Mayhem! Keep your dog on a leash or this may happen!

Just keep your dog on a leash
Just keep your dog on a leash. Screenshot.

What can you say!? Mayhem, is what I said in the title. It is a form of mayhem because the woman lost control of her dog. The dog managed to bite the man. That would give him a claim for compensation. I would be knocking on that woman’s door asking for money. I don’t know where it happened but, in some countries, these circumstances would lead to the dog being branded ‘dangerous’ or ‘potentially dangerous’. It would be a real problem for the owner and it may lead to the euthanasia of the dog. They authorities might confiscate the dog. Of course, the real problem is with the owner who did not keep her dog on a leash as the commentator states. But this kind of behaviour from a dog owner and dog can lead to serious consequences both for the victim and the other two parties.

Most states in the USA have some sort of law which enables the authorities to label certain dogs either dangerous or potentially dangerous. This may lead to restrictions on ownership and on how the dog is handled in public places. And in this instance the woman may be liable for what happened without the victim having to prove that she was negligent. And in some states, it won’t matter where it happened. The victim may even be trespassing on the dog owner’s property and if the dog bites them the owner of the dog can still be liable. It depends on the jurisdiction where it happened. This is called strict liability. Looking at the video, it looks fairly certain that the woman is negligent and the dog could well be potentially dangerous even if they are a sweet dog when with their owner. It would be nice to know what happened next but we never will find out.

Of course, the dog is behaving entirely naturally in protecting the pack i.e. the owner. Should we punish dogs for behaving naturally? All the punishment should be directed at the owner as far as I am concerned.

The video is from the TikTok account of 𝔄𝔪𝔢𝔯𝔦𝔠𝔞’𝔰 𝔒𝔲𝔱𝔩𝔞𝔴 𝔇𝔬𝔤 𝔗𝔯𝔞𝔦𝔫𝔢𝔯. They allow downloads.

Below are some pages (or a single page) on dangerous dogs.

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