Dangerous Animals

Some pets in our community have injured others. Some are ticking time bombs. See what diligent owners need to know to keep everyone safe.

Dangerous Animals

Potentially Dangerous Dog (PDD)

Potentially Dangerous Dog (PDD) is an administrative declaration issued on a dog based on an incident of “unprovoked aggression,” which can include: A minor bite, a dog attacking another animal, a dog chasing a person in a menacing manner on the street, sidewalk or public ground. 

  • This declaration and the following requirements are designed to pinpoint potential problem behaviors, and provide intervention to deter a dog from future incidents.  
  • If cited for a PDD by Animal Control, an owner has 10 days to either surrender the dog, comply with the requirements or appeal the declaration with Animal Control.  To request an appeal contact our ordinance administrator at 402-905-3427, or pay the ($100) appeal fee at customer service during business hours. (9am-7pm M-F/10am-5pm weekends)
  • A PDD declaration is a two year probation on the dog.  Owners are required by Omaha and Sarpy County statute to fulfill certain requirements which include obtaining personal liability insurance, microchipping the dog, spaying/neutering the dog, attending an owner responsibility class/obedience class, registering the dog as a PDD. 
  • After two years, if a dog has no further incidents the PDD is lifted.

Dangerous Dogs (DD)

Dangerous Dog (DD) is a judicial declaration handed down by a judge based on incidents that involve serious injury to people or unprovoked attacks on other pets.

  • Animal control will cite for DD in cases that include very severe dog bites that result disfigurement or hospitalization, or if a dog that is unprovoked kills another dog. 
  • DD cases require a court appearance.  In these cases a judge makes the final determination on the case and the disposition of the offending dog.
  • In the case of a Dangerous Dog, the designation is for the life of the dog, and the requirements are designed to keep the public safe. Owners are required by Omaha and Sarpy County statute to comply with regulations which include obtaining personal liability insurance, microchipping the dog, spaying/neutering the dog, attending an owner responsibility class/obedience class, confining the dog to a covered kennel when outside, and posting warning signs on the property.