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Are You Responsible If Your Pet Bites Someone?



You love your dog, and you know your little baby wouldn’t hurt a fly, but even the sweetest animal may bite someone if provoked. When are you responsible if your pet hurts someone? The law varies from state to state, but we will use the state of New York as an example of a jurisdiction that has both “strict liability” and “one bite” laws.

Strict Liability

New York, and many other jurisdictions, makes an owner strictly liable for injuries caused by their pets in certain circumstances.  Strict liability means that the owner will be responsible for medical expenses if the animal causes an injury, without having to show any negligence on the part of the owner. The strict liability rule applies when a dog has been determined by the local animal control authority to be a “dangerous dog.”  A “dangerous dog” is one that attacks and injures a person or other animal without provocation or behaves in a threatening manner toward a person or other animal. If your dog is determined to be “dangerous,” you will be responsible for medical or vet bills if it injures a person or animal. In New York, the owner of a “dangerous dog may  also be required to spay or neuter the animal, keep it confined or muzzled, and/or have the dog micro chipped. In extreme cases, the dog may be euthanized. More information about New York’s strict liability laws may be found by talking to Syracuse personal injury attorneys O’Brien and Ford, or visiting the websites of personal injury specialists.


One Bite Rule

For damages beyond medical expenses, such as pain and suffering, New York and many other states follow a “one bite” rule. If your dog has previously bitten someone, or has “vicious propensities,” you may be responsible for non-medical damages, which could be extensive. A  dog has “vicious propensities” if it has a history of threatening behavior like lunging, snarling, or barking at people. For more detailed information, find a person injury attorney in Buffalo, New York, or in your area.



If your dog is harassed, injured, or provoked, you are not responsible if it threatens or bites the person who is harassing it. A security camera may be a good investment if you have a large dog, or if you have neighbors who seem to fear or dislike your dog.


What if Your Dog Bites The Mailman?

It might seem to be a cliché, but postal workers are attacked by dogs pretty regularly.  The same rules apply for postal workers as for your neighbors and others, except that the postal worker is also covered by worker’s compensation insurance. While liability for injuries may not be as much of an issue, the postal worker who comes by your house every day may report your dog to the animal control authority as “dangerous.” If your dog is very territorial, or tends to bark at strangers, it is advisable to keep in indoors, or confined in an area far from the mail route, during the times when your mail carrier usually makes his rounds. For more information about worker’s compensation for dog bite injuries, check out some top-rated workers compensation lawyers in Rick Hill, S.C., or in your state.



5 Things to Keep in Mind When Feeding Dogs Peanut Butter





There are a lot of human food items that can be safely given to dogs. Peanut butter is definitely one of them. Dogs seem to love them too and thus they make awesome snacks, in-between meals. However, not all peanut butter is made using the same ingredients. Some contain added oils while others may hide artificial sweeteners and sugar. In fact, some store-bought peanut butter products can potentially kill your dog. These products contain an ingredient called xylitol. While xylitol is perfectly safe for humans, this artificial sweetener is highly toxic to dogs. This is why it’s never a good idea to just give your dog a spoonful without checking the label. Read more


3 Simple Steps To Become The Greatest Dog Parent



Dogs can lift our moods in an instant. When we get home after a tough day at work, they are right there greeting us at the door. They’re are always ready to shower us with love and they take away our stress one lick at a time. For these reasons and more, a pet dog often becomes a member of the family.  Much like humans, they deserve love, affection, and attention. As a pet parent, you also need to take care of their three major needs, diet, exercise, and shelter. If you just got a puppy home and you are not sure if you are ready to take on the responsibility then you have come to the right place. In this post, we will leave you with 3 fundamental things you need to do to become a great pet parent. Read more


Adopt Don’t Shop: Welcoming Home Your Newly-Adopted Dog


If you are thinking about adopting an older dog, instead of getting a young puppy, then it can be such a rewarding time. But with the fact that the dog could be older, as well as already lead quite a difficult life, can bring with it different challenges than if you had a puppy right from birth. But don’t let that put you off! Adopted dogs can be so loving, and really crave the love and warmth of a family. So it can be a lovely thing to do. To help you prepare, here are some tips to help you get your relationship and life with your new pet off on the right foot. Read more


Caring For Your Senior Dog: How To Help Them In Their Golden Years



We all age, it’s a fact of life we cannot escape from. The same is true of your pet dog, and as he gets into his senior years, you will notice changes. Arthritis can become a problem, and you will notice this if your dog tires quicker when you take him out on the daily walk. There may also be issues around weight-loss, and this is symptomatic of dental disease and other health conditions, such as heart and kidney disease. Alternatively, you may also see a gain in weight, especially if your dog no longer enjoys exercise as much as he used to. So, what can you do to care for your dog in his advancing years? Here are a few tips to make your dog’s life as comfortable as possible.

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Take Paws & Look For These Arthritis Signs In Your Dog


Having a dog as part of the family from their puppy days is a great way to introduce responsibility and love. Your children can grow up playing, training and learning with their pup and you can watch powerful bonds unfold in front of you. When your children are growing up, you watch their changes from a distance and you support them when they need you to. While that is happening, are you watching your dog? Read more


The Best Christmas Presents for Dogs


The 4 Best Christmas Presents for Dogs

We are a nation of dog lovers, with around 44 percent of all households in the US owning a pet pooch. That’s a staggering 78 million dogs. So it should come as no surprise that, since they are one of the family, we also love to treat them at Christmas to something special. So what can you buy the dog in your life to make their Christmas a happy one? Read more


6 Doggie Diseases To Watch Out For

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Much like humans, dogs can get sick. There are a range of illnesses and diseases that a dog might get in its lifetime. That is why as a dog owner, it is your responsibility to know what these might be and catch the symptoms as early as possible. You should already be registered with a vet, but if you are not then you need to go register as soon as possible.

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3 Basic Leash Skills You Should Teach Your Dog


3 Basic Leash Skills You Should Teach Your Dog

All dogs – no matter their breed, size, age or lifestyle – benefit greatly from being taken out to walks on a regular basis. Not only does this activity help them get their exercise, but it also helps them get their energy and stress levels down so they’re calmer and more relaxed when it’s finally time for bed. Read more


5 Things You Need To Know Before You Get A Dog




A dog can be a wonderful and loyal companion. They don’t answer back, well they might bark back, but that’s okay. They love playing in the park and they will happily watch a trashy cable show with you. They really are a man and woman’s best friend. However, they can also be demanding. Yes, they might shower you in love but are you really ready for the responsibility. They are just like a furry baby. If you get a puppy then you will have sleepless nights. You may also find that everything and anything in your house is chewed. Read more

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