Neither Landlord Nor Tenant Responsible for Tenant's Dog Bite

LVT Number: #30198

Plaintiff sued tenant and owner of apartment where tenant lived after tenant's dog bit her. The court granted requests by both landlord and tenant to dismiss the case. The plaintiff appealed and lost. Neither landlord nor tenant had knowledge of any vicious propensities of the dog. Evidence tending to show a dog's vicious propensities included proof of a prior attack, a dog's tendency to growl or snap or bare its teeth, the manner in which a dog was restrained, the fact that a dog was kept as a guard dog, and a proclivity to act in a way that put others at risk of harm.

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