Hattiesburg, MS asked in Animal / Dog Law for Mississippi

Q: I live in Baldwyn MS, the neighbor dog has bitten three children in community, and what can I do to keep my child safe

The dog is allowed to run loose, and come across road to my house regularly, I have a 2 year old grandchildren afraid to go in yard..I have shot at it.,and hollered, neighbors just look and leave.

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Arthur Calderon
Arthur Calderon
  • Madison, MS
  • Licensed in Mississippi

A: There's really not a whole lot that you can do, aside from alert local law enforcement. Keep in mind that in Mississippi, a dog really only gets one bite, and that one bite puts the owner on notice of the dog's violent propensities. In other words, after that first bite, the owner is liable for any further bites from the animal.

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