Connecticut’s dog bite law can be found at Connecticut General Statutes 22-357. The law provides for strict liability for a dog owner, when a dog causes damage to a person or property.
The law permits claims in cases in which a dog causes injury. This is broader than a claim with a dog bite. For example, a large dog may injure a child by accidently pushing the child, causing injury. In these situations, the dog owner can held responsible for the injuries.
It is not a defense that a dog owner did not know that a dog was likely to cause the damage, or the owner used reasonable care to prevent the injury.
There are limited exceptions to liability
- The person injured was trespassing (this exception is very limited – and requires more than a person unlawfully on someone else’s property)
- the person injured was causing a tort – possibly includes person is stealing property
- the dog which caused the injury was being teased, abused, or tormented.
An explanation of the statute can be found at (cut and paste)
If you have any questions concerning an injury caused by a dog, please feel free to contact
Attorney Robert M. Singer
2572 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518
SERVING NEW HAVEN COUNTY AND ALL OF CONNECTICUT