Royal Palm Beach OKs stronger definition of ‘dangerous dogs’


It’s now easier for Royal Palm Beach to declare a dog “dangerous.”

The village council voted unanimously with little discussion Thursday to approve changing the village’s definition of a “dangerous dog,” while also adding definitions for aggressive and vicious dogs. The move brings Royal Palm Beach’s rules in line with those of Palm Beach County Animal Care and control, said village director of community development Rob Hill.

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Royal Palm Beach bans dogs that have been declared dangerous or vicious from within village boundaries. But under the previous rules, a dog could only be declared dangerous if it attacked, caused serious injury or endangered a human twice within a 12-month period, or attacked and caused serious injury or death to a domestic animal while off the owner’s property twice in a 12-month period.

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The new rules eliminate the 12-month limitation.

“A dog that has instances within a 12-month period could quite often, if it goes beyond that, start another rolling period, and that doesn’t serve our residents well,” Hill told the council at a February meeting where the changes first were discussed.

The village reviewed its rules after a resident said the code was not tough enough, pointing to a dog that had two violations but could not be declared dangerous because those events happened 13 months apart.

The new definitions will streamline the process of declaring a dog dangerous, Hill said in February.



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