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Owning a dog can be a wonderful experience—after all, they are man’s best friend. But if you live in Colorado, you may have to consider what type of dog you own. Several counties in Colorado actually have bans against certain types of dogs that are known to have aggressive tendencies. This breed-specific legislation is just one of the many dog laws that Colorado dog owners should be aware of.
Dog owners in the state of Colorado have a responsibility to ensure that they follow all the rules and laws relating to dogs—-and dog breed bans are one of them. In Denver, Colorado for example, it is unlawful for any person to own a pit bull. While the term “pit bull” is not technically a breed of dog, a pit bull is defined as any dog that is an American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier or any other dog that displays the majority of these physical traits. While many dog lovers oppose such breed specific bans, this legislation is aimed at protecting the public.
Even if you do not live in Denver, other counties throughout the state of Colorado have similar bans and laws in effect. It is important to know what the laws in your county are regarding dangerous breeds of dogs. If you believe that someone is housing a dangerous breed of dog that violates the Denver law, it is important to contact the authorities in your community immediately. Dog breed bans are in place to protect the public from dangerous dogs that have been known to cause serious and sometimes fatal injuries. Dogs that have vicious propensities, such as Pit bulls, Dobermans, Rottweilers and German Shepherds, can leave victims with lifelong disabilities, scarring and emotional trauma. In addition, some of these dogs may be housed illegally and used for illegal purposes—such as dog fighting.
If you or someone you love was injured by a dog, it is important to contact an experienced Colorado dog bite attorney immediately. A dog bite attorney will need to investigate your case to determine who is responsible for your injuries. If the dog owner violated any of Colorado’s dog laws, including the breed specific bans, they may be held liable for your injuries and for any damages that have occurred as a result of their negligence. Even if the dog has never displayed vicious propensities, a violation of the breed specific ban may be enough to hold the dog owner liable. As a result, you may be entitled to receive compensation for any medical expenses, rehabilitation, lost wages and emotional trauma.
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We personally work with you throughout the duration of your case in pursuit of the compensation you need and deserve. Damages in personal injury cases include economic, non-economic, and punitive damages. In many cases, we have successfully obtained economic damages for the tangible money lost due to an accident including medical bills of all types, co-pays, deductibles, mileage, lost wages, loss of earnings and the reduced value of your car or other property. We also have been successful in obtaining non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, scarring, disfigurement, loss of quality of life and loss of consortium. Finally, in some cases we are able to obtain punitive damages that punish the defendant – often a company – for the behavior that caused the injury or damage.
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