Minnesota Dog Bite Statute

The Minnesota dog bite statute is one of the most liberal in the United States. It is set up to protect innocent people from dog attacks. The Statute reads:

Minn. Stat. Ann. sec. 347.22: Damages, owner liable.

If a dog, without provocation, attacks or injures any person who is acting peaceably in any place where the person may lawfully be, the owner of the dog is liable in damages to the person so attacked or injured to the full amount of the injury sustained. The term “owner” includes any person harboring or keeping a dog but the owner shall be primarily liable. The term “dog” includes both male and female of the canine species.

The ramifications of this statute:

  • not only is the owner of a dog liable — the vet, groomer, or dog-walker can be classified as keepers and as such assume responsibility and liability
  • liability is absolute, no comparative fault permitted
  • affirmative defense not allowed (no justification, no excuses)
  • it is irrelevant whether the dog owner used reasonable care
  • it is irrelevant whether the dog exhibited good behavior in the past
  • it covers bites and other injuries

Minnesota Dog Bite Attorney

With a dog bite or dog attack, legal recovery starts with identifying the dog owner. The next step is contacting an experienced Minnesota Dog Bite Attorney so that evidence can be gathered, witnesses interviewed, and your rights defended. Our partners are experts at personal injury law. We will work to ensure you receive full compensation for your dog bite injuries. Call 612-TSR-TIME or submit our contact form.