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What Happens if Your Dog Bites a Person?
If your dog bites a person in a public location or if they bite someone who is lawfully on private property, including your own property, then you will be liable for the damage and injuries. Under Washington law, it does not matter if you knew of the dog’s propensity to bite another. This law is in place to help protect others from suffering injuries from other dogs.
When in public you should keep your dog on a leash and within your control to help ensure that your dog does not bite another. Additionally, if you are inviting others to your home, you should forewarn those individuals that you have a dog or put your dog in an area of your home the dog is not able to escape from to protect your guests.
The Washington law regarding your liability if your dog bites someone else is as follows:
RCW 16.08.040: Dog bites—Liability.
(1) The owner of any dog which shall bite any person while such person is in or on a public place or lawfully in or on a private place including the property of the owner of such dog, shall be liable for such damages as may be suffered by the person bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of such dog or the owner's knowledge of such viciousness.
(2) This section does not apply to the lawful application of a police dog, as defined in RCW 4.24.410.
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