April 29, 2016


I just finished reading the latest pronouncement from the North Carolina courts on dog-bite liability. It is a topic more frequently adjudicated than I thought. A quick search reveals five reported appellate cases in North Carolina in the past four years, and I doubt many dog-bite cases get to the appellate level.


Being the owner of a pint-sized Maltese (Carlos) who is, pound-for-pound, the meanest dog in the world, I wonder whether Carlos is considered a dangerous dog. Could I be responsible for the damage inflicted by his canine canines?


In Stephens v. Covington, the court of appeals addressed whether a property owner was responsible for the behavior of a dog owned by a tenant living on the property. While the law appears somewhat unsett...

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