In New Mexico, there is no specific dog bite statute. However, lack of a strict liability statute does not mean that liability may not attach under other types of liability, such as negligence, nuisance, or willful misconduct of various kinds.
A potentially dangerous dog is a dog that may reasonably be assumed to pose a threat to public safety as demonstrated by:
A dog is considered a "dangerous dog" if it caused serious injury to a person or domestic animal.
A dog will not be declared dangerous or potentially dangerous if it was:
An owner of a dog found to be dangerous or potentially dangerous must comply with registration and handling requirements within 30 days or have the dog humanely destroyed.
An owner of a dangerous dog is guilty of
It is unlawful for any person to keep any dog known to be vicious and liable to attack or injure humans, unless the dog is securely kept to prevent injury to any person. In addition to impoundment and possible destruction of the dog, the owner may be liable for violations of conditions of release of a dangerous dog and charged with crimes ranging from misdemeanors to first degree felonies.
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