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This website is maintained by the Law Offices of Dean Malone, P.C., a Dallas, Texas law firm representing people across Texas for dog bite injury cases. We have attempted to provide useful information for those harmed by animal attacks.

A Pit Bull Mix Attacks a Dallas, Texas, Couple and Their Pet – Part 4

Friday, June 12th, 2015
English: An Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler).

English: An Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The following is more information from the Texas Health and Safety Code under Title 10, health and safety of animals, chapter 822, regulation of animals, subchapter A, dogs that attack persons or are a danger to persons.

From Section .005 – Attack by Dog:

A person in Texas commits an offense if he or she is the owner of a dog and the person:

  • With criminal negligence, fails to keep the dog secured and the dog makes an unprovoked attack on another person, as long as it is at a location other than the owner’s real property or in the owner’s boat or automobile, and the attack causes serious bodily injury or death to the other person; or
  • Is aware that the dog is dangerous and the dangerous dog makes an unprovoked attack on another person, as long as it is at a location other than the owner’s real property or in the owner’s boat or automobile, and the attack causes serious bodily injury or death to the other person.

Under this section of the law, an offense is a third-degree felony unless the attack results in a fatality, in which case it is a second-degree felony.

If a person is found guilty of an offense according to this section of the law, the court may order the dog destroyed.

Read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of this continuing series. In the next segment, read about defenses to dog bites, from Section .006.

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