Erath County Justice of the Peace Shawnee Bass upheld an animal control officer's ruling Tuesday that an Australian Shepard that allegedly attacked a 10-year-old girl is dangerous.
"From what I have heard today, I have no choice but to uphold Stephenville animal control's determination," Bass said.
The dog owners and victim's neighbors, who requested their names be withheld from publication, told Bass the dog is usually "well-mannered" and frequently in the presence of children.
Now, the owners will be required to maintain $100,000 liability insurance and the dog must be securely restrained 100 feet away from habitations. Dog tags must be worn and signage must be placed on the premises clearly marking the presence of a dangerous dog. The owners must also register the dog with the city each year.
By law, the animal will remain under quarantine until Aug. 15.