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Connecticut Dog Bite Law: The Tormenting Defense

Here’s one for the dog days of August.

A Connecticut Superior Court has ruled that a plaintiff was not tormenting the defendant’s dog when the plaintiff was riding his bike in circles in front of the defendant’s house. Moreno v. Edgar (Doc. No. CV07-5004312S)(Alvord J. 2008).

Here’s a quick summary of Connecticut dog bite law. Suffice to say that a plaintiff cannot recover for injuries sustained as a result of a dog bite if the plaintiff is tormenting, teasing, or abusing the dog.

The plaintiff received a tetanus shot which cost $150 as a result of the dog bite.

The court awarded the plaintiff $1,550 for pain and suffering.

I think the only way that one could torment my dog Brady would be to tell her she was going for a walk and then not deliver on that promise. I’m not sure a judge would find such conduct to be tormenting but Brady sure would.