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Are there cases in which a dog owner may not be held liable for a dog bite?

A dog owner may not be held liable for a bite injury in cases in which:

  • A dog was protecting itself, its owner, its offspring, a member of its household or another domestic animal.
  • The bite victim was committing a crime upon the owner of the dog or upon the owner’s property.
  • The victim tormented, abused, or threatened the dog or its offspring.
  • The dog was sick or injured.

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