If you come across an aggressive dog in your neighborhood it can be very scary and possibly dangerous. Angels Law is in place to help protect the public from aggressive dogs, especially kids and people who are not able to protect themselves against dog attacks. The City of Albuquerque does find owners to be liable for the harm their dogs cause, even if it is on their property.
If you are concerned about an aggressive dog you can report them to the city.
The act defines dogs as such:
- “Potentially Dangerous Dog: A dog that may reasonably be assumed to pose a threat to public safety as demonstrated by the following behaviors: 1) Causing an injury to a person or companion animal that is less severe than a serious injury; 2) Chasing or menacing a person or companion animal in an aggressive manner and without provocation; or 3) Acting in an aggressive manner within a fenced yard or enclosure and appearing able to jump out of the yard or enclosure.
- Dangerous Dog: A dog that has, without provocation, caused serious injury, great bodily harm, or mortal injury to a person or companion animal; or was previously designated as a potentially dangerous dog and subsequently: (1) causes injury to a person or companion animal that is less severe than a serious injury; or (2) is observed by any person chasing or menacing a person or companion animal in an aggressive manner and without provocation. Police dogs are excepted from the definition.
- Irresponsible Owner: A dog owner deemed incapable or unable to safely or humanely own an animal.” -https://www.cabq.gov/pets/education-resources/dogs/dangerous-dogs
Actions taken by the city depend on what the City of Albuquerque determines. Often times a hearing will be called at which time a judge will decide the fate of the dog and the dog owner. Most often, people are given the chance to get their dogs back under control and placed in an environment that keeps themselves, other people, and the dog safe. But depending on the severity of the charge, the dog can be euthanized.
It is very serious to report a dog, so please do not do so light heartedly. However, it is for your safety and the safety of the community that you report a dangerous dog. Please be safe.