In North Carolina, dog bite injuries occur much more frequently than one might expect. One of the main reasons for dog or other animal bite cases is due to owners' negligence in keeping others safe from dangerous animals.
According to a recent news article from the Fayetteville Observer, Cumberland County commissioners gave preliminary approval to a new civil ordinance, which will require owners of a dog that bites someone severe enough to require medical attention to pay a fine of $500. This law passed six to one.
The sole county commissioner who voted in opposition to the new dog bite ordinance said he was concerned with one provision of the new law, which gives the director of Cumberland County Animal Control authority to revoke a dog owner's permit to own a dog immediately, as opposed to suspending the permit pending a hearing to be held within 30 days of an alleged violation. While dog owners accused of a violation will still be given an opportunity to appeal the revocation, he fears this still constitutes a due process violation.