Dog Bite Defenses
Table of Contents:
- Owners need to Keep an Eye on their Pets
- There are Expectations of the Rules?
- Can pet owners Avoid Lawsuits?
- How do you Prevent Bad Situations?
What strict liability in dog bite law REALLY means is that:
- Few defenses apply.
- Strict liability doesn’t mean owners or controllers of assaulting dogs get off fault free every time.
In other states and countries, attack victims must prove the dog was a known danger.
- Most of these other places have a one bite rule.
In other words, your dog has to have bitten someone once already in the past, before there is evidence the dog is a danger. Then and only then is the owner strictly liable.
Only then will liability attach under negligence law. But even in those states, owners cannot escape being sued 100% of the time for intentional acts.
- When an owner unjustifiably sicks his dog on a victim or uses his dog to rape a victim, liability attaches. The same theory would go for shooting a person with a gun with no justification.
So first, people need to know that animal attacks are not always the fault of the owner. Because of this, people need to recognize when defenses do and when they don't.