Pets at home

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When we got our rescue dog, they said he'd bitten other dogs in the past. But he's so gentle! Yet I've been told that because of his past, he's a so-called "dangerous dog," and if I don't take extra precautions I could be in legal trouble if he re-offends. Is that right?

Whatever your choice of a pet — big or small, traditional or exotic, a companion or a helper — you have legal responsibilities as its owner. They extend both to the pet and to your fellow humans. Let’s look at what you need to know about taking care of your pet at home. (We also have information on taking care of pets in public.)

What you should know

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David Kandestin, People's Law School

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