Morrin Law Office
Dog Bite and Animal Attacks ATTORNEY IN RICHMOND, KY
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Animals, whether a large dog, cat, or a tiger, have a special relationship with their owners. This makes an unexpected bite or attack even more traumatizing and stressful for both the owner and the victim of the attack. Thankfully, Kentucky law indicates that dog owners are responsible for injuries and damages caused by their dog: Any owner whose dog is found to have caused damage to a person, livestock or other property shall be responsible for that damage.
However, if it’s determined that the victim actually antagonized the dog or was somehow responsible for causing the dog to be alarmed and attack, then such context can cause a decreased recovery for injuries in such a situation. What if I’m attacked by my neighbor’s tiger he “obtained” after watching Tiger King? In Kentucky, strict liability (holding the owner of the animal responsible for all conduct of the animal no matter what) is only applicable to dogs. If your neighbor thinks he’s Joe Exotic and his big cat gets out and attacks you or a member of your family then you will likely need to file a civil lawsuit against your neighbor since his homeowner’s insurance will almost certainly exclude damages caused by illegal activity such as owning a tiger in Kentucky. Immediately following a dog bite in Richmond, Kentucky or the greater Commonwealth, the first step is always to report the incident by dialing 911 and alerting the local animal control office.