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Dog-Bite Statute

Definition - What does Dog-Bite Statute mean?

A dog-bite statute is a law or regulation passed by a jurisdiction that makes dog owners liable for any injury caused by their dog to someone else. In the United States, more than half of the 50 states have enacted dog-bite statutes.

Justipedia explains Dog-Bite Statute

Dog-bite statutes are in place to put more responsibility on dog owners to ensure that their dogs don't harm the general public. They are strict liability statutes (i.e. a victim does not need to prove that the dog owner was irresponsible). Statutes in some states cover only dog bites while the statues in others cover a variety of injuries inflicted by a dog. In states that don't have dog-bite statutes, the one-bite rule applies.

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