This week we reported on the story of 4-year-old, Mochi, a Zuchon-Shih Tzu-Bichon dog, that was attacked by an American bulldog Saturday, March 9, in the area of Mount Hebron Road and died from his injuries.
The bull dog had no prior history, so the town only required that he be kept under quarantine because he also bit one of Mochi’s owners. It was also suggested that he be muzzled when take out of the home.
In New Jersey a dog owner can be liable only under civil law, as long as the victim was on public property or was legally on private property when the incident happened. The injured person must prove that the owner had a duty to take reasonable care to control the dog’s behavior, that the owner failed to meet that duty, and that as a result of that failure, the dog caused harm to the injured person, according to the law.
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