Is it true that the owner or keeper is only responsible for injuries and damages if the dog has injured someone before?

A: The short answer is “no.”  Connecticut has a statute (written law) that specifically deals with injuries and damages caused by dogs.  That statute makes the owner or keeperfully responsible for all injuries and damages caused by the dog unless, at the time of the event:

  1. the person injured was  “teasing, tormenting or abusing” the dog, or
  2. the person injured was trespassing or committing an unlawful or injury-causing act.

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