A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO REGULATE THE OWNERSHIP OF AGGRESSIVE DOG BREEDS.
Enacts new Article 82B in GS Chapter 58 regulating ownership of dogs falling into the category of defined aggressive dog breed. Ownership of a dog that is of an aggressive dog breed is prohibited after January 1, 2014, unless the owner (1) submits to a criminal background check, (2) enrolls in a course of instruction of no less than four hours of education about responsible ownership and temperament of the breed, (3) notifies the issuer of the person's homeowner's or renter's insurance policy, and (4) applies to the Department of Insurance for a special permit to possess the dog at a fee of no more than $25. Sets out the requirements for the permitting process and allows an owner to appeal a permit denied.
Effective January 1, 2014, violation of this statute may result in a penalty of up to $50.
Effective January 1, 2015, violation of this statute is a Class 3 misdemeanor.
Applies to persons who take ownership of dogs covered by the act on or after January 1, 2014.
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