The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control estimates that there are over 4.5 million dog bites in the United States every year. Insurance company estimates indicate that dog bites cost insurance companies over $400 million in clams each year. If you own a dangerous domesticated animal you may be strictly liable if that animal causes injury to a person or even another animal. Strict liability makes a person legally responsible for the damage and loss caused by his or her acts and omissions regardless of fault. A domesticated animal is any animal (i.e. dog, cat, pig, horse, etc.) that is by custom devoted to the service of mankind at the time and place it is kept.
To prove a cause of action for injury by a dangerous domesticated animal, the plaintiff must show that:
1. The defendant owned or possessed the animal;