senate Bill S1191
(D, IP, WF) 44th Senate District
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
Provides strict liability for medical costs resulting from a dog bite or bites; allows exemptions for police work dogs, hearing dogs and service dogs; allows additional recovery where it can be proved that the dog had dangerous or vicious propensities and the owner had knowledge of such propensities.
TITLE OF BILL:
to amend the general obligations law, in relation to liability of owners
for dog bites
To hold dog owners strictly liable for the medical bills
incurred by a victim of their dog's bite or attack.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 adds a new section 11-108 which would hold dog owners
strictly liable for medical costs resulting from an individual being
bitten by a dog.
Section 2 creates an exemption for police dogs, hearing dogs or
service dogs who are performing their duties.
Section 3 states that this bill would be in addition to other
statutory remedies and is not intended to impair or limit other
available causes of action.
Approximately 4.5 million people are bitten annually by dogs and
about 750,000 of those victims seek medical attention. Victims often
have serious injuries to their face and limbs, yet many of them
cannot recover under New York State law. Currently, the victim of an
attack can only recover if he proves the dog is vicious and that the
owner knew of the dog's vicious propensities.
Over the last few years the number of dog bite injuries has increased
and, more recently in the Capital District, there has been a series
of dog-related injuries. Victims of these attacks often need
stitches, vaccinations and re-constructive surgeries; therefore, it
is only fair that the owner of the animal compensate the victim for
these expenses. Punishing a particular breed of dog will not end the
unprovoked attacks, but encouraging dog owners to take adequate
measures to ensure their dogs are well-trained and socialized can
improve public safety. The goal of this bill is to
encourage responsible dog ownership while ensuring that victims
receive compensation for their injuries.
2009/2010 - S.422 Remained in the Senate Committee on Judiciary
2007/2008 - S.723 Remained in the Senate Committee on Judiciary
2005/2006 - S.228 Remained in the Senate Committee on Judiciary
On the sixtieth day after it shall have become law.
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