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SUPREME COURT WON’T LET SLEEPING DOG LAY

This week the Wisconsin Supreme Court refused to foist an overly narrow interpretation of what a dog owner is within the meaning of Wisconsin Law. When a four year old child disturbed a sleeping dog, “Chase” bit the child. The dog was not the property owners dog, but the property owner was feeding, watering, and caring for the dog. The supreme court found that the property owner was the statutory owner of “Chase” because she exercised dominion over the dog, sheltered the dog, provided water, and was generally responsible for the dog’s well-being at the time the child was bitten. Dog bites are common feature in Wisconsin Personal Injury lawsuits. The law imposes strict liability upon the dog owner, or in this case the “dog sitter.”