We know that not every dog is bad, but we also know that irresponsible owners can place others in danger of being bitten or attacked by their dog or other household pet.

 

If an owner knows that their dog has bitten before or the animal has shown signs of aggression towards people or other animals, that owner must take steps to ensure that you and your loved ones are not placed into a dangerous situation where the dog can bite.

In New York a person injured by a dog or other domestic household pet, must show that the pet’s owner either knew or should have known of the animals “vicious propensity”. Vicious propensity, can include biting, growling, snarling, aggressively barking, and in some situations can be shown by the owner restraining the animal or keeping the animal as a guard dog.

 

If you or a loved one has been bitten, it is important to gather as much information as possible about the dog’s prior behavior and what the owner’s knew. Others may have been bitten, chased, or attacked by the dog on previous occasions. The owner may have had to muzzle the dog around company or keep the dog locked in a cage. Maybe you even saw the dog snarl or snap. The size of the dog and type of breed are not determinative of a dog’s viciousness, therefore it is essential for an injured party to show that the dog exhibited signs of aggression prior to the attack.

 

We here at Martin, Harding and Mazzotti, LLP, The Heavy Hitters can help you investigate your claim to determine whether the owner knew or should have known about their animal’s “vicious propensity”. To protect your right to make a claim for injuries that occurred as a result of an animal bite or attack, call the law firm of Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP at 1-800-LAW-1010 (1-800-529-1010).