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Several states where we have cases pending have what are known as "strict liability" laws. This means, even if the owner or keeper of the dog is not negligent, they are still responsible when the dog bites someone. The CT Statute provides, "If any dog does any damage to either the body or property of another person, the owner or keeper…shall be liable for such damage." That means that even a non-owner of the dog can be held strictly liable for the damage done by the animal if they were responsible for maintaining and controlling the dog at the time of the attack. Generally evidence will need to show that the non-owner was:

  • feeding,
  • giving water to,
  • exercising,
  • sheltering,
  • grooming,
  • or otherwise caring for the dog when the dog bit the innocent plaintiff.

The critical evidence in these strict liability dog attack cases will center upon the care, maintenance and control of the dog. If you or someone you know has been attacked by a dog, get prompt medical attention; take pictures of the injuries; and, contact the authorities so others will also be attacked by the same dangerous animal.

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