Dangerous & Vicious Dogs
Dog owners need to be aware of the regulations that govern vicious and dangerous dogs.
- What are the legal definitions for dangerous and vicious dogs in Fairfax County?
- Are there times where a dog that has bitten someone won’t be deemed dangerous?
- What happens if I have an incident involving a dog bite or attack?
- Are there certain breeds that are more dangerous?
- What happens if a judge finds my dog to be dangerous or vicious?
- How can I find out if there are any dangerous dogs in my neighborhood?
- Are any dogs allowed to run free in Fairfax County?
- What should I do if I see a dog running free?
- What happens if my dog runs free and gets picked up by an officer?
Yes the state law ( §3.2-6540) denotes provisions for this.
- Call Animal Protection Police at 703-691-2131
- The responding officer will confine the animal in a manner permitted by law
- The case may be brought to court for a judge to determine if the dog is dangerous or vicious
No animal shall be deemed dangerous solely because of its breed.
Apply for and purchase a "Dangerous Dog" registration tag (currently $150) from the Animal Services Division
- Dogs are not allowed to roam free.
- A dog under owners supervision while lawfully hunting
- Engaged in an obedience training class or show
- While in a Fairfax County-sanctioned off-leash or dog exercise area
- Call the non-emergency dispatch number, 703-691-2131
- An Animal Control Officer must witness a violation for a law enforcement action to occur, otherwise the citizen may request a warrant from a magistrate
- An unrestricted dog may be impounded (taken to the Animal Shelter)
- If the owner is immediately located, the owner may be issued a summons