According to a Study by the American Veterinary Medical Association, more than half of all Massachusetts residents own a pet. Moreover, 1 in 4 Massachusetts households keep a dog as the family pet. A study conducted by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Injury Surveillance Program reveals that there are an estimated 6,300 dog bite injuries reported in Massachusetts that require medical attention every year.
Massachusetts Dog Bite Law
According to MGL c. 140, s. 155 dog bites are strict liability offenses in Massachusetts. Strict liability is a legal concept which means that someone is liable for an injury to another regardless of whether they were negligent or not. This basically means that if your dog bites another person and the other person is injured then you are responsible even if you exercised reasonable care to avoid the bite from occurring.