Dallas Animal Services


Dangerous & Aggressive Dogs

 

​Overview

Dallas Animal Services encourages responsible pet ownership through continued education and outreach efforts. If a dog has been deemed dangerous in the City of Dallas, the owner must comply with specific requirements to ensure that people feel safe where they live, work, and play. Dangerous and aggressive dog determinations are governed by both state law and local ordinances.

What is the Difference? 

An aggressive dog means a dog that on at least one occasion, while not legally restrained, killed or injured a legally restrained domestic animal or livestock.

A dangerous dog is a dog that makes an unprovoked attack that causes bodily injury to a human, and occurs in a place other than an enclosure in which the dog was being kept and that was reasonably certain to prevent the dog from leaving the enclosure on its own OR commits unprovoked acts in a place other than an enclosure in which the dog was being kept and that was reasonably certain to prevent the dog from leaving the enclosure on its own and those acts cause a person to reasonably believe that the dog will attack and cause bodily injury to that person.

Legal Definitions

Dangerous Dog Definition

Aggressive Dog Definition

Determination Process

Dangerous Dog Determination Process

Aggressive Dog Determination Process

Affidavits & Statement Forms

Dangerous Dog Affidavit (ENGLISH) Dangerous Dog Affidavit (SPANISH)

Aggressive Dog Affidavit (ENGLISH) Aggressive Dog Affidavit (SPANISH)

 Statement of Witness (ENGLISH) / Statement of Witness (SPANISH)

Additional Information

Requirements for Ownership of a Dangerous Dog


 Databases

Dangerous Dogs Database

Aggressive Dogs Database

How to Handle Animal Bites

A person bitten or scratched by an animal MUST report the incident by calling 311.  Doctors and medical facilities must also report dog bites to DAS. Dallas Animal Services will investigate the incident.

A person may request an affidavit to initiate a dangerous dog investigation. See affidavit forms above or you can also call 214-670-8313 to have an affidavit mailed or faxed to you.

More information on dog bites can be found here.

Fees

The initial fees for owning a Dangerous or an Aggressive Dog are*:
Dangerous Dog Registration - $250
Aggressive Dog Registration - $250

The owner of a Dangerous or Aggressive Dog is also responsible for an annual registration fee of $50 each year.

*Additional fees may apply.