Maryland Dog Bite Law | DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog

Maryland defines a “dangerous” dog as one that has killed or inflicted serious injury on a person without provocation, been determined to be “dangerous” by a state official after (1) biting a person, (2) killed or severely injured a domestic animal when not on its owner’s real property, or (3) attacked without provocation.

If your dog is found to be “dangerous,” you may not leave him alone at home unless:

  • the dog is confined indoors; or
  • the dog is securely enclosed in a locked pen; or
  • the dog is securely enclosed in another structure designed to hold him.

Additionally, you may not take him off your property unless he is leashed and muzzled.

Failure to comply with these laws results in a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $2500.

Source: Maryland Animal Statutes