Keeping a dangerous dog – a dog that bites or threatens to assault an individual – is a civil violation with fines ranging from $250 to $1,000. When dealing with dangerous dog cases, Garth will recommend conditions that the owners must meet in order to keep the dog. Typical conditions in such cases include requirements to neuter/spay the dog, keep the dog confined/leashed at all times, and successful completion of an obedience class. Failure to meet the court-ordered conditions can result in the owner facing criminal charges.