Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: South Range, WI
I take them seriously, but don't necessarily always believe they're there because the dog owner thinks their dog will bite. More and more, people are posting them simply as "warnings" to state that dogs are present, so they aren't bothered or let out of a fence, etc. Regardless, I figure the sign means the owner wants me to leave the dog alone, so I do (although I'd never pet/interact with a dog without their owner's permission, anyway.
From a legal standpoint, "Beware of Dog" signs can be swung both ways. A plaintiff's attorney will argue that the sign is proof that the owner knew their dog was dangerous. A defense attorney will argue that the plaintiff was an idiot for not heeding the sign, and by posting the sign, the dog owner was using their due diligence to make sure no one was injured by their dog. (BTW, I work for plaintiffs' attorneys... we do handle dog bite cases).
So... who's right? Whoever the jury believes!
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