If My Dog Has Escaped From My Property And Injures Someone Am I Legally Responsible For Those Injuries?

The owner of a dog or other domestic animal has no legal obligation to keep their animal restrained so that it does not wander free from their property, unless the animal has violent propensities. Therefore, if your dog has wandered from your property and caused an injury to another person you will not be held liable for those injuries, unless you dog has violent propensities, in which case you would be liable, because you failed to properly supervise your dangerous dog. If your dog has no history of violent behavior simply letting your dog wander from your property is not enough to have liability imposed upon you for any injuries that your dog may cause to others.

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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