There is no statewide leash law in Virginia. However, many municipalities have ordinances requiring dogs to be on a leash when out in public. If you were bitten by a dog not on a leash violating a local ordinance, you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries under Virginia’s laws.
Does Norfolk Have a Leash Law?
Yes, there is a leash ordinance in Norfolk. It is unlawful for an owner or person in control of a dog to allow the dog to be at large within city limits. A dog is considered at large if they are roaming, running, flying, or self-hunting off the owner’s property when not leashed or secured in an animal carrier. A first violation of this law is a Class 4 misdemeanor.
Does Virginia Beach Have a Leash Law?
Virginia Beach also has a law that requires dogs to be on a leash in public in most circumstances. Under the rule, it is unlawful for an owner or custodian of a dog to allow the dog to go on a park, public street, sidewalk, or right-of-way without being leashed. However, dogs are permitted to run free without being on a leash at designated parks, such as:
- Bayville Farms Park
- Red Wing Park
- Salem Woods Park
- Marshview Park
What Happens if a Dog Bites Someone When Not on a Leash?
Under Virginia’s dog bite laws, a dog bite victim must prove that the dog bit someone in the past or that the owner knew or should have known that the dog was dangerous to be entitled to compensation for their injuries. However, if the dog was not on a leash as required by a local ordinance, the victim may have a claim against the dog’s owner or custodian based on their negligence in allowing the animal to roam unleashed.
Did you suffer injuries from a dog bite in Virginia Beach or Norfolk? Our experienced premises liability lawyers can explain your options and can go up against the insurance company so that you receive all the compensation you deserve under Virginia Law. To learn more about how we can assist you, call our Norfolk office at 757-625-1214 or complete our online form to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation today.