Animals and the Law
Posted: 23rd June 2011
Damage by animals is not common, in spite of the lurid headlines one sees in the popular press. However, if your animal does cause damage or injury to someone else, what is the extent of your liability?
- Is the damage the sort of thing which is likely to occur if the animal is left unrestrained or is likely to be severe if the animal is unrestrained?
- Is the damage caused by the animal due to a characteristic of the animal which is not normally found in the species (which is interpreted in case law as applying to breeds, rather then species as such)? and
- Does the animal’s keeper have knowledge of the characteristic of the animal which is at the root of the damage?