An Inside Look at The Dangerous Dog Law

The dangerous dog statute, which says it is illegal to use a dog as a weapon against another pet or human, is a first time charge in the  Waynesboro SWAT raid case of Christopher Uhler.

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV)-- In Virginia, this charge is a class six felony. This means offenders of it could face one to five years in prison.

In West Virginia, the law in place is a one-bite rule. This means that if the owner knows of an animal's potential to attack, and they attack, the owner can be charged, but with lesser charges than in the Commonwealth.

"Attempted murder with a dog as a weapon? Seems like he should get more," said Mark Baughan on Facebook.

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