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Who Is Responsible for Dog Attacks?

Dog attacks can be a traumatic and painful physical and emotional experience. If you or a loved one has suffered from a dog attack, it's important to understand your legal rights and options for seeking compensation for your damages. But who is responsible for dog attacks? Let's take a closer look.

Who Is Responsible For Dog Attacks

Dog Owners

In most cases, dog owners are responsible for their pets' behavior. This means that if a dog attacks someone, the owner may be held liable for any damages. This includes medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

However, there are some exceptions to this rule. For example, if the victim was trespassing on the owner's property or provoking the dog, the owner may not be held responsible.


If a tenant's dog attacks someone on rental property, the landlord may sometimes be liable. This is because landlords are responsible for ensuring that their property is safe for tenants and visitors. They may be held responsible for any resulting injuries if they fail to address known dangers, such as a dangerous dog.

Animal Caretakers

If a dog is in the care of someone other than the owner, such as a dog walker or pet sitter, that person may also be held liable for any damages caused by a dog attack. This is because they are responsible for the dog's behavior in their care.

Local Government

In some cases, local government may be held responsible for dog attacks. For example, if a dog attack occurs in a public park or other public space, the government agency responsible for maintaining that space may be held liable for any damages.

Manufacturer of Dog Products

If a dog attack is caused by a defective product, such as a faulty leash or collar, the manufacturer of that product may also be held liable for any damages.

If you've been the victim of a dog attack, it's important to seek the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you understand your legal options. At Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn, we have a team of skilled attorneys who can help you navigate the complex legal system and fight for the compensation you deserve.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we can help you with your dog attack case. (415) 940-7176