A RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR TO SCHEDULE A PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER an Amendment to Section 4-1 of the Fauquier County Code, Definitions, to Revise the Definition of a Dangerous Dog


WHEREAS, the Code of Virginia authorizes the County to adopt an Ordinance which defines a dangerous dog to include a dog which has attacked another dog, subject to certain statutory exemptions; and


WHEREAS, the County Code currently does not include such a provision within the definition of “Dangerous dog;” and


WHEREAS, the proposed amended definition, subject to the statutorily required exemptions, would read as follows:


Dangerous dog. The term "dangerous dog" means any canine or canine crossbreed which has bitten, attacked, or inflicted injury on a person or companion animal, other than a dog, or killed a companion animal. however, when a dog attacks or bites another dog, the attacking or biting dog shall not be deemed dangerous (i) if no serious physical injury as determined by a licensed veterinarian has occurred to the other dog as a result of the attack or bite or (ii) both dogs are owned by the same person.   No dog shall be found to be a dangerous dog as a result of biting, attacking or inflicting injury on another dog while engaged with an owner or custodian as part of lawful hunting or participating in an organized, lawful dog handling event.


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WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors has determined that it would be appropriate to consider public comment regarding whether to adopt such an amended definition of “Dangerous dog”; now, therefore, be it


RESOLVED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 13th day of October 2005, That the County Administrator be, and is hereby, directed to schedule a public hearing to consider public comment on the proposed amendment to the definition of “Dangerous dog” in the Fauquier County Code.



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Paul S. McCulla

Clerk to the Board of Supervisors