Although most dogs are safe and gentle, there continue to be dog bites and attacks on people. Dog bites in Ontario range from minor injuries to serious mauling resulting in permanent injury and, sometimes, even death.
The law in Ontario makes dog owners responsible for the dog when it bites or attacks someone. if you or a family member has been injured as a result of a dog attack in Ontario, contact a Ontario dog bite injury lawyer.
Ontario Dog Bite Law: Dog Owners Liability In Ontario
In Ontario, the Dog Owners Liability Act R.S.O. 1990, c. D.16 makes the owner of a dog liable for damages resulting from a bite or attack by the dog on another person or domestic animal. Where there is more than one owner of a dog that bites in Ontario, the law makes all owners jointly and severally liable for the damages caused by the dog.
It is significant that in Ontario, the liability of the dog owner does not depend upon knowledge of the propensity of the dog or fault or negligence on the part of the owner.
An important exception to liability is created where a dog bites a person that is on the premises committing or intending to commit a criminal act, "unless the keeping of the dog on the premises was unreasonable for the purpose of the protection of persons or property." R.S.O. 1990, c. D.16, s. 3 (2).
Under the Dog Owners Liability Act, the owners of a dog that bites are strictly liable.
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Under Ontario's dog bite law, the liability of the owner does not depend upon knowledge of the propensity of the dog. In addition, the dog owner will be liable for the damages caused by their dog, irrespective of the fault or negligence on the part of the owner. As such, even if the dog behaved out of character by attacking, the owner will still be liable for the injuries caused by the dog.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a dog bite or other animal attack, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. To learn more, contact Iacobelli Law Firm for a complimentary consultation with a Toronto and York Region Dog Bite Injury Lawyer.
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