the time they can be friendly companions. Dogs are loyal, they’re virtually always happy to see their owners, and they protect our homes and property.

While many dogs fit our description above, not all dogs are “safe” around strangers and visitors. For example, some shelter dogs come from shady or questionable backgrounds and understandably, they’re behavior is unpredictable.

Other dogs have been abused, neglected, or chained up their entire lives, so they don’t trust people, let alone movement. Then, you have the dogs that were given all the love in the world, but their natural personalities were mean and aggressive.

Much like people, dogs can be products of their environment. When a dog has had a hard life and when the dog has lacked proper socialization, especially during their formative stages as a puppy, they can be aggressive and dangerous to humans, and the dog’s owner can be held financial liable if their dog bites, attacks, or even kills another person.

Can I be criminally charged?

In addition to being held liable for any harm one’s dog causes, a dog owner can face criminal charges under Section 822.005, Attack By Dog, of the Texas Health and Safety Code. A dog owner commits this offense if he or she:

  • In a negligent manner, fails to secure their dog and the dog makes an unprovoked attack on another person somewhere other than the owner’s property, and the dog seriously injures or kills the other person, or
  • Knows their dog is dangerous, and their dog attacks another person someplace other than a secure enclosure and the dog seriously injures or kills the other person.

An offense under Sec. 822.005 is a felony of the third degree, but if the dog causes death, then it’s a felony of the second degree.

Note: If the dog’s owner is found guilty under this section, the court may decide that the dog has to be destroyed under Section 822.004.

Keeping a dangerous dog is a major responsibility and if such a dog causes serious bodily injury to another person, the dog’s owner can be prosecuted.

If you are facing criminal charges because your dog allegedly attacked someone else, we urge you to contact our Plano criminal defense firm for the legal guidance you need and deserve!

Contact our firm today for aggressive defense representation!