Snow Sled Dog Bites And Liability | Canadian Law For Dangerous Dogs

Nicholas A. Battaglia
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This post was reviewed by Nicholas A. Battaglia, Esq., an attorney licensed in New York and New Jersey.  He is owner and legal content writer for a law practice marketing firm and a realty group focusing on new construction builds in upstate New York, where he lives with his lovely wife and his counselor-at-bark Flora, a mixed breed rescue.

Are you wondering about snow sled dog bites and liability? Well, there are many things that you should know about these dogs.

Based on the Center for Disease Study, there are approximately 4.7 million dog bites records every year. For every five dog bite victims, one of them needs emergency medical treatment.

But despite these alarming statistics, people are reluctant to take legal actions.

Most often than not, even the dog bite victim knows who the owner of the dog is, and they do not bother to at least talk it out to them.

They are even hesitant to take it to court even if they are suffering a tremendous amount of pain and have to pay medical bills that resulted from the accident.

But the victims of dog bites must also remember that failure to take action, for that matter, could mean that the dog can attack and bite other people again in the future.

The owner must be held liable legally so that they will take the incident seriously.

They will at least try to do different means to avoid that the same incident will happen again in the future.

With that, I have decided to publish this post to post awareness both for the dog owners and the dog bite victims.

Other than that, I will also try to make you understand the reasons why your dog bites someone or why did the dog bites you.

We believe that being aware of all this can help in reducing dog bites incidents in the future. 

Throughout this article, we will discuss everything related to dog bites and the liability that the owner has to face when accidents happen.

We will use the dog bite cases in Canada as well as their law fit it to illustrate.


Husky Attacks

The term Husky is often used to describe a lot of snow and northern breed dogs. Greenland Husky, Norwegian Husky, Alaskan Husky, and Siberian Husky are among the most common ones. These breeds of dogs are known for having great physical endurance and intelligence.

Usually, they function as sled dogs, and they can run for up to a hundred miles. Huskies are famous for a thousand-mile dog sled race competition that people refer to as Iditarod.

These kinds of competition often take place in the interior wilderness of Alaska.  If these dog breeds’ owners failed to give them sufficient exercise, they could become aggressive and restless. Please read here why is my dog panting and restless


Why Dogs Bite And Aggression Among Dogs

Over the centuries, dog breeders intend to produce more aggressive dogs. Dog aggression has always been their primary objective. They are doing this to create dog breeds that can provide homes with better protection.

Another reason is for entertainment. Let us take pit bull as an example which is produced as one of the dog-fighting breeds. However, based on the United States’ records, 50 percent of dog attack cases are due to pitbull-type of dogs.

Now, when we talk about dog bites, they can occur due to a multitude of reasons. There are several kinds of aggression that often result in biting. Let us discuss each of them below:


#1. Dominance aggression

This particular type of aggression is usually associated with the family members that are interacting with the dog. What can generally trigger this is when there’s something that they take from the dog.

Furthermore, it can also be due to family members or pets that disturb, hold, or pick-ups the dog while sleeping. Please read here why does my dog sleeps between my legs top 6 reasons.


#2. Defensive aggression

The second form of aggression can be attributed both to family members and non-family members. It usually occurs when something approached the dog too quickly or if the dog is frightened of something. please read here what do you do if an off-leash dog approaches you while you are walking a dog


#3. Territorial aggression

This type of aggression is associated with strangers who are approaching the yard or home.


#4. Predatory aggression

Small yet quick-moving animals often cause predatory aggression. It is also commonly directed at children.


#5. Pain elicited aggression

The dog often directs this certain aggression to anyone approaching the fen while the dog is injured or in pain.


#5. Punishment elicited aggression

Dogs often show punishment elicited aggression to someone who is yelling or to those who are hitting the dog.


#6. Redirected aggression

When the dog is already in an aggressive state, you should not approach it. That is because there is a high chance that he will become more aggressive and might attack you.


Relationship Between Dog Treatment And Dog Attacks

According to studies, there is a connection between dog attacks and the treatment of dogs. It means that if the dog is given proper medical care, supervision, shelter, water, and adequate food, chances are, it won’t go attacking other people.

As such, it will be helpful if the public would complain about cases of dog-fighting, neglect, and cruelty. They must give these sentinel events higher enforcement now than it was in the past.

Dogs are not luxury items nor toys. Dogs are living things that deserve and care for their safety as well as the public. Although there are rare canine aggression cases, it is a severe issue for the possible victims, owners, and even other dogs.


Who Can Be Held Responsible For A Dog Bite

What happens with snow sled dog bites and liability? This section will tackle the persons who can be held liable when a dog bit incident occurs. It will also answer the question, “Who can I sue if a dog bites me?”


#1. Homeowners insurance

In a strict sense, the dog owners are liable for all the injuries and damages caused by the dog. But they usually have insurance policies that will cover dog bite injuries.

However, there is some exclusion to the insurance policies entered into by the homeowners regarding the dog bites. We know for a fact that cases vary across different dog bites incidents.

Consequently, homeowners are not permitted to get supplemental or additional insurance for the umbrella policy. Some insurance policies only provide limited coverage for dog bite accidents.


#2. Landlord

Aside from the dog owner, you may also push charges against the landlord when the landlord knew or has a piece of knowledge about a dangerous dog that resides within the property.

The landlord can be held responsible if he was aware of an aggressive dog breed, per se, if someone has reported it to him. It is practical to go after the landlord because the tenant does not have insurance policies that can cover dog bite accidents. But landlords usually have.


#3. In case the dog owner is a child

If the owner of the dog that has bitten you is a child, then the child’s parents will be held responsible for the injuries.


#4. Dog sitter or dog watcher

In case someone else is watching over the dog when it attacks someone, for example, a friend or neighbor of the owner, then the dog owner will still be responsible for it.

In other words, the dog sitter or the dog watcher in the custody of the dog will be covered by the dog owner’s insurance policy.</