How does Fairfax County define “dangerous and vicious dog?”


Each county in Virginia has its own set of local laws regulating what a dangerous and/or vicious dog is. In Fairfax, a “vicious dog” is one who has (1) killed a person, (2) inflicted serious injury to a person (multiple bites, seroiusly disfigured, seriously impaired the health of, or seriously impaired the bodily function of) or (3) continues to exhibit behavior that resulted in a previous finding by a court that the dog is dangerous. A “dangerous dog” is one that has (1) bitten, (2) attacked, (3) inflicted injury on a person or companion animal or (4) killed a companion animal. Virginia keeps a directory of all dogs that have been labeled “dangerous” and it can be found at


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