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Dangerous animal legislation

The American Animal Hospital Association supports dangerous animal legislation by state, provincial, county, or municipal governments that provide guidelines for the management of dangerous animals, provided that legislation does not refer to specific breeds or classes of animals.

This legislation should be directed at fostering safety and protection of the general public, their companion or domestic animals, and livestock from animals classified as dangerous. The determination that an animal is dangerous should only be undertaken by a qualified veterinarian or animal behaviorist, and only after a careful investigation of all the circumstances surrounding a dangerous incident, such as a dog bite, has been conducted.

Adopted by the American Animal Hospital Association Board of Directors, March 1995. Last revised October 2009.

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