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WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH DOG BITES?


WHAT HAPPENS IF MY OR ANOTHER DOG BITES?


Admittedly, the laws governing dog bites can be very confusing. If you are a dog owner, you should become familiar with the laws of the State of North Carolina, as well as, your local County and/or City ordinances pertaining to dog ownership and dog bites. While every situation is different, generally, it is safe to assume that if your dog bites someone you are liable for the injuries caused to that person whether under theories of “strict liability,” negligence or violation of other laws/ ordinances.


A dog owner is strictly liable for civil damages for any injuries their dog inflicts upon a person or other animal and any property damage the dog causes in


two primary situations: 1) the dog is over the age of six months, is roaming - at night - and injures the victim; or 2) was previously determined to be a dangerous dog. A "dangerous dog" means: 1) Any dog owned or harbored primarily, or in part, or trained for the purpose of dog fighting; 2) a dog that has in the past, without provocation, killed or inflicted severe injury on a person; or 3) is determined by animal control to be potentially dangerous because of its prior reported conduct.


Dog owners can also be liable under other theories of law including; negligence, violation of leash laws or other ordinances or laws that results in injury. While there may be exceptions in


by Bryson M. Aldridge, JD


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