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What are the financial penalties for someone who breaks the city's "dangerous dog" law?

If a dog is impounded while the city awaits a dangerous-dog hearing, the owner has to pay the costs of impoundment. Also, if the dog is found by a judge to be dangerous -- for example, if a judge found it attacked and injured another animal or was kept primarily for fighting -- the owner must pay a $50 annual fee to keep the dog registered with the Lawrence Humane Society.

Once the dog is declared dangerous, it must be kept in a locked enclosure. If the dog gets into trouble again, the owner must pay a fine ranging from $250 to $500.


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