Category: Pet Law

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Dog Bite Law: Is there a first bite exception?

Carlin Phillips of Phillips & Garcia of Dartmouth Massachusetts explains the Massachusetts Dog Bite Laws a little more this time when he answers the first bite question. THERE IS NO FIRST BITE EXCEPTION IN MASSACHUSETTS.

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Dog Bites: “New Bedford police shoot and kill pit bull in South End attack:” Response

“New Bedford police shoot and kill pit bull in South End attack” CLICK THE LINK TO READ THE SOUTHCOAST TODAY ARTICLE

After recent dog biting incidents we have received many questions about dog laws in Massachusetts, specifically the “who is responsible?” question. As much as we love our pets, sometimes their behavior can become dangerous and cause injuries to strangers, ourselves or even our children.

It is important to understand such laws behind pet injuries, especially for the most common case: The Dog Bite.

Dog bites can be severe and permanent, sometimes requiring expensive plastic surgeries. Like any injury, dog bites can impact a person’s ability to work and even get through their daily lives. If not protected properly, as a pet owner, you can face enormous lawsuits resulting in bankruptcy.

In Massachusetts the dog owner is generally responsible for any injury caused by the dog even when it is on a leash or has escaped from a fenced in yard.

So, as pet owners, what can we do to protect ourselves? If you own a dog, you need a homeowner’s policy that covers injuries or property damage caused by canines.  It is important to know that some insurers reject policies for specific breeds and attempt to limit benefits to dog bite victims.

When encountering such cases, persistence and knowledge of the insurance industry is vital to turn a denied or reduces claim into a paid one. This is when we come in. Just give us a call or send us an email and we can answer all your questions and help you out.

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Preventing Dog Bites

Recent reports have revealed that 5 Billion people are bitten by dogs every year.

Even worse, most bog bites occur on the owners property and involve children ages 5-9. As a father of a young child, this is extremely frightening.

So we’ve got a few simple basic safety tips to help reduce these dramatic statistics.

1.    Never leave children unattended when a dog is nearby or even fenced in.
2.    Don’t approach an unfamiliar dog or a dog that is sleeping, eating, or caring for pups.
3.    Avoid direct eye contact.
4.    If a dog does approach you stand still like a tree. Running and screaming will only make it worse.
5.    If knocked over, roll into a ball and remain still.
6.    Finally, never pet a dog without allowing it to see and sniff your palm-up, open hand.

By following these simple tips you and your little ones can easily avoid dog bite injuries.

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New Pet Trust Law: Dartmouth Attorneys Explain the New Pet Trust Law

Americans spent an estimated 47.7 billion dollars on their pets in 2010. This is a clear example of how much we value our pets, similar to the way we value our own children. Like our children, we want to leave behind arrangements and finances to ensure that our pets can maintain a happy, healthy life, even if they outlive us.

Luckily, Massachusetts has adopted the new pet trust law.

This allows owners to write a trust agreement under which their pet is the beneficiary of trust funds. Starting April 7, 2011, your pets can finally feel safe knowing that when mom and dad are gone they will be able to maintain their happy loving lives. MSPCA Website

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