Dog Owners’ Liability

It is often said that “a dog is a man’s best friend.” Unfortunately, a dog is an animal, and at times, can behave in an unpredictable manner resulting in an attack or bite.

Dog bite attacks can have lasting effects both physically and just as importantly, psychologically. As a result dog owners need to be aware of the repercussions of the actions of their animals while also educating those who fall victim to attack about their legal rights stemming from a dog bite attack.

The Dog Owners’ Liability Act is the legislation which governs dog bite attacks. The owner of a dog is liable for damages resulting from a bite or attack. Damages for such an attack are reduced by any fault of the victim and/or any other person who may have provoked or contributed to an attack. A victim of dog bite attack may be able to receive compensation through the dog owner’s home insurance policy.

It is incumbent on a dog owner to ensure that they take the necessary precautions in order to ensure that their animal does not attack another person. If you own a dog, educate yourself on the breed and how to modify behavioral issues through training.

Statistics showed that in 2009, Durham topped the dog bite list, recording 1,134 incidents, followed by Toronto (678), Hamilton (548), Waterloo (492) and York Region (416).

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