Dog owners are responsible for their dog’s actions. If your dog bites or attacks a person, you are responsible. The Dog Owner’s Liability Act is an Ontario statute addresses what can happen to owners of the animal in the event of a serious attack. If convicted, there can be a $10,000 file and/or imprisonment of up to six months.
An Order can be made to destroy the dog, as well as instruments can be put in place to ensure control of the animal. Confining the dog to the owner’s property, restraining the dog by a leash (with possible restrictions on the length of the leash), restraining the dog by a muzzle and/or having to post warning signs of a dangerous dog on your property are all possibilities an owner may face.
The dog’s past and present temperament and behaviour, the seriousness of the injuries the victim suffered, any unusual contributing circumstances tending to justify the dog’s actions, the improbability that a similar attack will be repeated, the dog’s physical potential for inflicting harm, and any precautions taken by the owner to preclude similar attacks in the future are all consideration’s the Court must make.
If you have concerns and injuries arising as a result of a dog bite, contact us. We can review the facts and provide some advice as to what you should do about the injuries and future losses.