My Neighbor Has a Dangerous Dog or Animal, What Can I Do?

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Not much can be done about a growling dog that's never bit anyone. The owner might be able to be convinced to muzzle the dog when taking it out. However, once it bites someone, the owner will be liable for the damages and may be required to muzzle or otherwise restrain the dog. State and local laws tend to address animals specifically, especially exotic ones.

Growling or Biting Dog

If the dog has not bitten the tenant, the best course of action is simply for the tenant or landlord to ask the person to muzzle the dog when taking it out. There is generally no legal requirement for them to do so, but if the dog DOES bite a tenant, the owner will be liable for any medical expenses (sometimes thousands of dollars).

Local Laws for Exotic Animals

A tenant may discover the neighbor keeps an exotic animal, like a baby bobcat or an alligator, as a pet. In many dense city areas, such animals are prohibited by local laws. Even in rural areas, many states and local ordinances restrict the kinds of animals that a person can own. In some cases, these exotic animals are dangerous to the owners, neighbors, and the animal itself. Tenants (or landlords) can check local laws and report illegal activity to animal control or other city officials.

Growling or Biting Dog


If the dog has not bitten the tenant, the best course of action is simply for the tenant or landlord to ask the person to muzzle the dog when taking it out. There is generally no legal requirement for them to do so, but if the dog DOES bite a tenant, the owner will be liable for any medical expenses (sometimes thousands of dollars).

Local Laws for Exotic Animals


A tenant may discover the neighbor keeps an exotic animal, like a baby bobcat or an alligator, as a pet. In many dense city areas, such animals are prohibited by local laws. Even in rural areas, many states and local ordinances restrict the kinds of animals that a person can own. In some cases, these exotic animals are dangerous to the owners, neighbors, and the animal itself. Tenants (or landlords) can check local laws and report illegal activity to animal control or other city officials.

Last Update : July 22, 2018 UTC

Comments discussing Dangerous Animal

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This drug dealer moved across the street. Shady people keeping coming in and out, they're making noise, and they got a couple nasty pitbulls. It's dangerous and ruinuing the neighborhood.
Renter in Memphis, TN, USA
Dangerous Animal