Florence Dog Bite Attorneys
Animal Attack Injury Attorneys
For hundreds of years, there have been laws for people who keep animals. Part of that law deals with keepers of wild animals, while other parts deal with domesticated animals.
Keepers of Wild Animals
People who elect to keep wild animals do so at their own risk. No matter how safe the owner attempts to make an enclosure or how strong a cage is, if a wild animal escapes and harms someone the person who kept the animal is responsible for the harm caused by the wild animal.
Keepers of Domesticated Animals
The law is different for animals that have been domesticated, such as dogs. Traditionally, the law has been that “every dog gets one free bite”. What that means, for example, is that if a person has a dog that has been a good pet and gentle for years and out of the blue the dog attacks someone, the owner is not responsible for that first attack. Once the owner is aware that their dog has bitten someone, he or she is then liable for any future attacks. Many trials center on the owner’s knowledge, or lack thereof, of their dog’s previous history. If it is shown that the owner knew the dog had bitten someone in the past and chooses to keep the animal after that, they are responsible for the injuries caused by the animal.
Dogs with Dangerous Propensities
Alabama does recognize, however, that certain domesticated varieties of dogs are bred with known “dangerous propensities”. These dogs are those known breeds usually bred for fighting, personal protection, or large animal hunting. Examples of dogs that the law recognizes as having “dangerous propensities” include Pit Bulls, German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Chows, Doberman Pinchers, Catahoulas, and some others. If you own one of these breeds of dogs and they bite an individual, you can be held responsible for the injuries regardless of whether this dog has bitten an individual before. The One Bite Rule will not apply because the owner is on notice that these breeds of dogs have dangerous propensities.