Conclusion

Because “dog court” procedures frequently do not protect the dog bite victim, she should not communicate with animal control authorities until her lawyer reviews the city and county ordinances, obtains the department’s committment as to which laws and procedures they will be following, and is satisfied that the issues addressed above will be resolved fairly. City, county and state lawmakers need to revise existing dangerous dog laws and dog court procedures so that the dog owner’s right of due process does not eclipse the victim’s right of privacy, her right to seek compensation under the rules of fairness of our civil justice system, and the public’s right to streets that are safe from killer dogs.