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Rescue & Shelter Liability, March 10, 2015

Shelter and Rescue Liability

Who is liable for a post-adoption dog bite?

March 10, 2015

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Attorney Fred Kray, cohost Kris Diaz, and the rest of the PBLNR crew address the thorniest legal issue regarding dog adoptions—who is liable for a dog bite—and look at some relevant cases. Shelters and rescues may be placing themselves at risk of a lawsuit if they are negligent with regard to placing the dog or retain an ownership interest.

What can shelters and rescues do to avoid liability for dog bites? They should test a dog's temperament, avoid making warranties about a dog's temperament, follow their own adoption policies, disclose prior issues (such as bites) with the dog, and avoid retaining any ownership interest in the dog (such as provision in an adoption contract asserting that a rescue will take a dog back if the adopter breaches the agreement).

In training, Yvette Van Veen discusses integrating a new dog within your existing pack. She addresses heading off resource guarding in depth.

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