Who is responsible for the injuries?

A: In Connecticut, it seems that the dog’s “owner or keeper” is fully responsible for injuries and damages the animal causes.  Finding the identity of the dog’s owner is usually not difficult.  There have been several court decisions about what it means to be a “keeper,” however.
Decisions about what it means to be a dog’s “keeper” often involve injuries on rental properties, where the landlord is sued because he allowed a dog in a tenant’s apartment and may even have known that the tenant’s dog was dangerous.  The courts have consistently decided that a “keeper” must have responsibility for the dog’s “care, maintenance, or control.”  This means actions like “feeding, giving water to, exercising, sheltering or otherwise caring for the dog” at the time of the incident.

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