TRENTON, N.J. – Assembly Republican Leader and Senator-elect Jon Bramnick wants owners to step forward if their dog bites a person. He introduced legislation Monday to make it a disorderly persons offense if an owner fails to immediately notify police or leaves the scene after their pet bites or injures a person in their presence.
“Dog owners have a responsibility to the victims injured by their pets to make sure police are notified and law enforcement have a record of the attack,” said Bramnick (R-Union). “Too many times victims cannot identify the dog or its owner.”
A person convicted of a disorderly persons offense under the bill (A6036) would be subject to a fine between $500 and $1,000 or six months in prison, or both.