Why Do 19 States Rely On English Dog Bite Laws, When They Are So Entirely Hopeless?

No less than 19 American states rely on English dog bite laws, despite the fact that the UK is almost hopelessly backwards when it comes to dealing with dog attacks.

I am referring to the reliance upon the one-bite rule. (See the home page of Dog Bite Law for more; click the button at the top of this blog.)

In modern England, there is one member of Parliament who is trying to give dog bite victims some recourse when they are mauled at the dog owner’s residence. As it happens, if you are a guest in a person’s home, or a mailman who is delivering the mail, English law says you are out of luck if you are mauled by the owner’s dog. (Click here to read the article.)

The USA is far more serious than England when it comes to taking dangerous dogs off the streets. How is it, then, that so many states continue to rely on the 17th-century one-bite rule? It makes no sense whatsoever. The one-bite rule needs to be eliminated throughout America. (See Model Dog Bite Laws.)