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What are Connecticut's dog bite laws?

If a dog attacks you and causes you injury in Connecticut, the law is on your side. You should not have to worry about medical bills or other expenses coming from the incident. Furthermore, the trauma you suffered should not go unrecognized. You deserve damages, and the law assists with that by holding parties responsible and ensuring you have some recourse.

According to the Connecticut General Assembly, the dog owner holds the liability for any attack. You do not have to prove negligence on his or her behalf. In some cases, a landlord of a property where the incident occurred can also be liable. Of course, you are not completely without fault in some instances. If you were trespassing, abusing, teasing or otherwise instigating the dog, then you hold the liability, not the owner. The exception is if you are under the age of seven. In that case, the owner is liable regardless of the situation.

It is also well within your rights to take any means possible to stop the attack and prevent further injury. This includes killing the dog if necessary to escape further injury. Do note this only stands once the dog actually attacks you to stop further injury. It is not a valid action if the dog has not attacked you.

The law also requires a 14-day quarantine for any dog that bites someone. The Department of Agriculture commissioner manages this. He or she has the right to order restraint for the dog or to put the dog to death if deemed necessary. This information is for education and is not legal advice.

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