Animal Bite Cases:

Dog Whisperer, Cesar Milan, verbalizes “psssst” to snap a dog out of unwanted behavior. And he entertainingly proclaims “I teach dogs and train people.”  Truly all animal owners, need to be taught and know the consequences of animal ownership, particularly regarding instance where your animal inflicts bite injury to a human.


Puncture wounds by a K-9 drive deeper the bacteria and germs which can lead to prolonged infection.  The worry from bite injury is lasting scaring and medical expense related to infection and treatment.  Worst case scenarios included death, major mutilation, amputation, minor mutilation, and scaring.  Skin graphing can result because of the original bite or as a consequence of wound debridement.

For your health and for your case, DO NOT fail to get instant and adequate medical care.  The CDC reports 4.5 million people are bitten each year and that one in five (885,000) need medial treatment.  For your convenience below are the relevant Florida Statutes on topic, starting with the Legislative Findings.

The Law

Here’s a finding of FACT from our elected officials in Florida, codified at Florida Statute 767.10: “The Legislature finds that dangerous dogs are an increasingly serious and widespread threat to the safety and welfare of the people of this state because of unprovoked attacks which cause injury to persons and domestic animals; that such attacks are in part attributable to the failure of owners to confine and properly train and control their dogs; that existing laws inadequately address this growing problem; and that it is appropriate and necessary to impose uniform requirements for the owners of dangerous dogs.”

767.01Dog owner’s liability for damages to persons, domestic animals, or livestock.—Owners of dogs shall be liable for any damage done by their dogs to a person or to any animal included in the definitions of “domestic animal” and “livestock” as provided by s. 585.01.

767.04Dog owner’s liability for damages to persons bitten.—The owner of any dog that bites any person while such person is on or in a public place, or lawfully on or in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, is liable for damages suffered by persons bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owners’ knowledge of such viciousness. However, any negligence on the part of the person bitten that is a proximate cause of the biting incident reduces the liability of the owner of the dog by the percentage that the bitten person’s negligence contributed to the biting incident. A person is lawfully upon private property of such owner within the meaning of this act when the person is on such property in the performance of any duty imposed upon him or her by the laws of this state or by the laws or postal regulations of the United States, or when the person is on such property upon invitation, expressed or implied, of the owner. However, the owner is not liable, except as to a person under the age of 6, or unless the damages are proximately caused by a negligent act or omission of the owner, if at the time of any such injury the owner had displayed in a prominent place on his or her premises a sign easily readable including the words “Bad Dog.” The remedy provided by this section is in addition to and cumulative with any other remedy provided by statute or common law.

Its important. It can be dangerous, and you have legal rights. We’ll make sure they’re honored at The SOUD Law Firm.