Dog That Bit Golden Retriever Deemed Vicious

A vicious dog hearing board has deemed one NK dog to be vicious.

A three-person board has deemed a Rhodesian Ridgeback that attacked two dogs to be vicious.

The four-year-old dog reportedly got away from its owner during a walk in Ryan Park and attacked a Golden Retriever, injuring both the retriever, the retriever's owner and the Ridgeback's own owner. According to reports, the Ridgeback attacked another dog in a previous incident.

The board's decision was based on a Rhode Island State Law that states that "any dog that bites, inflicts, assaults, or otherwise attacks a human being, or domestic animal without provocation on public private property" shall be deemed vicious.

The dog's owners, Nancy and Mark Seaback, must meet the following requirements in 30 days from the hearing (Oct. 25):

  • take out a vicious dog insurncy policy that covers up to $100,000 in damages;
  • must notify police and animal control if the dog is loose;
  • must notify both cities/towns if they move

Additionally, the owners cannot sell or give the dog away. If they do not want the dog, it shall be humanely euthanized. If they do not meet the above requirements, they will have to hand over the dog to the Town of North Kingstown.

ANGEL FISH November 04, 2012 at 10:40 PM
I don't understand why if this dog is taken out in public it isn't required to wear a muzzle. Isn't this a no brainer idea?
Dark star November 04, 2012 at 11:49 PM
You are far too logical Angel Fish.
LC November 05, 2012 at 12:18 AM
additional restrictions were put in place by the panel. It does have to wear a muzzle. Findings – Vicious 3-0 Must be muzzled and leashed when off owners property Must be leashed or in an enclosed area when on owners property Must be insured by owners (at least 100,000) with NK listed as additionally insured Must notify police if dog gets loose If owner moves must notify both cities/town of the move Owner cannot give dog away or sell dog Must be microchipped


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