If you plead guilty or are found guilty at trial, you will be referred for an aggressive animal evaluation at one of the court-approved locations. The evaluator will prepare a report for use in court that will have recommendations for management strategies to prevent any future aggression incidents and any training that might help. The court-approved evaluators are either Animal Behaviorists or Veterinary Behaviorists.
Aggressive animal evaluations can be done before you decide whether to plead guilty or not guilty. To prevent future aggressive animal violations, and perhaps limit the number of times you need to come to court (these cases currently require two mandatory court appearances), we urge you to get the evaluation done before your court date. If you do, please indicate that you are requesting a court-ordered evaluation. That way, the animal behaviorist will contact the court for a copy of the court paperwork. Engaging in this process is likely to result in the need to appear in court only once.