JLDI News - May 2020
People are welcome to enjoy the lake with their pets, but each year we have more and more issues ranging from dangerous or unrestrained dogs. If you have a pet at the lake, you have a responsibility for your animal. Everyone may not like animals and some animals don't like all humans. I think all cities and towns have leash laws and while Johnson Lake doesn't fall into that category, common courtesy dictates that you take proper control of your pet. The Gosper County Attorney shared the following information related to dog incidents in Gosper County:
The best course of action that a lessee can take if an incident occurs is to immediately report the incident to the Gosper County Sheriff. It appears that one of the main issues with the previous incident was the delay in reporting the matter to the Gosper County Sheriff as they cannot retroactively investigate/enforce an incident of this nature. In most cases involving a dog incident in Gosper County it results in a civil matter as the owner is liable for the damages resulting from the animal, as per Nebraska Revised Statutes Chapter 54. Livestock – Article 6. Dogs and Cats.
In order for the incident to be a criminal matter it would have to meet the criteria in Nebraska Revised Statutes Chapter 54. Livestock § 54-617. Dangerous dogs; terms, defined:
• (3)(a) Dangerous dog means a dog that, according to the records of an animal control authority: (i) Has killed a human being; (ii) has inflicted injury on a human being that requires medical treatment; (iii) has killed a domestic animal without provocation; or (iv) has been previously determined to be a potentially dangerous dog by an animal control authority, the owner has received notice from an animal control authority or an animal control officer of such determination, and the dog inflicts an injury on a human being that does not require medical treatment, injures a domestic animal, or threatens the safety of humans or domestic animals.
For more information: https://nebraskalegislature.gov/laws/browse-chapters.php?chapter=54