Owners responsible for dog’s actions
WE ARE entitled to be free from all forms of violence from either public or private sources according to our constitution.
By implication, this includes dog attacks.
A person who walks a dog in public, should ensure that the animal is indeed under their control even in the absence of any notices to that effect.
Any owner of an animal is legally responsible for any acts performed by that animal.
Given that most beach walkers wear hats, it was criminally negligent of the dog owner not to ensure control of their animal knowing that it does not approve of hats.
We have not suffered as serious an attack as that on Doug Sutherland, but the East Beach has become challenging with regards to uncontrolled dogs. We were recently threatened with assault for chasing away unrestrained dogs who were a nuisance.
In a separate incident, my wife was bitten by an over-exuberant dog.
It’s high time that dog owners take responsibility for the action of their animals.
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