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Villarreal & Begum Law Firm September 29, 2020

[Interactive Map] Dangerous Dogs in the City of Austin and Travis County, Texas

Each year, 4.5 million Americans suffer dog bites, approximately 800,000 of which require medical attention. And more than half of dog bite victims are children.

How many of those attacks could have been prevented if parents knew where dangerous dogs in their area were kept?

Travis County, Texas keeps a list of all known dangerous dogs, which are dogs that have attacked in the past (see below for full definition) and are subject to county regulations. 19 of these dogs—30% of the total—are located within half a mile of a school.

The Villarreal & Begum Law Firm teamed up with data visualization firm 1Point21 Interactive to create an interactive map of declared dangerous dogs currently residing in Austin and all of Travis County. The map also highlights their proximity to schools so families can be more aware of potential danger on their children’s walk to and from school.

Description of Map

This interactive map displays all of the dogs included on the Travis County Declared Dangerous Dogs list, as of January 6, 2020. All of the public schools in Travis County, Texas are also displayed. The map includes information about breed danger, proximity to schools, and dogs’ names. Both dangerous dogs and schools in Travis County are represented by points on the map.

Schools are shown as blue dots. Dogs residing within 0.5 miles of a school are represented by red dots, while dogs not located within 0.5 miles of a school are yellow dots. The radius of the red and yellow dots corresponds with the Dog Breed Danger Index. Hover over any dot to see additional details, such as dog name, dog breed, school name, grade level, and zip code. (Note: If you are viewing on mobile, we recommend rotating your device for best user experience.)

 

Name of Dog Sex Breed Breed Danger Index Zip Code Within 0.5 Miles of a School?
Holly spayed female Labrador/Pit Bull mix 5 78736 No
Missy spayed female Pit Bull mix 5 78660 No
Maia female Pit Bull mix 5 78660 No
Lacy spayed female Labrador Retriever Mix 2 78669 Yes
Lady Bug spayed female Pit Bull/Jack Russell mix 5 78617 No
Tug male Queensland Heeler mix 3 78704 No
Tiny male Boxer mix 3 78744 No
Bumpy neutered male Bull Terrier 5 78759 No
Sydney spayed female Beagle 2 78739 No
Tank neutered German Wire-haired Pointer 1 78733 No
Lily female Chihuahua 2 78741 No
Nala spayed female Pit Bull mix 5 78749 No
Clementine spayed female  Australian Cattle Dog 3 78759 No
Kilo neutered male Pit Bull mix 5 78724 No
Dozer neutered male Rhodesian Ridgeback 3 78749 Yes
Zues neutered male Great Dane 2 78727 No
Cleo female Labrador Retriever mix 2 78757 Yes
Little Girl spayed female Bull Terrier 5 78759 No
Ladybird spayed female Pit Bull mix 5 78745 No
Maya spayed female Pit Bull mix 5 78660 Yes
Lahlo spayed female Boxer mix 3 78739 No
Coronel male German Shepherd mix 4 78653 No
Ginger spayed female American Fox Terrier mix 2 78724 No
Mulligan neutered male Bullmastiff 4 78713 Yes
G male Pit Bull/Boxer mix 5 78758 Yes
Bella spayed female Pit Bull mix 5 78702 No
Austin male Australian Shepherd 2 78732 No
Lia spayed female Pit Bull/Jack Russell mix 5 78617 No
Lexie female Pit Bull 5 78759 No
Rita female Australian Shepherd 2 78741 No
Jonah female Pit Bull mix 5 78721 No
Weezer female German Shepherd 4 78725 No
Buddy male Pitbull mix 5 78745 Yes
Sunny neutered male Shepherd mix 4 78660 No
Chuy spayed female Boxer mix 3 78722 Yes
Lucy spayed female Boxer mix 3 78722 Yes
Salty male  Boxer 3 78732 No
Sparkles spayed female Plott Hound mix 2 78669 Yes
Cinnamon female Border Collie 2 78758 Yes
Tyson neutered male German Shepherd 4 78726 No
Abbo neutered male Great Pyrenees mix 2 78722 No
Nippy female Shepherd mix 4 78757 No
Aries spayed female Cane Corso 4 78749 Yes
Shebba female Pit Bull mix 5 78744 Yes
Charlie neutered male Labrador Retriever mix 2 78739 Yes
Blue male Pit Bull mix 5 78721 No
Lincoln male Pit Bull Terrier 5 78754 No
Miles Davis female Golden Retriever 2 78746 No
Milo neutered male German Pointer 2 78733 No
Boomer neutered Pit Bull Mix 5 78660 No
Diva intact female Pit Bull 5 78653 No
Sissy female German Shepherd 4 78723 No
June female Pit Bull 5 78736 No
Taz neutered male Boxer mix 3 78739 No
Negro neutered male Chihuahua mix 2 78617 No
Gucio male Giant Schnauzer 2 78728 Yes
Jack neutered male Labrador Retriever mix 2 78705 No
Keely spayed female Labrador Retriever mix 2 78702 Yes
Flint neutered male Blue Lacy mix 2 78669 No
Lucky male Chihuahua 2 78744 Yes
Iko neutered male Catahoula mix 3 78732 No
Diego neutered male Great Pyrenees 2 78758 Yes
Pinky female Boxer mix 3 78744 Yes

 

Dangerous Dog Definition

According to Austin/Travis County Animal Services, a “dangerous dog” in Travis County is defined as a dog that:

(A) Makes an unprovoked attack on a person that causes bodily injury, and occurs in a place other than an enclosure in which the dog was being kept and that was reasonably certain to prevent the dog from leaving the enclosure on its own: or

(B) Commits unprovoked acts in a place other than an enclosure which the dog was being kept and that reasonably certain to prevent the dogs from leaving the enclosure on its own and those acts cause a person to reasonably believe that the dog will attack and cause bodily injury to a person. 

Requirements for Dangerous Dogs

In Travis County, a dog owner is required to do the following within 30 days of discovering their dog is dangerous:

  1. Register the dog annually with the local Animal Control Authority and pay a registration fee of $50.00.
  2. Keep the dog on a leash at all times and in the immediate control of a person, or in a secure enclosure.
  3. Obtain liability insurance coverage (or show financial responsibility in an amount of at least $100,000) to cover damages resulting from an attack that causes bodily injury to a person.
  4. Submit proof of the dog’s current rabies vaccination.
  5. Attach the issued dangerous dog tag to the dog’s collar or harness and keep it on at all times.
  6. Inform the local Animal Control Authority if the dangerous dog is sold or moved to a new address within 14 days of the sale or move of the dog. The new owner of the dog can register the dog by presenting the prior registration and paying a $25.00 fee to the Animal Control Authority.
  7. Inform the Animal Control Authority office of any attacks on people by the dangerous dog.

If an owner does not comply with all of these requirements, they must give the dog to the Animal Control Authority within 30 days of learning the dog is a dangerous dog.

What Happens if a Dangerous Dog Attacks Again?

If a declared dangerous dog makes an unprovoked attack on another person outside the dog’s enclosure and causes bodily injury to the other person, the dog’s owner commits an offense.

According to the Texas Penal Code, this type of offense is a Class C misdemeanor, unless the attack causes serious bodily injury or death, in which case it is a Class A misdemeanor. If a person is found guilty of an offense under this section, the court may order the dangerous dog destroyed by a person listed in Section 822.004 of the Texas Health and Safety Code. 

Someone who commits an offense under this section is liable for a civil penalty not to exceed $10,000, in addition to criminal prosecution.

Dog Breed Danger Index

Using data from several academic studies surrounding dog bites, our team created a danger index ordering dog breeds from most to least dangerous, as determined by the prevalence of bites, severity of damage, and overall aggression. We chose to include only studies that measured the actual prevalence of bites by breed, rather than speculative lists based only on perceived likelihood of attack.

Listed from Most Dangerous to Least Dangerous:

5: Pit Bulls (including mixes)*

4: German Shepards (including mixes), Rottweilers (including mixes), Bull Mastiffs/Presa Canario, Italian Mastiffs/Cane Corso

3: Akitas, Boxers, Huskies, Dobermans, Chow Chows, Wolf Hybrids, Australian Cattle Dogs/Blue Heelers/Queensland Heelers, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Catahoulas, Shiba Inus

2: Great Danes, Retrievers, Australian Shepards, Saint Bernards, Plott Hounds, Chihuahuas**, Beagles, American Fox Terriers, Border Collies, Great Pyranees, German Pointers, Giant Schnauzers, Blue Lacys, other large/mid-size breeds

1: Dalmatians, Pointers, Pekingese, Spitz***, other small/tiny breeds

Additional Notes

* “Pit Bull” includes American Pit Bull Terrier, the Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

** Chihuahuas are placed in Level 2 because they are quite aggressive and likely to bite (despite their small size).

*** These are the breeds least likely to bite, according to the Ohio State study. None of the other studies listed them among high-bite breeds.

What is the Controversy Surrounding Pit Bulls?

Every year, about 14,025 Americans are hospitalized due to injuries from dog bites. In a 15-year period spanning 2005 to 2019, pit bulls contributed to 66% of dog bite fatalities. Because pit bulls were bred for dogfighting, they have a “hold and shake” bite style and do not let go, which makes their attacks far more likely to be deadly. This is why they are given their own category in the Dog Breed Danger Index.

However, there is a good amount of controversy surrounding pit bulls. Because the term pit bull encompasses several breed varieties, their advocates claim “pit bull” isn’t a breed or that they are impossible to identify. Many also claim, “It’s the owner, not the breed.” Both of these arguments ignore the obvious genetic factors that make them both identifiable and likely to kill when they bite.

From a legal perspective, the inherent danger of pit bulls combined with the attitude of their owners creates a public safety problem. While knowing the locations of declared dangerous dogs can help you and your family stay safe, this awareness alone is not always enough to prevent an attack.

 If you have suffered bodily injury after being attacked by a dog in Austin or elsewhere in Texas, we invite you to contact our dog bite lawyers to schedule a free initial consultation.