Law regarding dogs defending you or your home.
I have had a lingering question for months now in regards to laws in my area concerning dogs and property. I have heard that a dog biting someone who has invaded your home makes YOU liable, and you can be sued or your dog can be seized for biting/defending your home. I thought this was ludicrous, so I decided to ask those who know best!
I took my 8 month old pup Hunter for a walk around the block a few moments ago and ran into the Canine Unit which was parked in the mall parking lot. They stopped me to ask if they could pet Hunter, which I VERY HAPPILY said yes! I told them I absolutely loved the Canine Unit, wanted to be a K9 Officer when I was young, and told them that Hunter is from working-lines and is being trained in Schutzhund. After a small chat, I asked them about laws regarding dogs and property.
I gave the Officer the following scenario:
Someone breaks in to my home or enters entirely uninvited, my dog bites that person because he was defending my property/me, am I liable and can anything happen to my dog?
The Officer says I am NOT liable and as long as my dog has his rabies vaccine, nothing would be done to me or my dog. Anyone who enters my property uninvited does so "at their own risk" and I have the right to allow my dog to defend me and my home. I cannot be sued for my dog biting someone while on my property (again, uninvited), and my dog will not be seized. He said to take the dog out of the situation, it is just like me punching somebody square in the face and holding them until police arrives. It is considered personal protection.
I thought I would share that information, that is how it works here in Ontario, Canada!
SG S-Hunter vom Geistwasser CA CGN TT ATD (Service Dog, Retired Airport Wildlife Control K9)
Zenna vom Geistwasser NTD
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