April 24, 2013
Data shows that an average of around 3,000 Connecticut Dog Bite Injuries are reported each year. Such a high incidence rate leaves many citizens curious at to how the law can protect them from such an injury.
According to the Connecticut General Assembly, state law places a strict burden of liability on the owner of any animal that is involved in an attack. The only exceptions to this law are for individuals who are trespassing or a person who is teasing, abusing, or taunting the dog in some way.
If a dog is involved in a biting incident, law requires that it be quarantined under the watch of an Animal Control Officer for a total of 14 days. This is done to ensure the animal is not carrying any communicable diseases, such as rabies.
If a dog, while off of the property of the owner of the animal, bites a person, the victim has the right to kill an attacking dog. The incident must be reported to Animal Control immediately though.
If you are a landlord and allow tenants to have dogs, be aware you may also be held liable for the actions of the animal in the event it bites someone.
The Connecticut Personal Injury Attorneys with Carter Mario Injury Lawyers would suggest that anyone who is bitten by a dog discuss their legal rights with an attorney as soon as possible, as they may be entitled to compensation for their injuries.