The Law and Your Home

Avoiding Liability

What about liability concerning my pets?

The law holds people responsible for the actions of their pets. Most states have so-called "dog-bite statutes," holding owners legally liable for injuries inflicted by their animals. If your state has no such statute, you may still be found liable under the common-law rule that owners are legally responsible if they knew the animal was likely to cause that kind of injury. You may also be found liable if you violated a leash law or a requirement to keep your pets fenced.

Know your pet's temperament and keep it out of the path of strangers. Keep vaccinations current, and post warning signs if you think your pet might injure someone.

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