Is there “strict liability”?
In the following states, the owner of a dog is strictly liable for injuries that his dog inflicts on another dog: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Ohia, Oklahoma, Utah and Wisconsin. Click here if your accident happened in one of those states.
In West Virginia and Arizona there is strict liability if the attacking dog was running at large. In Rhode Island there is strict liability if the attack happened off the dog owner’s property. In Colorado there can be strict liability if a number of conditions are met. If you are connected to the Internet, click on the link in the prior sentence and read the law; then form a conclusion about whether strict liability will apply in your case. For the states mentioned in this paragraph, if strict liability applies, click here. If it does NOT, click here.
In all of the other states, there is no strict liability when a dog attacks another dog, so click here.