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Leash Laws

In the state of Connecticut there are several laws aimed to control dogs. It is illegal for a dog owner to allow their dog to roam, growl, create disturbance, bite, or annoy anyone while traveling on the highway. In some cases, local governments may even create leash ordinances.

When a dog bites another person in the state of Connecticut, that dog is required to remain in quarantine for 14-days, while an animal control officer or the Department of Agriculture
commissioner may order the biting dog to be restrained or put to sleep. In any case, the dog bite owner or keeper is responsible for any damages caused during the attack, while the victims are immune from any civil or criminal li9ability for killing the dog during the attack.

With over 4.7 million dog bites occurring each year in the United States, according to the American Humane Association, our dog bite lawyers are prepared to fight for your rights and will seek the maximum compensation benefits to assist you with all of your recovery needs. Our attorneys believe that any victim that has been injured by the negligence of another individual may be entitled to compensation for their losses and damages.

Begin exploring your legal options by completing the “Free Case Evaluation” form to the right.

Canine Leash Laws

The general statutes of Connecticut do not mandate that dogs remain on leashes at all times. However, a dog’s owner must not allow their dog to roam on another person’s property, state parks, sidewalks, or public highways if it is not under their control. Furthermore, local governments may also have specific leash ordinances. In the case that the state roaming law is violated, that individual may be punished with a fine up to $92.00.

If an individual is the owner or keeper of a dangerous dog that is intentionally or recklessly allowing their dog to roam and the dog happens to injure another person that was not tormenting, teasing, or abusing the animal, by law, they may be subject to a fine up to $1,000, imprisonment for up to six months, or both. However, in order for this penalty to apply, the dog’s owner must have been convicted during the preceding year for allowing the dog to roam.

Throughout Connecticut, animal control officers may take into custody any roaming dog, dog without a tag or plate on its collar, unleashed dog, dog found injured on the highway, neglected, abandoned, or cruelly treated. The dog will be taken to the municipality’s pound.

Local Animal Control Information

As responsible members of our Connecticut community, our attorneys have gathered some local agencies responsible for assisting stray, abused, lost, and other types of dogs and animals. If you have been searching for your lost animal, we have provided a list of locations and phone numbers of agencies that may be able to help.

LocationPhone Number
New Haven203-946-8110
Farmington Valley860-735-6037
West Haven203-937-3642
East Haven203-468-8823
East Hartford860-569-0722

Of course, by contacting your local police department they may be able to assist you with a lost pet or if you have been attacked by a dog or another animal.

Contact Our Experienced Connecticut Dog Bite Attorneys Today

At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, our attorneys have great sympathy for those injured by dog bites and believe that if you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligent actions of a dog owner, the victim may be entitled to compensation for their losses and damages.

Based in New Haven, Bridgeport and Hartford, our attorneys are able to provide services throughout these and surrounding areas. Some of the surrounding areas we serve include:

To begin exploring your legal options, our legal team welcomes you to call us at 1-800-PERKINS or complete the Free Case Evaluation located at the top of this page. It is completely free to submit and all information will remain completely confidential.


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