Dog Bites

Dog bite laws vary from state to state, but Connecticut is one of the states that supports statutory strict liability, which means that the stringent laws making owners liable for injuries caused by a dog bite are intended to protect others from being needlessly victimized from irresponsible dog owners.

Each year there are 4.7 million dog-bite incidents. Two million of these victims are children.  According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Humane Society of the United States, dog bites requiring medical attention number 500,000 to 800,000 annually. Approximately fifteen of these people will die as a result of these attacks.


If you or your child has suffered from a dog attack in Connecticut, you should speak to an attorney with experience handling dog bite cases about your legal rights. The legal rights of a dog bite victim depend on where the attack happens. Laws vary from state to state, and sometimes even from city to city. In most states, a victim can recover compensation from a dog owner because of the state’s “dog bite statute.” Dog bite law in Connecticut is very strict, and depending upon the circumstances, a victim can recover compensation from:

  • A person whose negligence caused the attack;
  • A person who violated a leash law or a law prohibiting dogs from “running at large;”
  • A person who kept a dog with the knowledge that the dog had a history of injuring people.

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