If My Cattle Or Horses Wander Onto The Land Of My Neighbor Am I Liable For A Trespass?

Yes. Whether your neighbor's land is fenced or not you will be liable if any of your domestic animals, dogs being the exception, wander onto your neighbor's land. Because of the fact that it is a trespass when domesticated animals such as horses and cattle enter the land of another, if an injury is caused by one of your animals while it is on the land of another you will be held liable, regardless of whether you knew of your animal's violent propensities. There is an exception to liability however, if you are lawfully transporting your cattle and some of them wander onto another's land and you take immediate steps to retrieve them.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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