2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 4 - AGRICULTURE AND DOMESTIC ANIMALS
Section 4:19-22 - Dog declared vicious by municipal court; conditions

Universal Citation: NJ Rev Stat § 4:19-22 (2017)

4:19-22. Dog declared vicious by municipal court; conditions

6. a. The municipal court shall declare the dog vicious if it finds by clear and convincing evidence that the dog:

(1) killed a person or caused serious bodily injury as defined in N.J.S.2C:11-1(b) to a person; or

(2) has engaged in dog fighting activities as described in R.S.4:22-24 and R.S.4:22-26.

b. A dog shall not be declared vicious for inflicting death or serious bodily injury as defined in N.J.S.2C:11-1(b) upon a person if the dog was provoked. The municipality shall bear the burden of proof to demonstrate that the dog was not provoked.

c. If the municipal court declares a dog to be vicious, and no appeal is made of this ruling pursuant to section 9 of P.L.1989, c.307 (C.4:19-25), the dog shall be destroyed in a humane and expeditious manner, except that no dog may be destroyed during the pendency of an appeal.

L.1989,c.307,s.6; amended 1994,c.187,s.3.

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