Nevada Revised Statutes Section 202.500 - Crimes and Punishments

Dangerous or vicious dogs: Unlawful acts; penalties.

1. As used in this section, a dog is:

(a) “Dangerous” if:

(1) It is so declared pursuant to subsection 2; or

(2) Without provocation, on two separate occasions within 18 months, it behaves menacingly, to a degree that would lead a reasonable person to defend himself against substantial bodily harm, when the dog is:

(I) Off the premises of its owner or keeper; or

(II) Not confined in a cage, pen or vehicle.

(b) “Provoked” when it is tormented or subjected to pain.

(c) “Vicious” if:

(1) Without being provoked, it kills or inflicts substantial bodily harm upon a human being; or

(2) After its owner or keeper has been notified by a law enforcement agency that it is dangerous, it continues the behavior described in paragraph (a).

2. A dog may be declared dangerous by a law enforcement agency if it is used in the commission of a crime by its owner or keeper.

3. A dog may not be found dangerous or vicious because of a defensive act against a person who was committing or attempting to commit a crime or who provoked the dog.

4. A person who knowingly:

(a) Owns or keeps a vicious dog, for more than 7 days after he has actual notice that the dog is vicious; or

(b) Transfers ownership of a vicious dog after he has actual notice that the dog is vicious,

Ę is guilty of a misdemeanor.

5. If substantial bodily harm results from an attack by a dog known to be vicious, its owner or keeper is guilty of a category D felony and shall be punished as provided in NRS 193.130. In lieu of, or in addition to, a penalty provided in this subsection, the judge may order the vicious dog to be humanely destroyed.

6. This section does not apply to a dog used by a law enforcement officer in the performance of his duty.

Last modified: February 25, 2006