Dog Bites Pants
November 1, 2012 9:56 AM Subscribe
What am I liable for if my dog damages someones property while they are on my property? I am happy to replace damaged property but can I be liable for anything else? I know YANAL or even my lawyer just wanting to know what to expect.
posted by wwax to law & government (16 answers total)
Long version with all the details following.
Had someone come to my door promoting some stupid Comcast thing yesterday, I don't have a peephole and was expecting a friend so got stuck talking to him. As I was heading back in a wind gust grabbed the door and made enough room for my dog to rush out. The dog was heading for the wild blue yonder but the man in a panic swung at him with his clipboard, as the dog was a rescue that had a history of being hit (including broken bones and teeth from being kicked) he panicked and snapped at the guy puncturing his pants but leaving the guy unharmed but shaken except for a small hole in the leg of his pants where one tooth broke through, the only canine tooth the poor dog has left did its job too well.
I grabbed the dog and took him inside and settled him and then headed outside to double check on the guy. By the time I got back outside I couldn't see the guy anywhere. I was going to offer to buy him a new pair of pants to replace the damaged ones as I didn't want it to become a big deal and it is the right thing to do.
I checked twice with the guy that he was unharmed before taking the dog inside. I am in Indiana and all I can find out about dog bite laws in our county is that they define a bite as breaking the skin and a lot of stuff about rabies, not damaging property/clothing and can find no legal info online about property.
Please no opinions about dogs fear biting that is not the question, the dog is seeing a very good trainer and has responded amazingly to training. We are buying a peephole and storm door this weekend so I don't have to step outside before the dog is restrained in future.