Aug 22, 2017
It's a beautiful summer here in Hamilton. The weather is hot, the sun is out, and the parks are full of people walking around with their furry four legged companions.
However, you should note there are a few legalities pertaining to dogs if they cause personal injuries.
- Keep your dog licenses up to date. The fine for an unlicensed pet can range anywhere from $180 - $10,000.
- Keep your dog on a leash at all times (except in off leash areas, like the Corporal Nathan Cirillo Leash Free Dog Park).
- If your dog attacks someone, the fine can reach up to $10,000 and result in a six-month incarceration period for the owner. The owner is also liable for the legal fees of those that personal injuries were caused to and medical bills
- Always clean up after your dog. Not doing so can result in fines.
Remember to follow these rules and you and your little furry friend should be able to enjoy a lovely and wonderful summer with your fellow Hamiltonians.
If you don’t own a dog, it is very important that you are also aware of these rules. Always be aware of dogs and that, like people, every dog has a different personality. Always check with the owner before approaching or touching any dog. Make sure you and any children keep calm and are careful when interacting with them. Remember to listen to the owner as to where to touch the dog and what parts of their bodies to avoid. If a dog owner tells you not to touch their dog, or that their dog has issues with children, do not ignore them since your safety may depend on them.
In the event of an accident resulting in personal injury, feel free to contact our team at The Morris Law Group to discuss your rights.