Am I liable for the dog bite? 22 Answers as of June 11, 2013

I got a free dog of craigslist and had it for about 18 hrs. The dog was not a good fit in our home because it was to hyper. So I gave it to someone else on craigslist and they had it for about 2 hours and called and said it bit the lady’s boyfriend. It never tried to bite anyone in my family. Am I liable for that mans injuries?

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Michael Anthony Wing, P.C.
Michael Anthony Wing, P.C. | Michael Anthony Wing
On your facts, I see no liability on your part. Stay well.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 5/5/2011
Cary J. Wintroub & Associates
Cary J. Wintroub & Associates | Sheldon J. Aberman
Because you neither owned nor possessed the dog at the time of the incident, you should not be held liable for the injuries that resulted from the dog bite.
Answer Applies to: Illinois
Replied: 5/3/2011
David F. Stoddard
David F. Stoddard | David F. Stoddard
I don't think so. I think the new owner is liable.
Answer Applies to: South Carolina
Replied: 5/3/2011
Law Office of Curry & Westgate
Law Office of Curry & Westgate | Patrick Curry
No, It is not your dog.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/3/2011
Patrick M Lamar Attorney
Patrick M Lamar Attorney | Patrick M Lamar
I would not think so.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 5/3/2011
    Paul Whitfield and Associates P.A.
    Paul Whitfield and Associates P.A. | Paul L. Whitfield
    No.
    Answer Applies to: North Carolina
    Replied: 6/11/2013
    Wilson & Hajek, LLC
    Wilson & Hajek, LLC | Eddie W. Wilson
    Based on your facts being correct, no.
    Answer Applies to: Virginia
    Replied: 5/3/2011
    Ramunno & Ramunno, P.A.
    Ramunno & Ramunno, P.A. | Lawrence A. Ramunno
    It appears that you are not liable but that does not stop someone from suing you. Therefore, if you are sued then you must defend the suit or refer to your insurance company to defend.
    Answer Applies to: Delaware
    Replied: 5/3/2011
    Cody and Gonillo, LLP
    Cody and Gonillo, LLP | Christine Gonilla
    It appears that the dog was under the ownership and control of someone else at the time the attack occurred so it does not appear that you should be liable based on the facts as stated. If you have homeowners or renter insurance you should contact your carrier.
    Answer Applies to: Connecticut
    Replied: 5/2/2011
    Ferguson & Ferguson
    Ferguson & Ferguson | Randy W. Ferguson
    I don't think you are liable unless you knew it was dangerous. Did you sale it or give it away?
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 5/2/2011
    Theodore W. Robinson, P.C.
    Theodore W. Robinson, P.C. | Theodore W. Robinson
    No, you're not likely liable for such an injury because you had no notice of the dangerous nature of the dog. Hire an attorney to represent you if you are sued. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 5/1/2011
    LT Pepper Law
    LT Pepper Law | Luke T. Pepper
    If you are in the control of the dog and there was no history of biting there is probably not liability.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 5/2/2011
    Kirshner & Groff
    Kirshner & Groff | Richard M. Kirshner
    Only if you owned the dog.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 5/1/2011
    Allegretti & Associates
    Allegretti & Associates | James L. Allegretti
    I cannot see how you would be liable based on the facts you stated.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 5/1/2011
    David B. Sacks, P.A.
    David B. Sacks, P.A. | David Sacks
    common law provides that a dog owner may be liable for it biting someone. Certain states have dog bite statutes. In this case I highly doubt you would be liable in the situation as you describe it.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 5/1/2011
    Law Office of Mark J. Leonardo
    Law Office of Mark J. Leonardo | Mark Leonardo
    I do not believe you are liable. California Civil Code 3342.5 provides in pertinent part: (a) The owner of any dog that has bitten a human being shall have the duty to take such reasonable steps as are necessary to remove any danger presented to other persons from bites by the animal.

    You were not the owner at the time of the bite and therefore had no duty to take any precautions. The person who owned the dog would be strictly liable for the bite whether they knew about the dogs propensities or not. But in your case, you were not an owner and I cannot think of any reason to hold you liable.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/1/2011
    The Woods Law Firm
    The Woods Law Firm | F.W. Woods Jr.
    No. Once the dog belongs to someone else they are liable for the injuries caused by the animal.
    Answer Applies to: South Carolina
    Replied: 5/2/2011
    Law Office of Russell D. Gray, PC
    Law Office of Russell D. Gray, PC | Russell D. Gray
    Under Utah law, anyone who owns or keeps a dog is liable for injuries caused by the dog. http://le.utah.gov/~code/TITLE18/htm/18_01_000100.htm There may be some liability for you depending on what everyone's intent was when you gave the dog to the other person. If you have homeowners insurance or renters insurance you should contact them and report the possible claim (there might be coverage there); if you don't, you'll just have to hope they don't sue you.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 5/1/2011
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    I doubt it. Especially if you said why you were getting rid of the dog.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/2/2011
    Lyle B. Masnikoff and Associates
    Lyle B. Masnikoff and Associates | Lyle B. Masnikoff
    Maybe if you are still the owner.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 5/2/2011
    Law Office of Travis Prestwich, PC
    Law Office of Travis Prestwich, PC | Travis Prestwich
    Probably not unless you had prior knowledge that the dog had a tendency to bite. For example, if the person from whom you got the dog said the dog was a biter or it bit someone in your household and you did not pass that information on to the buyer, you possibly could be held liable. However, given you only had the dog for 18 hours and then gave it to someone else it is not likely you would be responsible.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 4/30/2011
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