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Dangerous Dogs

Information about dangerous dogs in Albuquerque.

Download: Angel's Law

Download: Angel's Law

Dangerous Dogs in Albuquerque

Angel's Law was established to protect the public, especially young children and others unable to protect themselves from vicious attacks, from the threat to health and safety that dangerous dogs present. The City Council found that owners who allow their dangerous dogs to run loose in the city or fail to safely and humanely restrain those dogs on their property are criminally and civilly liable for the harm those dogs cause.

The ordinance focuses on three items: Potentially Dangerous Dogs, Dangerous Dogs, and Irresponsible Owners.

Note: Police dogs are not included in the definitions.

  • Potentially Dangerous Dog: A dog that may reasonably be assumed to pose a threat to public safety as demonstrated by the following behaviors: 1) Causing an injury to a person or companion animal that is less severe than a serious injury; 2) Chasing or menacing a person or companion animal in an aggressive manner and without provocation; or 3) Acting in an aggressive manner within a fenced yard or enclosure and appearing able to jump out of the yard or enclosure.
  • Dangerous Dog: A dog that has, without provocation, caused serious injury, great bodily harm, or mortal injury to a person or companion animal; or was previously designated as a potentially dangerous dog and subsequently: (1) causes injury to a person or companion animal that is less severe than a serious injury; or (2) is observed by any person chasing or menacing a person or companion animal in an aggressive manner and without provocation. Police dogs are excepted from the definition.
  • Irresponsible Owner: A dog owner deemed incapable or unable to safely or humanely own an animal.