It is the policy of Wisconsin’s justice to protect the public from dog attacks. This policy was recently reinforced as the Wisconsin Court of Appeals ruled that a homeowner who shelters, protects, or feeds a dog, even though the dog is owned by another, is liable for personal injury caused when the dog runs out of the house and attacks a passerby.
The case arose after a dog escaped the home of someone other than its owner and attacked a neighbor. The dog had been living at the residence with its owner for several months at the time of the attack. By the time the victim filed suit, the dog’s owner could not be located so the claim proceeded against the home owner and her insurance.
The court ruled that the woman and her insurance carrier were strictly liable due to the homeowner’s authority to protect third parties from the dog she had custody of or a relationship with the individual who had custody of the dog.
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If you have been attacked by a dog, contact the Stevens Point dog bite lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800.248.0171.