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  • depends, if your dog is properly caged then I don't think so, thats the other persons fault for sticking their hands where they arnt suppose to be. But if you let your dog rome around on its own then yes you should because thats being irresponsible.
  • absolutely positively, unless he/she was breaking into your house!
  • Certainly. It is called "liability". Every pet owner is liable for whatever their pet does. There are a huge number of dog owners in this country and many, many are not qualified to be owners of the dogs, or other "pets" they have. There should be licensing for pet ownership as well as licensing for pets. And it should require more than a "fee". You should have to pass a test on ownership and liability laws the same as you must pass a test to drive a vehicle or use a boat.
  • Yes they should. As for a case where a person invades the owners property and the dog attacks then no.
  • If the attack occurs while the dog is at large, then yes.
  • Absolutely.
  • Definitely...from personal experience, yes. Even if you have to threaten court action.
  • of course! it just makes sense
  • What if it's the person who attacks the dog first? Who's responsible for that person then?
  • Only if the dog has broken loose and is wandering around with out a leash. If someone trespasses onto your property or into your home then No. A dog can be a wonderful companion if the owner is responsible for them.
  • It's circumstantial. If the person is a threat to you and your family and your dog is a "guard dog", the dog is doing what it feels is best to protect it's owner. To assume that the dog didn't make a decision is to assume dogs have no free will whatsoever. If the dog was TRAINED to attack people and it did so without provocation...sure, the owner is liable.
  • Absolutely. I look at what happened a few years ago to Diane Whipple in San Francisco - the dog owners should have totally taken responsibility. Even if they have never shown aggression before. It's like taking a gun out in public. If that gun discharges by accident, the owner of the gun is still responsible - because THEY took it out in public. Having said that, I love dogs...but I have little patience for people who are irresponsible with their dogs. Of course, the exception to this rule is if someone is attacking you or entering your home. Then you have the right to protect yourself by any means necessary - that includes using your dog.
  • only if the owner has acted irresponsibly...if the dog is defending it's owner then definitely not
  • Yes, though if they have done everything they can and someone else let's them out or goes into their enclosure, someone else is responsible for their own actions as well.
  • Yes unless the person being attacked is a intruder! In that case they should not have intruded!
  • It would depend on the scenario. If the owner is aware of having an aggressive dog, and doesn't take the proper precautions when people are around, then they should. Not to mention the issue of animal cruelty that can render a perfectly friendly dog into a complete psycho. If someone invades the owner's property, I don,t think that they should be held responsible though, or if someone was provoking said dog, as as already stated, if the dog is caged up but the person sticks their fingers in there. There's a lot of different situations to consider. :/
  • Absolutely yes,dogs are the mirror of their owners...dog turn agressive due to lack of knowledge and poor handling skills of their owners.... If attack in a yard of someones property than of course the person is the one to blame....breaking into any animals territorry is gona cost you pain or even life
  • Certainly..there's no doubt!!
  • HELL YES! Dogs tend to do that because they're bred to be that way. They're treated more like weapons than pets. And that tends to go hand in hand with abuse.
  • Definately.
  • Not only should they be; by law, they are. You're responsible for the actions of your minor children, your're responsible for the actions of your pet.
  • No, I had a dangerous dog and he attacked people to defend me yet nobody understood and my neighborhood hates me. We eventually had to put the dog down.What your dog does is doing, you have no control over. So it shouldn't be your fault.
  • ABSOLUTELY.
  • A dog acts because of the way its raise. If you get a rescue dog and it's had a bad life then no it not your fault. But if you've had it from a young age and its dangerous thats because of the way you've raised it. All dog can be find if it has a loving family or if it loves its life, it annoys me when ppl put certain breads of dogs togther eg (Jack are ment to be vicions and kills cats and stuff I have two jacks one thinks its a boxer the other thinks it a cat) Pitball, staff so on it's alway the way it's raised!!
  • Yes, you find that with agressive dogs there is always a reason why its agressive and its down to the owner. If the dog is too agressive then its the owners fault for keeping a dog he or she cant handle as a pet. Dogs are not like people in the way they can weigh up the pros and cons of attacking someone or something.
  • Yes.A person that is not in control of their dog,shouldn't own one.
  • Held responsible...yes. As far as what penalties should they receive, that depends. I dont think a dog should be put down the first time it attacks someone. That dog just doesnt know any better. It hasnt been properly raised and is acting on instinct. Having said that, i dont think anyone should own a dog they cannot trust and/or control.
  • Yes they should. It is the owners responsibility to train their dog. Like others have said they should not have one if they cannot control it.

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