One of the greatest acts of kindness is the adoption of a puppy, especially if they’re being rescued from an abusive owner. Owning a dog means enjoying some amazing memories, a future filled with happiness for both you and the animal, and a lot of love to share with one another. However, dog ownership also carries a great deal of liability and responsibility. It also means we have a duty to our communities and society to ensure that our fellow residents are always safe around our dogs.
About the Dog Owner’s Liability Act (DOLA)
When it comes to pet ownership, the Dog Owners Liability Act of 1990 outlines the responsibilities and liabilities that could result if your animal attacks, bites, and injures another person or domestic animal or causes any property damage during the attack. Furthermore, if spouses or common law partners share custody, they can both be held responsible the animal’s actions. Even in some personal injury cases where the victim may have provoked the pet, your fine will be reduced but you’ll still be considered negligent.
In addition to the above, the law specifies certain breeds that are well known for their aggressiveness and outlines those regulations that apply specifically to them. There are more precautions and laws for pit bull owners than the owners of other breeds. Currently, it is not legal to have pit bulls in Ontario Province unless you already owned the dog before the regulations were enacted. Under these circumstances, pit bull owners are required to:
• Keep the animal muzzled whenever you take it off your property
• Sterilize the animal in order to prevent any further breeding
Dog bite cases are relatively common in many personal injury claims and lawsuits as a result of this law. Consequently, first-time dog owners need to be aware of the Dog Owners Liability Act when considering adding a canine member to your family. The key is to never assume that your dog won’t attack and bite another person or domesticated animal. Just because you have a dog that is considered to be a gentle and timid breed, it doesn’t mean that it won’t go after another person, especially if the dog is threatened.
If you or a loved one is a victim of a dog bite, it is important to ensure that you get compensated for the injuries. You need to consult with an injury lawyer that deals with animal attacks and dog bite cases. Depending upon the level of injury, the amount of compensation will be filed for. The lawyers are apt at calculating the pain and sufferings into monetary terms and will help you at every step.