Florida statute defines a domestic animal as “any equine (horse) or bovine animal, goat, sheep, swine, domestic cat, dog, poultry, ostrich, emu, rhea, or other domesticated beast or bird. The term “animal,” as used in this chapter, shall include wild or game animals whenever necessary to effectively control or eradicate dangerous transmissible diseases or pests which threaten the agricultural interests of the state.”
In most cases the owner of a dog or any other domestic animal is “strictly liable” for any injuries or property damage caused by their animal. The basis for strict liability is that those who engage in certain kinds of activities do so at their own risk, and must pay for any damage that foreseeably results, even if the activity has been carried out in the most careful manner possible. According to our Florida animal and dog bite lawyers most dog bite attacks are caused by either pit bulls, dobermans or rotweillers. In addition to dog bites, a Florida dog owner can be held responsible if their dog knocks a person over, trips someone, or the dog causes or contributes to a person’s injury.