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What are the penalties for dog bites in Connecticut?

If you have been attacked by a dog, you may be suffering from all sorts of complications, from physical pain and a serious injury to financial troubles brought on by medical costs or lost wages. While experiencing these hardships, you should do everything you can to recover and have those responsible for your suffering held accountable. In New London, and all other parts of Connecticut, dog owners who fail to properly take care of the animals they own can face harsh penalties.

According to the Connecticut General Assembly, those who keep or own a dog can be fined up to $1,000 if they recklessly let the animal move about freely and it hurts someone who was not abusing or poking fun at it. On top of financial penalties, dog owners may also spend six months behind bars if their dog attacks someone. Furthermore, those who let their dogs roam around on public highways or other peoples' property may face fines as well.

If you are worried about a dog that you regularly encounter or are a dog owner yourself, it is vital to prevent an attack at all costs. Unfortunately, animal bite victims cannot always stop attacks, which must be reported to animal control officers who have responsibility over the location where they were bitten. By reporting attacks and holding dog owners responsible, future bites may be avoided.

You should remember that this writeup was composed to offer helpful information on the penalties for dog bites and does not constitute legal advice.

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