Breed Specific Dog Bite Legislation in North Carolina


North Carolina, like many states, follows a “one bite” rule in determining an owner’s liability for injuries inflicted by pets. If a dog has previously bitten or attacked someone, or has been declared by a local animal control agency to be “potentially dangerous,” the owner is on notice that their pet is dangerous, and will be held strictly liable if the pet injures someone. Strict liability means that the owner does not have to be found negligent in order to be found responsible for injuries or property damage resulting from an attack by his pet.   Aggressive Breeds  Animal lovers, animal control [...]