Criminal Negligence statutes in Nevada are very broad and include penalties for a wide range of conduct, including keeping a vicious animal, leaving a child or an animal unattended in a vehicle, storing a refrigerator without removing the door, or directing a laser device at an aircraft, even hanging doors that open the wrong way could result in being charged with a misdemeanor, in addition to any civil liability resulting from any injury that may result.
Keeping A Dangerous Or Vicious Dog
In Nevada, a dog may not be deemed dangerous or vicious based solely on the breed of the dog. However, there are certain circumstances that will identify a dog as either “dangerous” or “vicious” pursuant to statute. Those two terms have substantially different meanings.
A dog is deemed to be “dangerous” if on two separate occasions within an 18 month period, it behaves menacingly, without provocation, to a degree that would lead a reasonable person to defend himself or herself against bodily harm. However, there are limits or mitigating circumstances. The dog must be off the premises of the owner or keeper or not confined in a cage, pen or vehicle. Further, a dog is “provoked” if it is tormented or subjected to pain. A dog may also be declared dangerous by law enforcement if it is used in the commission of a crime by its owner or keeper.
A dog is deemed to be “vicious” if, without being provoked, it killed or inflicted substantial bodily harm to a human being, or after its owner has been notified by a law enforcement agency that the dog is dangerous, the dog continues to behave in a dangerous manner.
There are a few recognized exceptions however, such as when the dog is provoked or when the actions of the dog are defensive against a person who is committing or attempting to commit a crime.
A person who knowingly keeps a vicious dog