Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Dog Liability

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. 

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