Tuesday, August 19, 2014
For some reason, I have been having a lot of cases here lately dealing with liability of dog owners. Mississippi and Tennessee have a number of statutes dealing with liability if a dog kills livestock. The statutes are pretty much strict liability (i.e. you own the dog, they hurt the animal, you have to pay). There are also a number of county ordinances and even subdivision restrictions dealing with dogs running at large that are largely similar. The old myth that a dog gets one free bite before the owner is liable is not entirely accurate.