Many people love dogs and other animals and enjoy having them as companions in their households. However, with owning these animals comes a grave responsibility to ensure that others are not injured by their actions. Animal bites are common occurrences that often cause legal difficulties for owners. In addition, your pet must also be protected from being bitten by other animals, whether neighborhood pets or local wildlife.
Legal Responsibilities of Animal Owners
It’s not only dogs that cause bites. Any animal with teeth could potentially cause an injury to a neighbor, guest or child that is visiting the household. Anyone who owns an animal is responsible for keeping it under control at all times when out in public. Whether the animal is kept on leash or in a type of pet carrier, the owner is responsible for maintaining adequate supervision of the animal at all times. The pet owner’s responsibility continues in their own home, with guests who may come to the home to visit. If your animal cannot be trusted around strangers or small children, you should put him in a separate room to ensure everyone’s safety.