Quick Dog Bite Law Facts


According to a 2014 survey by the American Pet Products Association, nearly 47 percent of homes in the U.S. own at least one dog–a total of 70-80 million canines. Unfortunately, thousands of individuals seek medical care each year to treat injuries inflicted by dogs, highlighting the need for dog bite law education.

Laws are Varied

Every state, county, and city has particular statutes and ordinances which must be adhered to by dog owners. Laws vary by region, from leash requirements to the liability of owners and handlers in the event of injury inflicted upon a third party. Always be sure to research the particular laws in your area before bringing a pet into your family.

Liability Can Extend Beyond Owners

While a dog’s owner is most often the party which legal action is brought against, depending on local laws, several other entities can be held liable in a situation resulting in personal injury, including:

Animal control representatives who neglect to take action against a dangerous animal
Businesses which allow non-service animals on premises
Police officers who fail to exert proper control of canine units

Other Injuries

Many owners are concerned with local dog bite law stipulations, but other injuries can be considered grounds for a lawsuit as well. This includes knockdowns, trips, and other actions which may result in a person (or sometimes another animal) sustaining bodily harm. Canine insurance policies exist to protect pet owners, but individuals still must be acutely aware of their responsibilities at all times.

This post was written by , posted on May 20, 2015 Wednesday at 9:00 pm