Civil law controls when owners can be sued for injuries caused by their dogs, what a victim has to prove to hold an owner legally responsible, and how an injured person can be compensated.
In addition, state and local laws seek to protect the public from dogs that display violent or disruptive behavior. Owners of dangerous dogs can face penalties including fines and confiscation of the animal. In the most serious situations, owners can even be charged with crimes.
Whether you’re a dog owner or you’ve been hurt by someone else’s pet, it’s important to understand how these rules apply to you.