04 Apr Leash Law In Las Vegas
People commonly Google the phrase “leash law in Las Vegas” because they are looking for information on the laws surrounding owners keeping their dogs restrained. The general concern about unrestrained dogs is that they could potentially harm people or other animals. While there are lots of studies around that will discuss which dogs are most likely to bite, based upon statistics from past cases, it is to be understood that ANY dog can bite. Not only can any dog bite, in certain situations any dog WILL bite. These situations are going to involve many factors, but owners who believe that they know exactly how their dog will react 100% of the time are simply wrong. This proves itself in the fact that the overwhelming majority of dog bite cases will include a statement from the owner saying that the dog has never bitten before. Compare this with the fact that 4.5-4.7 million people are bitten by dogs in the United States every year, and dog bites send almost 1,000 people to the emergency room every day. There are about 90 million dogs in the United States, and the fifth leading cause of childhood injury that requires hospitalization is as a result of dog bites. The evidence supports the fact that dogs can, and will bite. It is the owner’s responsibility to keep their dog under control in order to prevent humans or other animals from being bitten by their dog. This is the reasoning behind the “leash laws” in Nevada.
There are different “leash laws” that pertain to different areas in the Las Vegas metro area. As a matter of fact, there is a different law that applies to Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas and unincorporated Clark County. While each area has it’s own set of rules regarding keeping your dog on a leash, we will use unincorporated Clark County as the example because the majority of well populated suburbs fall within the region. These are the areas where we find many people walking their dogs on a daily basis, and we also find many dog owners acting negligently. You can find the Animal Ordinance for Clark County referencing restraining your dog on a leash at https://library.municode.com/nv/clark_county/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=TIT10AN_CH10.36NOWARESADEAN where you can see that “No person owning or having possession of any animal other than a cat, shall cause, permit or allow the animal to stray, run or in any manner be at large.” This is found in Chapter 10.36.040 – Restraint and sanitation, and it specifically states that all dog owners must keep their dogs on leashes at all times except when within s fenced in private property or a fenced in dog park or other area specifically designed for off-leash activities. At no time is an owner allowed to permit their dog to run free without a restraint, and this is the crux of the “negligence” aspect of a civil lawsuit against an owner if their dog harms a person or animal that is owned by a person (private property.)
If you are bitten by a dog that is unrestrained, you can file a civil suit against the owner of that dog. You can sue for damages caused to you or your property as a result of that owner’s negligence. You can have your medical bills taken care of, as well as be compensated for pain and suffering caused to you. Just because the owner of the dog that attacked you claims that they are not responsible does not mean that they are not. Contact THE VEGAS LAWYERS immediately after seeking medical treatment if you are bitten by a dog in Las Vegas. We are the Las Vegas dog bite lawyers you need.