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Missouri dog owners may be strictly liable for dog bites

Dogs may be "man's best friend," but they are still animals and as such have the capacity to bite. A dog might bite a person if it feels threatened or scared, but sometimes a dog will bite a person even if the dog was not provoked in any way. Dog bites can inflict serious injuries, and depending on the size of the dog and the extent of the attack could even threaten a person's life.

Missouri law addresses the issue of dog bites and who is liable for them. Under Missouri law, if a dog bites a person without provocation and while the person is legally allowed to be on the property where the attack takes place, then the dog's owner may be strictly liable for the damages the dog bite victim has suffered. This is true no matter how vicious the dog has been in the past or even whether or not the dog owner was aware of the dog's viciousness.

If a dog owner is found liable under this statute, they may face certain penalties. In addition to damages they may have to pay per a civil lawsuit, they may also be subject to a fine. The amount of the fine could be as much as $1,000.

In the end, any dog can be a threat, even if the dog has not shown any vicious propensities before. Dog owners should keep this in mind, in order to protect those who may come into contact with their dog. Those who have been bitten by a dog may want to determine what options they have for compensation, including filing a dog bite claim if necessary.

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