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AM I LI­ABLE IF MY DOG BITES SOME­BODY? – Kenn

Un­der the Mis­cel­la­neous Of­fences (Pub­lic Or­der and Nui­sance) Act, dog own­ers will be li­able to a fine of up to $5,000 if their dog bites an­other per­son. In ad­di­tion, the owner must pay com­pen­sa­tion not ex­ceed­ing $2,000 to the per­son that has suf­fered the in­jury. As this is a strict li­a­bil­ity of­fence, own­ers are li­able in the event of a dog bite even if the owner was not neg­li­gent or did not know that the dog is in­clined to­wards ag­gres­sion. For ex­am­ple, if it was your do­mes­tic helper who failed to close the gate while you were not around, caus­ing your dog to run out of the house and bite some­one, you will still be held li­able un­der the law. How­ever, if the dog bite oc­curred in your home, you will not be li­able if you can prove that you did not ex­pressly or im­pliedly per­mit the in­jured per­son into your home. Source: Sin­ga­poreLe­galAd­vice.com

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