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DOG ATTACK

Minnesota Statutes 347.22 provides:

"If a dog, without provocation, attacks or injures any person who is acting peaceably in any place where the person may lawfully be, the owner of the dog is liable in damages to the person so attacked or injured to the full amount of the injury sustained."

This statute imposes strict liability on the owner of a dog that attacks an innocent person. The dog owner does not have to do anything wrong to be responsible.

The statute defines "owner" to include "any person harboring or keeping a dog".

The dog does not have to come in physical contact with the injured person in order for the dog's owner to be liable. For example, if a person is injured falling off a bicycle because he or she is chased by a dog, the dog's owner might be responsible for the bicyclist's injuries.

The dog owner's homeowner's insurance might be available to pay for injuries caused by a dog attack.