Dog Bites- Strict Liability For Dog Owners

Dog bite injuries and the terror that often accompanies such attacks often leave physical and emotional scars which last a lifetime. For younger persons so injured they may carry with them a fear of dogs for many years and be deprived of perhaps one of the most satisfying emotional engagements with other living creatures possible. It is known that certain breeds of dogs such as Rotweillers and Pit Bulls together are responsible for the majority of serious attacks requiring hospitalization and surgeries. This is likely due, in large measure, to their comparatively greater bite force strength relative to other breeds. Also, Pit Bulls are hesitant to relinquish the attack.

In Connecticut, a form of strict liability exists for such dog bite encounters provided that the person so attacked has not in effect provoked the attack. Normally, the person or entity financially liable to the victim of the attack is the owner or keeper of the Dog. This sometimes can be a source of uncertainty and litigation.