Maryland leash laws help to prevent the personal injuries that can result from dog bites or dog attacks.

While most dog owners seem to understand the so called “pooper scooper” law, there are many other animal control laws that are designed not only for the protection of people, but also for the animals themselves.

Leash laws are one set of such laws that are designed to help prevent dog bites and personal injuries.

Leash laws often play an important role in preventing unnecessary personal injuries resulting from dog bites.  Leash laws are often legally referred to as “Running at Large Statutes”, meaning the dog is unconstrained and roaming freely.

Maryland does not have a state-wide leash law, but several counties require that dogs outside the confines of their owner’s property be leashed, with the exception of designated dog parks.

Dog owners often argue that their dog is obedient and friendly, or that no harm or personal injuries have ever resulted from letting their dog off the leash.  While that may be the case, it is impossible to account for the actions of other pet owners’ dogs.  Leashed dogs can react aggressively when an at-large dog approaches.

Trying to break up a dog fight of this nature is not easy.  At best, one or both of the animals could be injured and an owner slapped with steep vet bills.  At worst, a person could be bitten and sustain serious personal injuries. And a personal injury resulting from a dog bite can be traumatic for the victim.

Leash laws also play an important role during dog bite litigation.  There are many factors to consider in a dog bite case, but the chance of being held liable for personal injuries is much greater for the owner whose dog was at-large.

For more information about Maryland dog bite laws, or personal injuries resulting from dog bites, please contact the victims’ rights attorneys at AFSL.